Mazda BT-50 Thunder
At Mazda, we are all about the drive – and how it makes you feel. We know that driving is so much more than the simple act of operating an automobile. It’s about touch, feel. Not only should your car respond perfectly to driving input, but every system should be intuitive.
When the components of a system are engineered to work together, that system will operate at peak efficiency. This is the simple idea behind Mazda SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY. But efficiency isn’t the only benefit. It also delivers a superior drive.
The SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-speed automatic shifts smoothly and quickly for steady acceleration. Its advanced control module ensures precision, responsiveness, and efficiency
Built for drivers who love the feel of a manual, the SKYACTIV®-MT 6-speed manual transmission's short-throw is inspired by the legendary Mazda MX-5 Miata.
The Skyactiv® platform, consisting of the body and chassis, is at the center of the Mazda driving experience. The chassis achieves two seemingly contradictory goals at once: nimbleness at low speeds and stability at high speeds. The framework incorporates ultra-high-tensile-strength steel in critical areas to help make it lighter, yet stiffer and stronger.
Conventional internal combustion engines only harness around 30 percent of the potential energy of fuel. So Mazda engineered a smarter engine. By pushing the limits of internal combustion, the SKYACTIV®-G 2.0L and 2.5L gasoline engines deliver much greater fuel efficiency. With higher compression ratios than conventional engines. Simply put, SKYACTIV® engines can compress the air-fuel mixture in the cylinders to an extraordinary degree. Squeezing far more energy from every drop of fuel.
A revolutionary diesel engine, SKYACTIV-D delivers great fuel efficiency without sacrificing clean emissions. With its world-leading compression ratio of 14:1, SKYACTIV-D provides a fuel economy improvement of 20% over conventional diesel engines and meets exhaust emission standards in countries around the world. Installed with a high-efficiency turbocharger, SKYACTIV-D also ensures smooth, direct response as well as superb acceleration.
The SKYACTIV-X is a groundbreaking new engine exclusive to Mazda in which the benefits of a spark-ignition gasoline engine—expansiveness at high rpms and cleaner exhaust emissions—have been combined with those of a compression-ignition diesel engine—superior initial response and fuel economy—to produce a crossover engine that delivers the best of both worlds. Coming after Mazda’s SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine and SKYACTIV-D diesel engine, this third SKYACTIV engine has been given the new name of “X” in recognition of this dual role.
To instill the joy of driving into every Mazda, we engineer with a human-centric development philosophy. It’s how we created SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control. Instead of focusing on the mechanics of vehicle dynamics, we started our development with people. Running countless studies on their characteristics and behaviors to design a vehicle that works harmoniously with the driver. The result? A car that feels like an extension of your body, with more precise steering, better control, and less fatigue.
Fostering a bond between car and driver is a task that goes beyond driving dynamics. In today’s hyper-connected world, cars have become communication tools. Another opportunity for Mazda to improve the driving experience. MAZDA CONNECT is our next-generation interface that allows you to access the information you need and the entertainment you want.
As we turn our works from paper, to clay, to metal, and teach our machines to cut and polish like artists, the human touch is ever present. Pride and passion in every stage of production so that our customers can have pride in every moment of ownership.
When our engineers created the SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control, they followed the ancient Japanese philosophy of Jinba Ittai or “horse and rider as one.” Similarly, the goal of this technology is to create the perfect harmony between car and driver. This results in a more dynamic, responsive and—most of all—more enjoyable drive.