Updated Mazda MX-5 eyes 2013 launch

The Mazda MX-5 has already established itself as the world’s top selling open-top sportscar, and one of the most popular convertibles to ever hit the UK market.

Updates include more safety features, driving upgrades, plus improvements to the exterior and interior trim. All of this will be available on both the hard-top Roadster Coupe and soft-top specification of the Mazda MX-5.

The engine range looks set to remain the same as before, which means the MX-5 will still be available with either a 124bhp 1.8-litre petrol unit or a 157bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine.

To enhance the driving experience of the MX-5, Mazda has modified both the throttle pedal on manual models as well as the vacuum brake-booster to give the driver smoother and more precise control in both speeding and braking, particularly at lower speeds or through twisty corners.

A new safety feature will also arrive on the 2013 Mazda MX-5, called an active bonnet. This will automatically raise the trailing edge of the bonnet when a pedestrian impact is detected, providing more space to absorb the impact and soften the severity of it.

On the outside the MX-5 will sport a more aggressive front bumper design for improved aerodynamic performance, and it will provide greater pedestrian impact protection. A new body paint colour will also be optional, called Dolphin Grey Mica.

For the inside Mazda says it has improved the trim panels and matching steering wheel spokes to boost the cabin’s ambience.

Pricing for the 2013 Mazda MX-5 will be revealed at a later time. The current MX-5 is available right now starting from £17,995 for the soft-top model.

The convertible can be found at Perry’s Mazda dealerships in Barnsley, Blackburn, Huddersfield, Portsmouth and Preston.