First look at Mazda’s revised roadster
4 September 2008

The facelifted Mazda MX-5 has been revealed ahead of its Paris show debut.We’ve already seen the design plans for the MX-5, and this official image confirms that Mazda’s popular roadster will receive a mild facelift with the majority of alterations happening to the car’s front end.

Most noticeable are the new black fog light surrounds, which have become bigger and taken on a more angular shape to give the car a sharper, more aggressive appearance. The grille has also grown in size and now dips to form a V-shape, rather than the rounded design on the current model. The headlights follow the same theme, taking on a different angle to match the fog light surrounds. A new front splitter design completes the new face. The revisions don’t extend to new engines, so the current 1.8 and 2.0-litre range will remain when sales begin early next year.

Vicky Parrott

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5 September 2008

I like the updated styling, especialy the fender flares and the lower slung front fascia. Should look good on the road.

5 September 2008

Mazda need this, sales of the current modal have been slow over here and secondhand prices are very low (lower than the older model in some cases). An aesthetic re-jig will help but it won't solve the issue. Roll on the all new model.

5 September 2008

Why is the styling of today's cars becoming so clumsy ?

I thought sports cars were supposed to be pleasing to the eye and stir the loins. The Mark One & Mark Two MX5's had very pleasant styling as updates of the first Lotus Elan - I speak as an admirer of the very capable MX5 since it first appearance in the nineties.

This new one looks like the love-child of a Peugeot 407 & a frog-eye Sprite.

Maybe, a reflection of consideration for pedestrian safety & NCAP tests ??

Perhaps, there's still hope for the creaking "new" MG !!

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Mazda MX-5

The Mazda MX-5 is still great fun, and more grown up in its third (NC) generation. For pure driving fun, little else gets close

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