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2013 Mazda MX5

Published July 28, 2012

There have been three generations of the Mazda MX-5, the third one starting from 2005. And this nearly two decade long run of the convertible Mazda MX-5, has seen several ups and downs including the current low it has been facing since its revamp in 2008. As a result, we see Mazda taking the MX-5 Miata seriously and giving it upgrades it needs for the year 2013. It happens to be the Japanese automobile manufacturer’s last attempts to save the MX-5 before production closes out for this generation.
Both exteriors and interiors of the Mazda MX-5 have seen all round improvements. A broader grille has been put in place along with new chin spoiler for the front end. A different type of gray paint is used for this year and has been named as the “Dolphin Gray Mica” paint instead of the “Metropolitan Gray Mica” last year. While the interior gets set in a more sporty aggressive view, the interiors have been pumped up with a newer, better looking tan that gives the seats a premium feel throughout. Both fabric and leather options are available for the seat material. A new Glossy Dark Gray shade is also available for the interiors.
Apart from the upgrades for the shell, no major change has been made for the engine and internal parts. The 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata will carry the same engine from its 2012 predecessor- which is a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine that gives out 170 HP with 140 lb-ft of torque. Both 5 and 6 speed manual transmissions have been retained and can be chosen at will. A 158 HP engine that carries a six speed automatic transmission is also an available option for the takers.
Even though the engine does not happen to see changes from the 2012 version, fine tuning has been done in several forms.  The overall weight of the Mazda MX-5 has been reduced thanks to the redesigned front bumper and new 17 inch aluminium wheels.  As a result, acceleration has improved  overall and the effect can be observed to a greater extent while accelerating out of the corners.
Overall control and safety of the car have also been taken into consideration and it has become much easier to control the car and bring the speed down without significant effort. Another important safety related improvement comes in terms of the “active bonnet”. This bonnet creates an extra space between the engine and itself when the vehicle detects potential impact at high speeds. This extra space will help the vehicle to absorb impact and reduce the damage caused to both the driver and pedestrians in case of a head on collision.
The Prices of the 2013 Mazda MX-5 have not been declared by Mazda as of now but are expected to be around 30000-35000$ range.
As Mazda has put in an attempt to restore their shrinking market figure and stature with the MX-5 Miata, we can see that a number of changes have been made to the 2013 version, though most significant ones are seen only on the exteriors. Overall, it will be a pretty interesting watch when it comes out for the US market.


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Calvin Escobar
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