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More power and safety kit for 2019 Mazda MX-5

Mazda’s refreshed MX-5 is to go on sale in Europe this summer, bringing increased power and safety equipment.

2019 MX-5

2019 MX-5

The changes – applicable to the convertible and RF folding hard-top models – see the more powerful 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine get a 15% increase in power from 158bhp to 181bhp. Max torque also increases, from 148lb.ft to 151lb.ft.

Both the 2.0 and 1.5-litre units also meet Euro 6d Temp emission regulations. Mazda said NEDC Correlated CO2 and fuel figures are yet to be announced.

The MX-5 also gains five new features under Mazda’s i-Activesense banner, comprising Advanced Smart City Brake Support and Smart City Brake Support (Reverse) AEB systems for forwards and reversing plus Driver Attention Alert, a Traffic Sign Recognition System and a rear view camera.

Design changes have been kept to a minimum and the updated model gains a darker paint finish for both 16-inch and 17-inch alloy wheels, and the availability of a new brown soft top.

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 goes on sale throughout Europe from August 2018 onwards.  Pricing is still to be confirmed.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.