Mazda MX-5 Facelift Detailed

Mazda detailed the facelift for the two seater Mazda MX-5, also known as Miata in North America and Roadster in Japan. First unveiled at the Paris Auto Show, the restyling targeted both visual and aerodynamics performance components. With the third-generation MX-5 soft top and the Roadster Coupe facelift, designers have given the exterior an enhanced aerodynamic performance and set off the Roadster Coupe with a more premium look, while refining the interior.

The facelift introduced a single front fascia bumper that is more aggressive and aerodynamically efficient. It adopts the typical Mazda fivepoint grille, now framed by newly designed headlamps that slant inward towards the top points of the grille. The inner lenses of the turn indicator lamps at the outer corners of the each headlamp are now white for a quality look. New triangular fog lamp bezels at the lower edges of the integrated bumper are embedded deeply in the fascia surface with thick framing for sporty look.

The facelift’s rear bumper is more integrated into the body. It slants inward and upward to be flush with the bottom of the rear lamps, which highlights bumper thickness. The lower portion of the rear fenders are extended downward. The new rear combination lamps that have a ‘U’ shape when illuminated by headlamps of following vehicles, for an enhanced sense of quality.

The engines for the facelifted edition are the same with the previous version. For the MZR 2.0-litre petrol with six-speed manual transmission, a newly-developed induction sound enhancer (ISE) is added for a sportier driving feel. This component delivers a stronger sound response and a more varied tone by amplifying the pulse sounds created when the throttle valve opens and air is aspirated.

This sound is transmitted to the dash panel through the air, but also to the dashboard, the outside dash top and the windshield frame through a special duct. The sound transmission to the outside dash top creates an even more intense sound when the roof is open.

The first Mazda MX-5 was unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show on February 10, 1989, with a price tag of $13,800 ($24,109 in 2008 adjusted for inflation). The MX-5 is credited with reviving passion for roadsters both in consumers and in manufacturers.
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