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Mazda unveils the 2013 MX-5

Slight nip & tuck for the long serving roadster...

Mazda has today announced a second facelift for the 3rd generation Mazda MX-5. Known as the Roadster in Japan, this third generation model has already had one facelift, but this latest one brings it more in line with the latest style of Mazda cars along with some new kit.

The diminutive two seat open top sports car receives a new front bumper which features a wider grille opening, larger fog lamp opening and a chin spoiler. This gives the front a slightly more aggressive look, but keeping the MX-5’s simple yet pretty style. There are new 17-inch alloy wheels as well, in two different designs.

Inside, seats are now available in new tan leather, black fabric and a combination of Alcantara and black leather materials. There is also now a large touchscreen infotainment screen to control the stereo, satnav and ancillary controls.

There are some mechanical upgrades too, made to improve the driving experience which include crisper throttle response and improved brake booster proportioning (whatever that means).

For pedestrian safety, there's a new active bonnet which lifts at the rear to absorb the energy of impact.

This is the last facelift we can expect from this generation of MX-5 before the all-new model, which will be jointly developed with Alfa Romeo, is expected to arrive in 2015.

Prices for this facelift have yet to be announced, but expect a modest increase over the current model.

Images courtesy of Mazda

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more