Mazda is looking to transform its trucks for kids with a new pickup truck, a vehicle that it says has more of a human-like character.
The company says the truck will be powered by a 4.2-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine, which it says is capable of “truly epic” torque.
The first truck to hit the market is the Mazdas 2, which is powered by an all-new 6.2L diesel engine and has been developed in collaboration with BMW.
It will be the company’s first truck that has a manual transmission, and it is being offered in the U.S. with a starting price of $39,900, or $17,900 with a two-year, $35,000 extended warranty.
Mazda is working on a third pickup, the 3, and will announce that version soon.
The new truck will have a front-mounted six-speed manual transmission and four rear-mounted transmissions, all of which are electronically controlled, and a pair of electric motor choices, including a turbocharged version.
The manual transmission will offer 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, while the electric motor will offer 400 horsepower and 265 lb-fft.
The 4.3-liter V-8 engine in the Mazda truck will also get electric assist, which the company says will make the vehicle more responsive than on its previous trucks.
The truck will feature four doors and two seating positions, which Mazda says are both “totally human-looking.”
It will also have a folding rear seat for two, and the front seat can fold up to four.
The top of the truck is covered with a mesh roof, and Mazda says the vehicle will weigh 2,200 pounds.
It will be offered in four different paint schemes, with the base white with blue stripes, red and white, and green and white.
The Mazdans 2 is the first in a line of trucks to be equipped with a self-driving system.
The system, which will be developed by AI-based startup Otto, is meant to be able to automatically take over from humans when they fail to perform a task or when a human driver is incapacitated.
The truck will make its debut on the new Chevrolet Bolt EV next month, but a full review of the vehicle is still to come.