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”.
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.
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.
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.