The 2024 Mazda MX-5, debuting in Japan, showcases a range of updates including new lighting, a modern infotainment system, and enhanced engine performance.
Enhanced lighting with integrated LED headlights and updated taillights.
Infotainment system upgrade featuring an 8.8-inch display.
New asymmetrical limited-slip differential and tweaks to electric power steering for improved handling.
Mazda has launched an updated version of its MX-5 in Japan, referred to as the “ND3”, marking a progression from the 2019 “ND2” variant. This latest iteration, set to be introduced globally after its mid-January 2024 debut in Japan, presents several notable enhancements.
A significant visual update is the integrated LED headlights, replacing the previous bumper-installed design that dated back to the 2015 ND1 model. The rear lighting has also received a modern touch with comprehensive LED usage, including turn signals. The front grille now incorporates a radar sensor to support adaptive cruise control with Smart Brake Support, enhancing safety by auto-stopping the car at speeds up to 9 mph upon detecting obstructions. The vehicle’s appearance is further refined with the introduction of the Aero Gray Metallic paint option and newly designed 16- and 17-inch wheels.
Internally, the Miata’s outdated infotainment system has been replaced by a state-of-the-art 8.8-inch display. This upgrade not only modernizes the dashboard but promises smoother functionality over its predecessor. Additional interior features include a fresh tan and beige color combination, evoking classic roadster designs.
Performance-wise, the Miata ND3 introduces an asymmetrical limited-slip differential, optimized for the manual six-speed gearbox versions. This, coupled with modifications to the electric power steering, promises a more responsive driving experience. Furthermore, the 1.5-liter engine, exclusive to markets outside the US and Canada, now boasts an additional four horsepower when using high-octane fuel.