Upgraded Mazda MX5

Upgraded Mazda MX5 on sale later this year

The famous two-seat Mazda MX5 is being upgraded to improve the vehicle’s driving dynamics and safety levels, as well as give the Japanese firm’s sportscar a fresh new look.

The new Mazda MX5 will get a revised, more aggressive front bumper design to improve aerodynamics and efficiency. Inside the cabin, new panel designs for the door trim and steering wheel give the car an improved ambience.

That new front bumper improves pedestrian impact safety, too. Along with Mazda’s new active bonnet system that pops up the rear of the engine cover in a pedestrian impact – creating space beneath the panel to cushion the blow and absorb energy – the revised Mazda MX5 will provide more crash protection.

Mazda’s refreshed MX5 will also get some mechanical enhancements to further the critically acclaimed driving experience too.

The firm has overlooked no detail here. The car’s accelerator pedal, for example, has been modified in models equipped with manual transmissions to provide greater feel and more linear acceleration, giving the driver more control.

The brakes have also received an update, again to improve control and feel, both in application and lifting off to make braking smoother and faster.

The car will still be available in Soft Top and Roadster Coupé guise with the firm’s 126bhp 1.8-litre and 160bhp 2.0-litre engines. Both engines give good performance in the current car, with a best 0-62mph time of 7.6 seconds in the 2.0i Sport Tech Soft Top variant.

Despite the Mazda MX5’s turn of speed, efficiency still remains high, with a best of 39.8mpg combined and 167g/km CO2 emissions.

The new Mazda MX5 goes on sale in the UK later this year. Expect full pricing and specification information closer to the car’s launch. Drop a line to T W White’s Mazda showroom in Bookham, Surrey and Orpington, Kent to keep updated.

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