Did you know that the pangolin, also known as scaly anteater, is the most illegally trafficked mammal in the world? These docile creatures, whose only defense is to roll into a ball when threatened, are hunted and trafficked for their meal, skin, and scales. The pangolin has been hunted so excessively that the World Wildlife Fund now classifies it as critically endangered.
Thankfully, Mazda Philippines is helping aid efforts to protect the pangolin with the introduction of the BT-50 4×4 Pangolin Edition 2.
“The Mazda BT-50 brought unrivaled design, comfort, and capability to the popular pickup truck segment when we launched it in November 2021. One year later, it is only appropriate that we mark its anniversary with the return of the BT-50 4×4 Pangolin Edition 2,” says Steven Tan, President and CEO of Mazda Philippines.
“We have been extremely pleased with how the all-new BT-50 has been received since its launch. After listening to customer feedback, we have created the BT-50 4×4 Pangolin Edition 2 which builds on the BT-50’s core strengths. Like the first BT-50 Pangolin, it is also an acknowledgement of the important role we have in preserving the delicate balance of our environment as we go about our daily lives,” Tan added.
Designed to sit proudly in any driveway or trail, the Mazda BT-50 wears the elegant Mazda Kodo: Soul of Motion design highlighted by its distinctive face with its three-dimensional signature wing wrapping an assertive grille and extending out to the expressive sculpted LED headlights.
The BT-50 4×4 Pangolin Edition 2 gets a wider, more powerful stance, thanks to the bespoke 18-inch Rota alloy wheels at each corner. Finished in Gloss Black, these wheels are manufactured specifically for the BT-50 4×4 Pangolin Edition 2 with an exclusive Pangolin center cap. With 10mm of additional offset, the wheels now sit flush with the standard black fender flares and body-colored side step boards.
Complementing the muscular stance, the BT-50 4×4 Pangolin Edition 2 comes with a two-tone black/body-colored fashion bar which not only gives the BT-50 a sleeker, almost SUV-like profile, but also improves the aerodynamic air flow towards the back of the truck.
Like other BT-50 variants, the BT-50 4×4 Pangolin Edition 2 offers a generous cargo bed. Together with its standard bedliner, this makes for a versatile hauler for cargo of various shapes and sizes. The lockable revolver bed cover helps keep items stored in the bed safe and secure, while a new tailgate assist function eases the opening and closing of the tailgate. Altogether, these enhancements make it a perfect all-rounder, fusing the usability and flexibility of a true workhorse with the elegance and ease-of-use of a leisure vehicle.
The BT-50 4×4 Pangolin Edition 2 is powered by a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine generating a mighty 190ps at 3,600 rpm and 450Nm of torque from 1,600 rpm. This powerplant is mated to a strong and responsive 6-speed automatic.
The BT-50 4×4 Pangolin Edition 2 sports an electronically controlled Drive Selector that shifts easily between 2-wheel Drive Low, 2-wheel Drive High, 4-wheel Drive Low, and 4-wheel Drive High. Together with an Electronic Rear Differential Lock, maximum contact and traction is achieved even on loose and undulating surfaces.
Like the pangolin that is protected by its scaly armor, the BT-50 Pangolin Edition 2 boasts Mazda Active Safety Technology (MAST), which is standard on all BT-50 4×4 variants, helping the model achieve class-leading safety. MAST bundles technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Auto High Beam Control, and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. This is on top of seven airbags and Electronic Stability Control.
The BT-50 4×4 Pangolin Edition 2, like all brand-new Mazdas, offers a 5-year Free Service Plan which covers the expenses of periodic maintenance at either 6-month or 10,000-kilometer intervals, for up to 5 years or 100,000 kilometers, whichever comes first. This is on top of a 3-year bumper-to-bumper warranty.
The introduction of the BT-50 4×4 Pangolin Edition 2 coincides with Mazda Philippines’s decision to extend its partnership with the Katala Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit Philippine NGO based in Palawan that is active in protecting and conserving threatened endemic wildlife.
The partnership, which started in 2020, saw Mazda Philippines provide a BT-50 to the Katala Foundation to promote its wildlife protection advocacies, and perform its preservation and monitoring duties surrounding the endangered Philippine pangolin.
The new Mazda BT-50 4×4 Pangolin Edition 2 comes as a factory-installed accessory package available exclusively on the BT-50 4×4. It is available in all of the BT-50’s colors: Concrete Gray, Gun Blue Metallic, Volcanic Red, Rock Gray, Icy White, Silver Ingot, and True Black. For the first 100 customers, the package is available at a special price of P68,000. This is on top of the BT-50 4×4’s P1,790,000 suggested retail price.
Bermaz Auto Philippines, Inc. (Mazda Philippines) is the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles and parts in the Philippines. Mazda Philippines’ exemplary after-sales service record has been ranked #1 in the industry twice–in the 2016 and 2019 J.D. Power Customer Service Index Study. There are 15 Mazda 3S dealerships located across the Philippines and Metro Manila – Mazda Greenhills, Mazda Quezon Avenue, Mazda Makati, Mazda Alabang, Mazda Sta. Rosa, Mazda Pulilan, Mazda Pampanga, Mazda Dagupan, Mazda Cabanatuan, Mazda Tarlac, Mazda Cebu, Mazda Bacolod, Mazda Iloilo, Mazda Cagayan De Oro, and Mazda Davao.