Designs for refreshed MX-5 leak onto internet after a patent registration
13 August 2008

Mazda bosses will be embarrassed after sketches of the facelifted MX-5 leaked onto the internet.

The images have reportedly come from a patent application made with the European Union, and show that Mazda is planning a series of visual tweaks for the MX-5’s mid-life facelift, which is believed to be slated for 2010.

Compared to the current car, the headlights have become more angled and the car has gained a front splitter. The radiator grille takes on a more trapezoidal form, in keeping with other models in the current Mazda line-up, and the front fog lights are now inset into deeper recesses.

The evolutionary styling changes are in keeping with Mazda’s long-standing approach to MX-5 updates. The current car has been on sale since 2005 and this mild facelift will take it through to about 2012, when it will be replaced by a lighter and more driver-focussed model.

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14 August 2008

I see the horrendous wheel arches still haven't been sorted. They look like an after thought and gives the impression the body and chassis were designed by two different teams not in contact with one another. And when they brought the two together, the body was too narrow and they had to graft on the awful circular wheel arch extentions. I do prefer the previous generation MX5.

14 August 2008

I like those arches, they give the car some muscles and a much less bland appearance.

14 August 2008

I also like the NC's design (I should, I own one...). The revamp looks minor as expected.

The front of the NB looks like a convertible Hyundai Lantra.

14 August 2008

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I like those arches, they give the car some muscles and a much less bland appearance.


It doesn't give the car muscles as it isn't the body panels that are shaped, it actually looks like a large circular panel was added as an after thought. A bit too Halfords for me.

5 September 2008

The wheel arches look good with the lowered suspension as originally designed. The suspension had to be raised due to EU pedestrian protection laws. The new face is far too generic Mazda.

26 January 2010

I actually the changes on the Mx5 that debuted in 20008. Headlights and the arches look wheel and the overall look gives a sporty appeal. And now there is a concept car which is the Mx5 Superlight.

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