Mazda has started production of an updated MX-5 at its Hiroshima plant in Japan, which will be introduced into Europe after its official launch at the Paris motor show.
Mechanically, very little is different. Big changes include revised throttle and brake pedals, which are said to be even more responsive than ever. Mazda's next MX-5 - expected sometime next year - will feature the company's all new turbocharged 1.5-litre SkyActiv engine, while the facelift will keep the old 1.8 and 2.0-litre engines.
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Exterior changes are minimal, but a new bumper with a larger grille brings it into line with the rest of the range. To improve the pedestrian crash rating, Mazda has fitted an active bonnet to the MX-5. The interior also receives a minor upgrade with a new steering wheel.