Mazda Philippines launches thoroughly upgraded MX-5 for 2022 model year

Mazda Philippines has just introduced the 2022 MX-5. While it may still look the same as before, the automaker thoroughly updated the roadster with new features, more standard equipment, and additional safety features. As a result, there are now more variants and combinations available for the 2022 MX-5.

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For starters, the Club Edition (which used to be exclusive only to the RF) is now available for the first time in Soft Top guise. Similar to the RF, the MX-5 Club Edition will feature Recaro sport bucket seats, and 17-inch lightweight BBS Dark Finish forged alloys. In addition, the manual transmission variants of both the soft-top and RF will come with Bilstein dampers for a sportier drive.

Mazda PH reveals better-handling MX-5, soft-top Club Edition image

Aside from making the Club Edition available for all, the 2022 MX-5 can now be painted in a new hue. Called Platinum Quartz Metallic, it replaces the previous Arctic White finish. Mazda claims it has a quartz-like translucency that exudes a sense of class and elegance on the two-door roadster.

Mazda PH reveals better-handling MX-5, soft-top Club Edition image

Inside, the 2022 MX-5 will have the option of new Terracota Nappa leather seats. Mazda says the new vivid and rich brown hue of the new high-quality leather creates a warmer and more finely endowed cabin. The Terracotta finish is then complemented with intricate contrast stitches in the seats, door panels, steering wheel, hand brake lever, and gear selector.

Under the hood, the MX-5 continues to be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder SkyActiv inline-four. It makes 184 PS and 205 Nm of torque. Depending on the variant, it can come with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Manual variants, however, get the added benefit of a limited-slip differential.

Mazda PH reveals better-handling MX-5, soft-top Club Edition image

To further enhance the MX-5’s handling, the roadster now comes with Kinematic Posture Control (KPC). This new technology is unique to the MX-5 and provides a more integrated and stable turning posture when cornering at high speeds, without adding additional weight.

KPC works by applying a slight braking force on the inner rear wheel under high G-Force cornering. This action eliminates body roll and stabilizes the posture of both the driver and front passenger. Thanks to having less body roll, Mazda says the MX-5 achieves better grip on the road.

Mazda PH reveals better-handling MX-5, soft-top Club Edition image

The system can determine road and turning conditions in real-time, meaning it’s best noticed when driving in tight corners and rough road surfaces. It can also detect the difference in speed between the left and right rear wheels.

i-Activsense Safety Technologies such as adaptive LED headlamps, smart city brake support, and lane departure warning will continue to provide an extra measure of confidence and protection on the road for the range-topping MX-5 options. Dual front and side airbags are standard as well across the range.

MX-5 Soft Top SkyActiv MT - PHP 2,020,000

MX-5 Soft Top SkyActiv AT - PHP 2,280,000

MX-5 Soft Top Club Edition MT - PHP 2,580,000

MX-5 Soft Top Club Edition AT - PHP 2,630,000

MX-5 RF SkyActiv MT - PHP 2,330,000

MX-5 RF SkyActiv AT - PHP 2,440,000

MX-5 RF Club Edition MT - PHP 2,720,000

MX-5 RF Club Edition AT - PHP 2,790,000