Mazda has given its fun-loving open-top sports car, the MX-5, a refresh for 2024, adding new technologies aimed at improving driving dynamics, a freshened up interior, and revised exterior.
The biggest hardware change is the introduction of something Mazda calls DSC-TRACK. This is a new stability control mode that’s been designed to support track driving. It will be available on the top-spec GT RS grade only.
Basically, the system is able to catch the vehicle if it goes too far into oversteer, to the point where a “hazardous spin” is imminent. But Mazda says, ultimately, the driver remains in control, under its ‘Jinba Ittai’ philosophy (horse and rider as one).
A new asymmetrical limited-slip differential is also being introduced for the manual models, featuring a cam mechanism for the conical clutch setup. Mazda says the new diff improves stability, particularly during deceleration.
All models feature a revised electric power steering system which has been tuned to offer a “more nimble and precise” operation, with reduced steering rack friction. Driving enthusiasts needn’t worry though, because the company says the new MX-5 offers a “more natural” and fluid response.
The new model will continue with its 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine, producing 135kW and 205Nm. Unfortunately, Mazda seems to have infused some level of engine noise enhancement into the cabin for 2024. Mazda says: “…for 2024, the sound is now drawn directly into the interior from the engine – without raising the acoustic pressure any more than necessary – resulting in a more stirring audible experience.”
A redesigned 8.8-inch infotainment system is featured on the dash, positioned to offer better visibility, with a revised Mazda Connect system down on the console. In Australia the 2024 MX-5 will be the first model to come with Connected Services, offering automatic emergency calls and remote vehicle status checks.
As for the exterior, the 2024 MX-5 showcases new-look 17-inch alloy wheels, fresh headlights, and a new exterior colour option called Aero Grey Metallic. Other options include: Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Zircon Sand Metallic, Deep Crystal Blue Mica, Soul Red Crystal Metallic, Machine Grey Metallic and Jet Black Mica.
Mazda Australia has confirmed the new model will go on sale in Roadster and RF hardtop form during the first quarter of 2024, with prices and final local specs to be announced closer to the launch.