The Mazda MX-5 is not just an icon of the sports car world, but across the entire automotive industry. It’s therefore no surprise Mazda has played it safe throughout the current car’s lifespan, with only minor updates since its launch in 2015 – but next year will bring in its biggest changes yet.

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On the outside we’re seeing the first aesthetic tweaks for the current MX-5. There’s new LED headlights with daytime running lights, and the rear lights have been redesigned too. Aero Grey has also been added to the list of exterior paint colours. 

The cabin features a larger 8.8-inch touchscreen, replacing the old seven-inch display that was only operated by the rotary dial on the centre console. Apple CarPlay connectivity remains, although there’s now a newer infotainment system built-in. A frameless rear-view mirror and USB-C charging ports have also been added. 

The fourth-generation ‘ND’ MX-5 has been a serial category winner at the Auto Express New Car Awards, largely due to its excellent driving dynamics. Thankfully Mazda has only lightly tweaked the MX-5’s mechanicals for 2024. 

All models get a ‘Dynamic Stability Control’ track driving mode which Mazda says doesn’t intervene “until a later parameter” and should deliver “a more dynamic, yet secure, drive experience with first-time track drivers in mind”. The accelerator has also been tweaked to deliver more acute throttle application and the electric power steering system has been revised, with Mazda claiming a more natural response. 

The range of engines is unchanged. The entry-level car gets a 130bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder, with a 2.0-litre unit above this producing 181bhp. The Prime-Line trim level is mated to the 1.5-litre engine, with Exclusive-Line offered with either 1.5 and 2.0-litre engines. The range-topping Homura is sold exclusively with the 2.0-litre engine.

The 2.0 now gets a front strut brace, limited-slip differential and Bilstein dampers. The differential has been revised for the 2024 models, to improve cornering stability and better match the engine’s output.

Unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, pricing and delivery times are yet to be announced. We expect the new MX-5 to receive a minor price bump over the current £25,515 starting figure.

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