Mazda MX-5 facelift

27 Jul, 2012 2:45pm

The Mazda MX-5 has been revamped for 2012, and the wraps came off it at the Paris show

The Mazda MX-5 has been updated for 2012, with a larger, more aggressive grille and an improved interior.

The new styling takes its inspiration from the Takeri concept, which was revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show last December and previews the new Mazda 6.

The engine line-up remains unchanged, which means there are 1.8 and 2.0-litre petrols which produce 124bhp and 158bhp respectively. The throttle has been twaeked, though, to provide smoother acceleration. The brakes have also been modified, with the application of a vacuum brake-booster giving a better pedal feel through corners.

There's a range of new colour and trim combinations, as well as a new active bonnet pedestrian protection system, which automatically raises the trailing edge of the bonnet in the event of an accident.

Prices haven't been announced yet, but expect the revised Mazda MX-5 to start from around £16,000 when it arrives later this year.