Mazda makes over MX-5


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Mazda has upgraded its classic MX-5 sportscar for 2013.

High on the list of changes is the revised styling. There's meaner looking front grille and new bumper design which now incorporates a chin spoiler.

Mazda says the new look bumper doesn't only improve the styling but also fuel consumption thanks to it being more slippery, therefore cutting drag.

There's also a new bonnet which is friendly to pedestrians. If a collision with a pedestrian is detected, the trailing edge of the bonnet instantly "pops-up" to increase the crumple zone between the bonnet and engine, reducing the severity of pedestrian injuries.

Mazda's engineers have also fiddled with the throttle response and the braking system to make the already fine-driving sportscar just that bit more impressive to drive.

Inside 2013 MX-5 owners get climate control and new "glossy grey" dashboard and steering wheel inserts in every model, and each model in the range has been upgraded – MX-5 Sport Tech and PowerShift models gain an auto-dimming interior mirror, while Sport Tech models also boast an alloy pedal set.

New to the line-up is the Sport Tech Nav model which features a TomTom sat-nav system with a fully integrated 5.8-inch touch screen monitor, 4GB SD card based map, Live Services, iPod and
Bluetooth connectivity, and complete multi-media functionality.

Oh, and there's also three new colours: Sparkling Black Mica, Dolphin Grey Mica and Crystal White Pearlescent.

It's on sale from December 1, 2012.

2013 Mazda MX-5

2013 Mazda MX-5