Special edition BT-50 4×4 Pangolin contributes to wildlife preservation
A distinct decal depicting an endangered anteater on the side of a Mazda BT-40 pick-up is not the only thing that separates the BT-50 4×4 Pangolin from the standard variant. It is specced up with wheels and decked up with accessories designed to ensure long, versatile, and steady service, matching the gentle tenacity of its namesake.
“The BT-50 Pangolin is Mazda Philippines’ way to acknowledge our important role in preserving the delicate balance of our environment as we go about our daily lives,” shares Mazda Philippines president and CEO Steven Tan.
And only Mazda, a company known for divorcing itself from convention and creating deliberately beautiful designs because of a design philosophy called “Kodo” –that is creating a sense of motion, even at a standstill–has outdone itself in taking the utilitarian yet curvy lines of the BT-50 and create something even more splendid.
The purpose of the BT-50 Pangolin is to raise awareness of the critically endangered species of the Philippine pangolin or “balintong” endemic exclusively to Palawan which is why it is also known as the Palawan Pangolin, a.k.a. Manis culionensis.
So what has the balintong have to do with a pick-up and why name a dirt clawing, traction biting vehicle to the world’s most trafficked mammal.
“The Philippine Pangolin is an endemic and critically endangered species that deserves our attention and concern. Like the BT-50, it is a reserved, yet highly proficient, hard worker,” Tan explains to the media at the virtual launch of the vehicle. He goes on to say that these characters, combined with a partnership with the Katala Foundation–a local, non-stock, non-profit NGO that is active in protecting and conserving threatened endemic wildlife–is to use the BT-50 to promote awareness not only for the Palawan pangolin but also the nature conservation in general.
Conservation at its center
“We at Mazda Philippines will make use of the enduring nature of the BT-50 to promote awareness and inspire conservation of one of the world’s most critically endangered mammals,” Tan said confirming that the company will lend one BT-50 4×4 Pangolin to the Katala Foundation for one year. The NGO will then make use of the pickup truck to promote its wildlife protection advocacies and perform its preservation and monitoring duties during this time.
Now, that there is a clear manifestation again of Kodo. The ‘Soul of Motion’ does not need to be reflected in racing or fast cars but in the way, things are done. For Mazda, the Pangolin edition pick-up’s soul imbues the endangered creature’s personality and its continuance and survival.
“What an appropriate choice Mazda made to give the much-needed attention that the Palawan Pangolin deserves,” says Katala Foundation’s Program Director, Indira Lacerna-Widmann.
Decked out for performance
The BT-50 is one of the classiest pick-ups in the market.
The clean exterior lines and smooth curves inside are less likely to say ‘working man’s truck’ than ‘luxury pick-up truck.” The Pangolin ends that description and brings a new one foward–‘luxury utility sport’–a combination of sporty add-ons to the luxurious and supple feel of the BT-150 and a utilitarian function with the added roof rack and step boards.
To start with world-class quality, locally manufactured, 17-inch Rota alloy wheels were fitted to reinforce the pickup truck’s all-terrain 4×4 capabilities.
Rota is a name revered in racing circles. Not only does it meets all global safety standards including the high standards of Japan Light Wheel Automotive Wheel Testing Council (JWTC) it is also known for being fitted in cars winning in various professional races from Japan to the USA. Bermaz Auto Philippines said in its press statement how proud it is ”to be associated with a local high-quality brand.”
The custom wheels are matched to a set of fender flare extensions, which create a wider and more powerful stance. This one single design element, fluted perfectly with the wheel design, reminiscent of the rally wheels of Dakar and 1000 Lakes takes away the princely stance of the pick-up and gives it more brutality–a subdued and qualmed brutality though. Like it is just waiting for a muddy road to traverse or river to test its 800mm water wading depth.
Also standard with the BT-50 4×4 Pangolin is a new functional and lightweight aluminum black matte finish roof rack that adds additional cargo-carrying capacity and flexibility along with the simple but functional tubular stepboards.
The pick-up continues to be a strong and capable work vehicle that can load up to 1,086 kilograms on its reinforced cargo bed. With its supplemental cargo-bearing capability adding to its already impressive 1,214 liters of available cargo volume, the BT-50 Pangolin can lay claim to load-carrying superiority over its competition.
Equipped with a 7-inch Touch Screen JVC Infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring capability, with steering wheel-mounted controls the special edition also has a black leather steering wheel matched with black leather seats for a premium and elegant spacious cabin for 5 adults.
Powering the anteater’s namesake is Mazda’s potent 3.2-liter 5-cylinder common-rail turbo diesel engine, the highest diesel engine displacement available in the pickup market today. Outputting 200PS of power and 470Nm of smooth-flowing torque to handle propulsion, the BT-50 will go anywhere and get any job done with ease and comfort.
“We hope that with this vehicle, we will have the right direction to achieve the conservation status of this species. It’s an honor for us. The passion that we work for this species—and for other species we are working on—is carried also in the passion for this vehicle.”
The new BT-50 Pangolin is available in six colors: Cool White, Titanium Flash, True Red, Jet Black, Aluminum Metallic, and Deep Crystal Blue. Its special introductory price is P1.4M, a reduction of P150K from the regular BT50 4×4 SRP of P1.55M.
The BT50 4×4 Pangolin also comes with Mazda 5-Year Free Service Plan that includes 10 Periodic Maintenance Service schedules over 5 years, or 100,000 kilometers, whichever occurs first.
Bermaz Auto Philippines, Inc. (Mazda Philippines) is the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles and parts in the Philippines. There are 19 Mazda 3S dealerships located across the Philippines and Metro Manila–Mazda Greenhills, Mazda Pasig, Mazda Quezon Avenue, Mazda Makati, Mazda Alabang, Mazda Cavite, Mazda Sta. Rosa, Mazda Pulilan, Mazda Pampanga, Mazda Dagupan, Mazda Cabanatuan, Mazda Tarlac, Mazda Negros, Mazda Cebu, Mazda Iloilo, Mazda Cagayan De Oro, Mazda Davao, Mazda Butuan and Mazda General Santos.