With a bit of black here and a bit of black there, Mazda’s BT-50 Boss has supplanted the GT at the top of the pile.

And, if you need some music to go with your black mood, the Boss is fitted with Alpine’s all-new S-Series carbon fibre reinforced plastic component speakers to deliver high-end, quality sound.

BT-50 has struggled to make an impact on the sales charts, languishing in 8th spot as the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger slug it out for supremacy in the Aussie market — even though BT-50 shares a chassis and mechanicals with Ranger.

The eight-speaker setup includes four 6.5-inch speakers that feature High Amplitude Multi-Roll (HAMR) Surround technology for high linearity and accuracy. The rear speakers incorporate tweeters and at the front end, two independent 1-inch silk dome tweeters located in the A-pillar recreate pleasant upper range sound.

Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi, said “the new Boss grade amplifies the tough Ute’s looks and adds quality equipment to improve the ownership experience.

Adding the Boss grade to our line-up gives customers the option to purchase an already customised, accessory loaded Mazda BT-50 that will stand out from the crowd.”

The Boss is offered exclusively in Snowflake White Pearl Mica and fitted with contrasting all-black accessories.

Chrome accents have been replaced with gloss black across the body, including the grille, door handles, mirror caps, sports bar and tubular side steps.

The Boss rolls on 17-inch 8-spoke black alloys and adds a soft tonneau cover for increased security.

To further differentiate the model, a bold black and white ‘Boss’ decal runs the length of the body.

Mazda BT-50 boss is available exclusively in 4WD with a six-speed automatic transmission.

With the torquey MZ-CD 3.2 I5 under the bonnet, it offers 147kW at 3,000rpm and has 470Nm of pulling power between 1750-2250rpm.

Sharing all other equipment with the GT grade, the Boss comes with black leather trim, tailgate central locking, a tub liner, power mirrors, privacy glass, 12V auxiliary socket and light in the tub, 8-way power adjustment for the driver’s seat and smartphone mirroring technologies, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

This is in addition to a suite of active and passive safety technologies that has won Mazda BT-50 the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating.

Mazda BT-50 Boss is on sale now at a drive away price of $55,990.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.