Mazda updates the MX-5 with exterior, interior, and mechanical upgrades
Despite the rising prominence of EVs and hybrids, cars like the fourth-generation Mazda Miata MX-5 are proof that two-seater roadsters are still popular, especially among enthusiasts. While the two-seater convertible is not a spring chicken anymore, Mazda continues to give the MX-5 ND plenty of updates to keep it fresh and up-to-date.
For the 2024 model year, the Japanese automaker has decided to give the MX-5 a new set of updates both inside and out. Beginning with the exterior changes, Mazda decided to give it some subtle changes which include redesigned full LED headlights along with integrated LED daytime running lights which used to be on the bumper.
The front bumper itself has been slightly revised which gives it a more distinct appearance to go with the new radar sensor mounted on the front. That's right, the 2024 MX-5 now gets a Mazda Radar Cruise Control and Smart Brake Support. The LED taillights, on the other hand, now have a 3D graphic design which makes them more eye-catching than ever. Rounding up the exterior revisions are new wheel designs and a new color called Aero Gray Metallic which are available for both the soft-top and RF body styles.
Hop inside and there's a new 8.8-inch infotainment screen which is a nice upgrade over the outgoing system. There's also the new interior package called the Mazda Roadster S Leather Package V Selection which combines a beige-colored top with Nappa leather seats which brightens up the cabin.
Under the hood, the 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G engine continues to make 184 PS and 205 Nm of torque. However, it gets a new software that Mazda claims will improve engine response. In addition, the 2024 MX-5 now gets an asymmetric limited-slip differential on the rear axle (6-speed manual models only) which Mazda says will provide better stability along with a revised electronic power steering setup.
Mazda even tweaked the Dynamic Stability Control's Track Mode so that the system will not intervene that much while on the track. And just like the MX-5 revealed for the 2022 model year, the MX-5 benefits from Mazda's Kinematic Posture Control (KPC).
With the 2024 Mazda MX-5 now available in international markets, we can expect the upgraded roadster to make its way to the Philippines sometime next year at the earliest.