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Mazda MX-5 Miata Packs More Power And New Safety Tech

20 June 2018

Though it uses the same 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine as before, the 2019 MX-5 makes 181 horsepower - an increase of 26 over the current model. That's 26hp (26PS / 19kW) and 3lb-ft (4Nm) of torque more than before.

The most significant change is as discussed in that Japanese drive, the 2.0-litre engine now boasting 184hp at 7,000rpm and redlining at 7,500. The latter is said to provide "richer sound quality".

According to Mazda, these changes make the 2019 Miata "quicker, more responsive and aims to be more engaging to drive". 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. A backup camera is now standard (as it is on all cars moving forward), and upper trim levels now receive traffic sign recognition and Mazda's Smart City Brake Support active braking tech.

When Mazda went back to the basics on its fourth-generation MX-5 Miata, we deemed it a mighty fine, if modestly powered, effort. Pricing and full specifications will be announced at a later date. Mazda assures us this revised unit has also been "acoustically tuned".

The 1.5-liter mill was also reworked, but the brand doesn't say anything else about it.

A new brown canvas top option will presumably accompany some new paint finish options, but we'll have to wait until closer to the 2019's release (this fall) to see for certain.

While the surprise of a new MX-5 has been dulled somewhat with the auto already in Japan, it's still nice to receive confirmation from Mazda of a faster, smarter, more dynamic roadster.

Mazda says the naturally aspirated 2,0-litre four-cylinder features "improved combustion and greater torque", and complies with new WLTP test cycle.

Mazda MX-5 Miata Packs More Power And New Safety Tech