2019 Mazda MX-5 Gets More Power, New Features, Goes On Sale In USA This Fall

After pulling the cover off the 2019 MX-5 in Japan last week, Mazda just unveiled the US-spec, which benefits from largely the same updates.

These include the reworked SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine, which makes 181hp (184PS / 135kW) and 151lb-ft (205Nm) of torque. That’s 26hp (26PS / 19kW) and 3lb-ft (4Nm) of torque more than before.

Mazda has also raised the redline from 6,800 rpm to 7,500 rpm, and installed a new exhaust system. The latter is said to provide “richer sound quality”. Thanks to these upgrades, the automaker says the 2019 MX-5 is “more responsive and aims to be more engaging to drive”.

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In addition to the mechanical work, the company has introduced a new brown canvas soft top and black metallic 17-inch rims. These are joined by the “easier-to-open doors”, in Mazda’s own words, revised door stops, modified cupholders and seat levers, and new telescoping steering wheel, with 1.65in (42mm) of travel.

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 will be sold with a new standard reversing camera, on all trim levels. Other driving assistance equipment includes Traffic Sign Recognition, Smart City Brake Support and the i-ActiveSense safety technologies found on different grades.

Look for the refreshed Mazda MX-5 at dealers starting this fall. Pricing and full specifications will be announced at a later date.

European Model

Besides the US-spec MX-5, Mazda has also updated the European models. These benefit from an updated 2.0-liter petrol engine as well, which now makes 184PS (181hp / 135kW) and 205Nm (151lb-ft) of torque, or identical to the overseas sibling.

The 1.5-liter mill was also reworked, but the brand doesn’t say anything else about it. Still, we could be looking at the same 132PS (130hp / 97kW) and 152Nm (112lb-ft) of torque as the Japanese model. Both engines meet the latest Euro 6d Tem emission regulations.

Also Read: When In The World Did NA Mazda MX-5 Miata Prices Get So High?

Mazda is also offering the same brown canopy for the soft-top models, along with darker paint finishes for the 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Finally, they have introduced new i-ActivSense safety technologies, such as the Advanced Smart City Brake Support, Smart City Brake Support (reverse), Driver Attention Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition and Rear View Camera.

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 will go on sale in Europe from August 2018.

  • Jp

    I wish Mazda disclosed how the changes impacted this car’s weight! Isn’t it what the Miata is all about?

    • diesel_vdub

      How is the Miata relevant? That name was dropped years ago. This is all about the MX-5.

      • Victor Ferreira

        The car is still called the MX-5 Miata…

    • Jason Miller

      If you read the Japanese unveiling recently you would see that the new components are actually lighter.

  • Shahul Usman

    180hp and 7500rpms in the low weight rwd manual MX5 seems like a great drive

    • pcurve

      still looks fresh too

  • iea96

    Great news! Now all we need is an old vs new comparision video/review on YouTube.

  • TristansAdventures

    Hmm looks like fiat needs to step up the 124 Abarth now that miata is killing it as the 124 abarth has more HP.

  • Bo Hanan

    Imagine getting more power from an engine?… That’s you Toyota & Subaru!

  • Emoto

    A friend bought the “hard top” version of the current model. I am 6’3″ and could barely cram myself into it. I was looking over the top of the windscreen. Don’t bother with these if you are tall.

  • Honda NSX-R

    7500 rpm? This would be a pleasure to wring out such a sweetheart of an engine

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