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Hot off the press, the brand-New Mazda BT-50 has landed on Australian shores ahead of its October on-sale date.

The first batch of 39 third-generation Mazda BT-50 Dual Cabs arrived at the Brisbane shipping port this week, transported by the Florida Hwy vessel.

Once on Australian soil, the BT-50s were processed and cleared to commence the next phase of their international journey, being loaded onto trucks for delivery to Mazda dealerships nationally.

The BT-50 launch range includes Dual Cab Chassis and Dual Cab Pickup body styles and three trim levels: well-equipped XT, ruggedly stylish XTR and highly-specified GT.

The model has been rebuilt from the ground up and will add much-needed competition to a market dominated by the Toyota HiLux and Ford Raptor models.

Mazda’s commitment to offering best-in-class safety carries over from passenger cars and SUVs to Brand-New Mazda BT-50, which brings new features to the segment to meet tougher safety standards.

For the first time Adaptive Cruise Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are all available as standard equipment.

While no ANCAP Safety rating scores for the BT-50 are currently available, it will be interesting to see how it stacks up against the authority’s stricter 2020 testing criteria in coming months.