Updated Mazda MX-5 Roadster arrives in Europe this fall at the Paris Motor Show (Photos)
Mazda Motor Corporation, Japanese automotive manufacturers have successfully presented their 2013 MX-5 Roadster in Japan. European buyers will however have to await September when the vehicle will be making its debut at the Paris Auto Show after which it will be released for the European markets. The new Mazda MX5 sportster will have a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine that delivers a total of 170 HP and 140 lb-ft of torque, coupled to either a 5-speed or a 6-speed manual transmission. 158 HP version is also available only with an optional 6-speed automatic transmission.
In Europe, Mazda MX-5 will be offered both with a soft top and retractable hard top. It will be equipped with a novel safety feature called “Active Bonnet” where by car hood is automatically raised on detection of possible and impeding pedestrian impact. Mazda Roadster will have a new front bumper design and new front grille and fog lamp rims.
MX-5 known as Roadster in Japanese markets has already made its official debut and is currently on sale in all Mazda dealerships in the country. It is seen with a tan colored interior with genuine leather upholstered seats. Improvements are also seen in throttle and brake which contributes to better control of accelerator in manual transmission models and brakes in all models offered in the country.
Mazda has not announced prices for European markets but in Japan the MX-5 is available for $29,100 (¥2,330,000) to $36,000 (¥2,920,000).
Read the press release below for more information.
For more images, click here.
Auto News Release
Upgraded MX-5 Roadster coming to Europe this Fall
Leverkusen, 11 July 2012. A newly-upgraded version of the world’s most popular open-top sports car, the Mazda MX-5, is now rolling off the assembly line in Hiroshima and will go on sale in Europe this fall. It has enhanced safety and driving attributes, along with exterior and interior upgrades to make its two models – the retractable hardtop coupe and the classic soft-top – even more attractive.
More aggressive Outside, enhanced Refinement Inside
The upgraded MX-5 has a new front bumper design that makes the roadster more aggressive-looking and contributes to optimal aerodynamic performance. Europeans will also have a beautiful new grey exterior colour available, as the former Metropolitan Grey is replaced with Dolphin Grey. And on the inside, panel décor and matching steering wheel spokes have been upgraded for a touch of refinement.
More fun in the Curve
The MX-5 has always provided one of the world’s most intimate and enjoyable drives, and the upgraded version is now even more responsive to driver input. Throttle movement, and the degree to which the gas pedal is pushed, are now controlled separately (on manual transmission models). This increases the feeling of linear acceleration, and gives the driver even more control when accelerating from a reduced speed, on winding country roads, for example.
This is combined with revised vacuum brake-booster characteristics that optimize brake return control, which is especially beneficial when the driver brakes upon entering a curve. New acceleration control then kicks-in when the driver lets off the brake and steps on the gas pedal again. Taken together, these two new upgrades make braking more controllable, acceleration after braking smoother and makes it easier for the driver to reach the desired vehicle speed after braking. The upgraded MX-5 – already legendary for its Jinba Ittai “one-with-the-car” driving experience – is now even more fun to drive on a daily basis.
The Bonnet that softens the Blow
Not only is the upgraded MX-5 more aggressive-looking, aerodynamic and better in the curve, pedestrian safety is also greatly improved. Mazda introduces a new “active bonnet” pedestrian protection system that automatically raises the bonnet if a pedestrian impact is detected. This provides immediate space under the bonnet to absorb impact energy and soften the blow. And the new front bumper design enhances pedestrian leg protection as well.
The upgraded Mazda MX-5 will go on sale across Europe in autumn 2012.