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Japanese dealerships have stopped selling the current MX-5 as a revised car is due in the current months
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24 November 2021

Mazda is set to reveal a subtly revised version of its MX-5 sports car in the coming weeks. 

A potential update was hinted at on Mazda’s Japanese website, which confirmed that sales of the current MX-5 have been stopped in lieu of a reveal in the next few weeks. 

“With the exception of some specifications, sales of the current model have been discontinued,” the website said, translated from Japanese to English. “The announcement of the new model is scheduled for this winter.”

Mazda UK has confirmed to Autocar that the update is a simple model-year change, moving from model-year 2021 to model-year 2022, and the specification and technical levels will remain unchanged.

That means significant tweaks to the design or powertrains currently on offer are not expected. It remains to be confirmed whether Mazda will update the MX-5's infotainment to bring it into line with the newer 3, CX-30 and CX-5. 

Mazda hasn’t revealed any further official details, such as a launch date, but more information will be disclosed nearer to the model’s unveiling.

While this appears to be a small update for the MX-5, a next-generation model is due to arrive around 2024 and is likely to retain petrol power rather than switch to an fully electrified powertrain. 

The firm’s design chief, Ikuo Maeda, previously suggested keeping the MX-5 as lightweight as possible was key in solidifying its future, a philosophy that would be hindered if heavy batteries were added to the model. 

“We want to look at the best powertrain to keep the vehicle lightweight, but because of the diversifying requirements and preference, we need to explore various options,” Maeda told Autocar, emphasising that the MX-5 should be a car that “people can own without worrying that they aren’t being eco-friendly.”

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catnip 24 November 2021

I wonder if the price might rise significantly with the updated version .....

mx5xm 24 November 2021

My Mazda MX-5 Miata was text book reliable. It never had a problem in the years I owned it. I am looking forward to the next one I buy and perhaps this updated version, or the newer one in 2024 might be the one! But this time round it'll be the RF version! 

gavsmit 24 November 2021

Improvements my one could have done with were in the areas of reliability, build quality and after sales customer service. 

If there was ever an example of don't believe the hype, the Mazda MX-5 was definitely it for me.