Mazda has updated its MX-5 sportscar line-up by adding upgraded models that feature new looks, a pedestrian-friendly bonnet and satellite navigation system. The upgraded models also feature side airbags and climate control air-conditioning as well as a more exciting driving experience. The newest member of the upgraded Mazda MX-5 line-up now includes the 2.0-litre MX-5 Sport Tech Nav models, featuring integrated satellite navigation as standard - a Mazda first on the MX-5 range.
The MX-5 Sport Tech Nav models will be available for sale starting December 1, 2012 at starting prices of £18,495 to £23,595 on-the road (OTR). Aside from endowing new looks to the upgraded Mazda MX-5, the new front-end design also enhances pedestrian safety. The MX-5 is the first Mazda vehicle to be fitted with the carmaker’s newly developed active bonnet system.
If the system detects a collision with a pedestrian, the trailing edge of the bonnet immediately ‘pops-up’ to increase the crumple zone between the bonnet and engine, thus decreasing the severity of pedestrian injuries.
Each of the upgraded Mazda MX-5 still offers the marque’s distinct ‘Jinba Ittai’ handling elegance, thanks to its rear-wheel drive chassis that provides perfectly balanced handling and pure driving experience. The six manual transmission models now feature a modified throttle to enhance responsiveness and provide more linear, dexterous acceleration, which is more exhibited when maneuvering on corners.
Mazda also improved the vacuum brake booster to enhance brake return control and front-rear load distribution. The upgraded Mazda MX-5 also features enhanced equipment with climate control air-conditioning and glossy dark grey dashboard panel as well as steering wheel inserts. Upgraded Mazda MX-5 Sport Tech and PowerShift models now don an auto-dimming interior mirror, while Sport Tech models now sport an alloy pedal set.
Under the upgraded Mazda MX-5, customers will now have the option to pick from a selection of three powertrains. While they offer different performance figures, all of them have been fine-tuned to make sure that fuel consumption is minimized while at the same excitement is maximized. The 1.8i MZR with 126ps for instance comes with a five-speed gearbox.
Meanwhile, the 2.0i MZR that offers 160ps offers customers the choice between the manual six-speed transmission and the paddle-shift six-speed sequential “PowerShift” transmission. The latter in fact allows for a fully automatic mode or manual control. To complement a range that has been redesigned, Mazda is also offering a new range of colors for the MX-5 range.
These include Crystal White Pearlescent, Dolphin Grey Mica, and Sparkling Black Mica. Offered as well are Aluminium Silver Metallic, Copper Red Mica, Stormy Blue Mica, and True Red Solid. This upgraded version also has the advantage of being fitted with improved equipment like the climate control air conditioning. Each model will also have the steering wheel inserts and the dashboard panel in glossy dark grey.
The PowerShift and Sport Tech variants will now have the interior mirror showing an auto-dimming function. Sport Tech versions will also have the alloy pedal set. One new model for the MX-5 range is the Sport Tech Nav. Among its many features is the satellite-navigation TomTom system that comes integrated with a 5.8-inch monitor having touch screen capabilities. Additional features include Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, Live Services, and a map of 45 countries through a 4GB SD card. There is also complete multi-media functionality.