Mazda MX-5 updated

The Mazda MX-5 has been updated, with a subtle face-lift and improved safety kit.

Cosmetic changes for the new MX-5 are limited to a new front bumper, that gives a more aggressive look, in line with Mazda's other models. The manufacturer says it also improves the MX-5's aerodynamics.
 
A new Dolphin Grey Mica paint option will be available, too, and, on the inside, the trim panel and steering wheel spokes are finished in a new material, for a classier look.
 
On models with a manual gearbox, the throttle pedal actuation has been modified, to give a more responsive feel. Mazda says it gives a more linear action when accelerating from lower speeds. 
 
The MX-5's braking has also been improved, with a system that's designed to make stopping more controllable, and acceleration after braking smoother and faster.
 
An 'active bonnet' has been introduced to improve pedestrian safety. If a pedestrian impact is detected, the rear of the bonnet automatically raises, to help absorb the impact and provide extra space under the bonnet.
 
The upgraded Mazda MX-5 goes on sale later in 2012. Prices and specification are yet to be confirmed, but we'd expect a small increase over the current model, which starts at £17,995.
 
An all-new MX-5, co-developed with Alfa Romeo, is due in 2014.