Arashi which translates to ‘Storm’ is already causing exactly that, with its striking design and a feature set that reads like the wish list of any enthusiastic ute owner.
Andrew Clearwater, Managing Director of Mazda New Zealand says while they don’t often customise vehicles when they do the focus is to make something worthy of a special edition badge.
“The Arashi is a great credit to our team, for working closely with our partners to create a vehicle that is not only unique but makes a very bold statement on the road. Equally important is that the vehicle offers outstanding value for money with all the additional features,”
Available in a choice of 2WD, 4WD, 6-Speed Automatic or 6-Speed Manual, the BT-50 Arashi offers customised packaging in a choice of either Cool White or Black Mica Double Cabs at no extra cost.
This stand-out Ute is customised from the BT-50 GSX grade and now has a hefty feature set including a genuine Mazda nudge bar, bonnet protector and weathershieds.
The Arashi is equipped with a three-piece sports lid, a sports bar and branded deck liner while sporting a set of 17” Advanti Racing Typhoon satin black alloy wheels and black anodised running boards.
The BT-50 is powered by the 3.2 litre turbo-diesel engine - Mazda’s first 5 cylinder engine offering large displacement in a compact, highly-efficient unit that achieves class-leading power and torque, 147kW at 3,000 rpm and 470Nm at 1,750-2,500 rpm.
When it comes to comfort and safety the BT-50 has a total entertainment package featuring radio, MP3 / WMA compatible CD player with AUX, iPod and USB inputs, with a Multi Function Display. Keyless entry, cruise control and dual-zone climate controlled air conditioning are all standard.
Rear parking sensors and a reversing camera combined with a number of handling, braking and control systems including Traction Control System (TCS), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Load Adaptive Control (LAC) all contribute to the 5-star ANCAP Safety rating.
Finished with Solar Gard® window tints, customised LED daytime running lights, Arashi graphics, badging and a Pantera® rearview mirror with navigation system this ute is no storm in a teacup.
Fifty of the BT-50 Arashi Special Edition are in production and priced from only *$46,195 plus On Road Costs.
*Recommended Retail Pricing for 2WD 6-speed manual model