We spec-check the world's most popular roadster, the Mazda MX-5

We spec-check the world's most popular roadster, the Mazda MX-5

Mazda Philippines officially launched the 2022 MX-5 last week. The all-new MX-5 features new color and trim options, as well as improvements on handling designed to make driving even more pleasurable, comfortable, and connected.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What are the two body styles available for the Mazda MX-5?

    The Mazda MX-5 is offered in Soft-Top and Retractable Fastback (RF) body styles.
  • What powers the Mazda MX-5?

    The Mazda MX-5 is powered by a 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine that churns out 184ps and 205Nm of torque.
  • How much is the 2022 Mazda MX-5?

    Pricing for the Mazda MX-5 ranges from P2.02 million to P2.790 million.
  • With the Build Your MX-5 feature on the Mazda Philippines website, the MX-5 can be customized online with preferred specifications, and emailed to the preferred dealership for the fulfillment.

    Both the six-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic and manual variants are offered in Soft-Top and Retractable Fastback (RF) body styles.

    2022 Mazda MX-5

    For a more personalized touch, the fabric for the Soft-Top MX-5 can be selected in either Black or Dark Cherry colors. For those who prefer the RF body style, there will be a body colored and black roof options for automatic variants, and a black roof option for manual variants.

    The MX-5 Club Edition is now available in Soft-Top form. The 2022 Soft-Top MX-5 Club Edition will also have the exclusive line’s signature Recaro sport bucket seats and lightweight 17-inch Dark Finish BBS forged wheels. Bilstein sports dampers are fitted on the manual variants of MX-5 Soft Top and RF for a more dynamic drive.

    Mazda MX-5

    Aside from the standard black leather finish in the two-seat roadster, the new terracotta nappa leather seats are also available as a customer option for the 2022 MX-5. The new high-quality leather interiors have a vibrant, rich brown tone that creates a warmer and more finely appointed cabin that will further calm both the driver and the passenger’s senses.

    Mazda MX-5

    The 2022 MX-5 reaches an even greater degree of timeless quality and craftsmanship with its exquisite contrast stitching in the seats, door panels, steering wheel, hand brake, and gear levers.

    Mazda MX-5

    The 2022 MX-5 will also be available in a new body color, Platinum Quartz Metallic. It has a silky white finish with a translucency similar to quartz. The new color gives the vehicle a newfound sense of refinement and style, allowing it to stand out even more while remaining polished and unique.

    The MX-5 is designed to be driven again and again. It continues to elicit smiles and foster delight and satisfaction each time behind the wheel, thanks to its light and responsive throttle, intuitive handling, and one-of-a-kind top-down driving experience.

    The 2022 MX-5 also comes with the kinematic posture control (KPC), which provides an even stronger sense of unity between the car and the driver. The MX-5 is the only vehicle with this innovative technology. Even while cornering at high speed, it gives a more stable turning posture without adding a single gram to the car’s weight.

    Mazda MX-5

    KPC enhances the MX-5’s driving capabilities by adding a slight braking force on the inner rear wheel under high G-force cornering. This is combined with the vehicle’s rear suspension, which is designed to produce an “anti-lift” force that pulls the car’s body down when the brakes are applied. As a result, both the driver and the passenger’s postures are maintained. The MX-5 also has superior grip on the road since it has less body roll.

    This enhanced stabilization effect provided by KPC is most noticeable in tight corners and uneven roads. KPC protects the vehicle’s body from lifting in high-speed cornering scenarios. The driver may accelerate with even more confidence, thanks to the better sense of connection to the ground provided by KPC.

    KPC can detect turning conditions in real time. It determines the difference in speed between the left and right rear wheels and adjusts the posture stabilizing effect gradually and smoothly. When the drive becomes more difficult, the MX-5’s rear end sharpens as it intelligently adapts its turning posture.

    The MX-5 is powered by a 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine that churns out 184ps and 205Nm of torque. The highly efficient engine delivers the same responsiveness and low fuel consumption that have earned the MX-5 its reputation as a fun-to-drive car.

    Mazda MX-5

    To further boost the driver’s confidence and safety on the road, the MX-5 also comes with i-Activsense Safety Technologies such as adaptive LED headlamps, smart city brake support, and lane departure warning. It is also equipped with dual front and side airbags.

    Every order through the Build Your MX-5 online portal comes with the Mazda Philippines Five-Year Free Service Plan, which covers the costs of periodic maintenance at six-month or 10,000-km intervals for up to five years or 100,000 km, whichever comes first.

    Every purchase also comes with a three-year bumper-to-bumper warranty.

    To learn more about the 2022 Mazda MX-5, check out its spec chart below.

    SPECIFICATIONS

    Mazda MX-5 Club Edition AT

    Mazda MX-5 Club Edition MT

    Mazda MX-5 Skyactiv AT

    Mazda MX-5 Skyactiv MT

    Overall Length (mm)

    3,915

    3,915

    3,915

    3,915

    Overall Width (mm)

    1,735

    1,735

    1,735

    1,735

    Overall Height (mm)

    1,235

    1,235

    1,235

    1,235

    Tread (mm)

    Front: 1,495

    Rear: 1,505

    Front: 1,495

    Rear: 1,505

    Front: 1,495

    Rear: 1,505

    Front: 1,495

    Rear: 1,505

    Wheelbase (mm)

    2,310

    2,310

    2,310

    2,310

    Minimum Turning Radius (m)

    4.7

    4.7

    4.7

    4.7

    Minimum Curb Weight (kg)

