A new, upgraded version of Mazda’s MX-5 is now rolling off the assembly line in Hiroshima, Japan and will go on sale in the UK later this year. The new MX-5 has had its safety features improved and been given a makeover inside and out.
Exterior changes include a new front bumper design that also improves aerodynamic performance, and the availability of a new Dolphin Grey Mica paint finish. Inside, the panel decor and matching steering wheel spokes have been upgraded.
Mazda has said that the upgraded version is now more responsive to driver inputs. Throttle pedal actuation has been modified on manual transmission models, increasing the feeling of linear acceleration and giving the driver even more control when accelerating from lower speeds, on winding country roads, for example.
The characteristics of the vacuum brake-booster have been revised to optimise brake return control, which is especially beneficial when the driver brakes while entering a curve. The new acceleration control then kicks-in when the driver backs off the brake and steps on the accelerator again.
Taken together, the car maker says the two new upgrades make braking more controllable and acceleration after braking both smoother and faster.
Pedestrian safety has also been improved. This model introduces Mazda's new ‘active bonnet' pedestrian protection system which automatically raises the trailing edge of the bonnet if a pedestrian impact is detected. This action provides immediate space under the bonnet to absorb impact energy and soften the blow.
The upgraded Mazda MX-5 will go on sale in the UK later this year.