The fourth generation of the world’s best-selling two-seat sports car, the Mazda MX-5, was launched to the global market two years ago as the 2016 Mazda MX-5 (ND). But this early in its life cycle, the convertible sports car also known as the Miata is already getting a number of updates, as announced by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO).
The 2018 Mazda Miata will still be available in three trim levels: the entry-level MX-5 Sport, the hardcore MX-5 Club and the most sophisticated of the trio, the MX-5 Grand Touring. For the 2018 model year, the three trim levels will boast of a number of design, performance and functional updates.
Design updates for the 2018 Mazda MX-5 include the availability of a new Dark Cherry and a Black soft top. Likewise, Mazda is adding new color finishes for the exterior palette of the new 2018 MX-5, such as Eternal Blue Mica, Snowflake White Peal Mica and Soul Red Crystal. Mazda MX-5 customers may also avail of the Machine Gray Metallic finish, which was previously exclusive available on MX-5 RF retractable fastback models. Inside, further MX-5 RF Launch Edition-exclusive features are now available for the MX-5 Grand Touring models, like an Auburn-colored interior and Nappa leather seating surfaces.
Performance updates, meanwhile, include the retuning of the rear suspension and power steering of the 2018 MX-5, allowing for a steadier ride, greater degrees of handling and reduced levels of unwanted cabin noise. All 2018 MX-5 models bound for the United States will be powered by 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G engine that sends 155 horsepower of output to the rear wheels through either a six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual gearbox (standard) or a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters (optional).
On the other hand, functional updates differ for each of the three MX-5 trims, although Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry -- previously optional on manual models -- is now standard on all models. For instance, the 2018 MX-5 Sport now features the Mazda Connect infotainment system with a seven-inch full-color touchscreen display and multi-function Commander, as well as HD Radio connectivity. The MX-5 Sport also comes with cloth bucket seats, leather-wrapped shift knob and handbrake, dual cupholders and a USB port as well as Bluetooth phone pairing and audio streaming. The new MX-5 Sport also features headlights and tail lights employing light emitting diode (LED) units.
Meanwhile, the 2018 MX-5 Club is provided with heated cloth seats with red stitching, a Bose nine-speaker Premium audio system with speakers on the headrests of the driver and passenger, as well as two USB ports. Also standard on the MX-5 Club are 17-inch dark gunmetal aluminum alloy wheels, and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Bilstein shocks, a limited-slip differential and a shock tower brace are featured on manual MX-5 Club models. The 2018 MX-5 Club could optionally be availed with the Brembo/BBS Package that includes heated, black leather-trimmed seats, a rear bumper skirt and aerodynamic side still extensions as well as forged 17-inch BBS wheels and front Brembo brakes. Also available is the new Brembo/BBS RECARO Package that includes all elements in the Brembo/BBS Package but feature heated, RECARO sport seats.
As for the 2018 MX-5 Grand Touring, this version features a number of standard creature-comfort elements like heated, leather-trimmed seats, automatic climate control, additional sound absorption material in the cloth headliner as well as rain-sensing windshield wipers. Also included as standard are automatic on/off headlights, High Beam Control with Adaptive Front-lighting System, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Lane Departure Warning and navigation.
Mazda will commence sales of the 2018 MX-5 at the end of this month, with nationwide availability expected in January 2018. The new Mazda MX-5 will have an entry-level base price of $25,295 (standard manual MX-5 Sport). The starting prices for the standard manual MX-5 Club and Grand Touring models are $29,155 and $30,195, respectively. Prices exclude $890 destination. The Club Brembo/BBS Package and Club Brembo/BBS Recaro Package are priced at $3,770 and $4,470, respectively.