Mazda revamps MX-5 sports car range

Mazda has introduced a new upgraded version of its famous MX-5 sports car.

The new seven-model range will go on sale on December 1, priced from £18,495 to £23,595 on the road.

It includes the 2.0-litre MX-5 Sport Tech Nav, which is the first MX-5 to feature integrated satellite navigation as standard.

Developers say the new model, with its satellite navigation system, side airbags and climate control air-conditioning will create a "more rewarding" driving experience.

Mazda spokesman Peter Allibon said the new MX-5 was a modern sports car that people could buy with both their heart and their head.

He said the car's "aggressive" new front grille and the new bumper design, with its bold chin spoiler, created a deeper and wider look which has been designed to improve the vehicle's aerodynamics by reducing drag around the fog lamp and front tyres.

When developing the upgraded Mazda MX-5, Mazda's designers were determined to make the revised roadster even better looking and even more fun to drive.

As well as revamping the car's appearance, designers have also adjusted its front end in a bid to boost pedestrian safety.

The MX-5 is the first Mazda to be equipped with the company's new active bonnet system. In the event of a crash, the edge of the bonnet will pop up to increase the "crumple zone" between the bonnet and engine, reducing the risk of serious injuries.

All the upgraded models offer the manufacturer's 'Jinba Ittai' handling system. The rear-wheel drive chassis has also been designed to deliver perfectly-balanced handling.

The six manual transmission models feature a modified throttle to improve responsiveness for situations such as manoeuvring out of corners. Meanwhile, engineers have improved the car's vacuum brake booster to improve brake return control.

Mazda will no doubt be hoping that the latest relaunch will boost sales of a car that has been voted 'Best Roadster' by Auto Express magazine for six years in a row.

Mr Allibon said the car's "enviable reliability" had also been confirmed by this year's What Car? magazine survey. He said the car's low running costs and current low-rate finance offers were among some of the biggest attractions for buyers. 

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