Mazda refreshes MX-5 for 2013

Mazda has released full details for the 2013 MX-5, revealing that next year’s model will benefit from more kit across the range.

Mazda has released full details for the 2013 MX-5, revealing that next year’s model will benefit from more kit across the range.

All seven MX-5 models will now have climate control as standard as opposed to the manual air conditioning found on previous entry-level cars. A new, fully-integrated TomTom sat-nav system with a 5.8-inch touch-screen is to come as standard on the range-topping Sport Tech Nav.

Visually the new car is distinguished by a tweaked front end, with a deeper grille and a chin spoiler to improve the aerodynamics around the bumper. It effectively reduces drag around the fog lights and over the front wheels.

Underneath the new design is an active bonnet that improves safety for pedestrians by popping up if an impact is detected. It creates greater space between the bonnet and the engine, much reducing the chance of injury for the pedestrian.

Glossy dark grey trim inserts update the interior look, while PowerShift automatic models gain an automatically dimming rear-view mirror. Manual Sport Tech versions gain the same mirror plus a set of alloy pedals.

A new selection of colours has been introduced for 2013, including Sparkling Black Mica, Dolphin Grey Mica and Crystal White Pearlescent. Also available are the existing True Red Solid, Aluminium Silver Metallic, Copper Red Mica and Stormy Blue Mica.

The 124bhp 1.8 and 158bhp 2.0-litre engines are unchanged, with five- and six-speed manual gearboxes respectively. An automatic option is available, but only with the larger engine.

When linked to manual gearboxes both engines will have a revised throttle system designed to improve responsiveness and give more linear acceleration, especially on the way out of corners.