    1,125

    1,096

    1,125

    1,096

    Engine Type

    2.0-liter In-line Four-cylinder DOHC, 16 Valves

    2.0-liter In-line Four-cylinder DOHC, 16 Valves

    2.0-liter In-line Four-cylinder DOHC, 16 Valves

    2.0-liter In-line Four-cylinder DOHC, 16 Valves

    Displacement (cc)

    1,998

    1,998

    1,998

    1,998

    Transmission

    Six-speed Automatic with Sport Mode

    Six-speed Manual

    Six-speed Automatic with Sport Mode

    Six-speed Manual

    Compression Ratio

    13:1

    13:1

    13:1

    13:1

    Fuel System

    Electrically Controlled Fuel Injection

    Electrically Controlled Fuel Injection

    Electrically Controlled Fuel Injection

    Electrically Controlled Fuel Injection

    Recommended Fuel

    Minimum 95 RON Premium Unleaded

    Minimum 95 RON Premium Unleaded

    Minimum 95 RON Premium Unleaded

    Minimum 95 RON Premium Unleaded

    Maximum Power Output (ps/rpm)

    184/7,000

    184/7,000

    184/7,000

    184/7,000

    Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm)

    205/4,000

    205/4,000

    205/4,000

    205/4,000

    Fuel Tank Capacity (L)

    45

    45

    45

    45

    Steering Type

    Rack and Pinion

    Rack and Pinion

    Rack and Pinion

    Rack and Pinion

    Steering Wheel Material

    Leather Wrapped

    Leather Wrapped

    Leather Wrapped

    Leather Wrapped

    Steering Wheel Control Switch

    Audio, Bluetooth Hands-Free, and Cruise Control

    Audio and Bluetooth Hands-Free

    Audio, Bluetooth Hands-Free, and Cruise Control

    Audio and Bluetooth Hands-Free

    Paddle Shifters

    With

    Without

    With

    Without

    Tilt and Telescopic

    With

    With

    With

    With

    Suspension

    Front: Double Wishbone

    Rear: Multi-Link

    Front: Double Wishbone with Bilstein Dampers

    Rear: Multi-Link

    Front: Double Wishbone

    Rear: Multi-Link

    Front: Double Wishbone with Bilstein Dampers

    Rear: Multi-Link

    Limited Slip Differential

    Without

    With

    Without

    With

    Strut Bar

    Without

    With

    Without

    With

    Brakes

    Front: Ventilated Discs

    Rear: Solid Discs

    Front: Ventilated Discs

    Rear: Solid Discs

    Front: Ventilated Discs

    Rear: Solid Discs

    Front: Ventilated Discs

    Rear: Solid Discs

    Headlamps

    Adaptive LED Headlamps with Auto On/Off

    Adaptive LED Headlamps with Auto On/Off

    Adaptive LED Headlamps with Auto On/Off

    Adaptive LED Headlamps with Auto On/Off

    Running Lamp

    LED

    LED

    LED

    LED

    Tires

    205/45R17

    205/45R17

    205/45R17

    205/45R17

    Wheels

    17-inch Gun Metallic BBS Wheels

    17-inch Gun Metallic BBS Wheels

    17-inch Black Aluminum Alloy Wheels

    17-inch Black Aluminum Alloy Wheels

    Side Mirrors

    Black, with Power Adjust

    Black, with Power Adjust

    Black, with Power Adjust

    Black, with Power Adjust

    Wipers

    Rain Sensing

    Rain Sensing

    Rain Sensing

    Rain Sensing

    Exhaust Tail Pipe

    Dual Type

    Dual Type

    Dual Type

    Dual Type

    Seat and Trim Material

    Recaro Seats

    Recaro Seats

    Nappa Leather / Leather

    Nappa Leather / Leather

    Seat and Trim Color

    Black with Red Accents

    Black with Red Accents

    Terracotta / Black

    Terracotta / Black

    Shift Knob

    Leather Wrapped

    Leather Wrapped

    Leather Wrapped

    Leather Wrapped

    Audio System

    Mazda Connect with Aux-in

    Mazda Connect with Aux-in

    Mazda Connect with Aux-in

    Mazda Connect with Aux-in

    Phone Connectivity

    USB and Bluetooth Hands-Free

    USB and Bluetooth Hands-Free

    USB and Bluetooth Hands-Free

    USB and Bluetooth Hands-Free

    Smartphone Mirroring

    Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

    Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

    Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

    Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

    Speakers

    Nine-speaker BOSE Sound System

    Nine-speaker BOSE Sound System

    Nine-speaker BOSE Sound System

    Nine-speaker BOSE Sound System

    Climate Control

    Automatic Single-Zone

    Automatic Single-Zone

    Automatic Single-Zone

    Automatic Single-Zone

    Push Start/Stop Button

    With

    With

    With

    With

    Rear View Mirror

    Auto-Dimming

    Auto-Dimming

    Auto-Dimming

    Auto-Dimming

    Power Windows

    One-Touch Down (Driver and Passenger)

    One-Touch Down (Driver and Passenger)

    One-Touch Down (Driver and Passenger)

    One-Touch Down (Driver and Passenger)

    Airbags

    Dual Front and Side Airbags

    Dual Front and Side Airbags

    Dual Front and Side Airbags

    Dual Front and Side Airbags

    Anti-Lock Braking System

    With Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

    With Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

    With Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

    With Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

    Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)

    With

    With

    With

    With

    Smart Keyless Entry System

    With

    With

    With

    With

    Rear Parking Sensors

    With

    With

    With

    With

    Reverse Camera

    With

    With

    With

    With

    Seatbelt Warning Lamp

    With

    With

    With

    With

    Smart City Brake Support

    Front and Rear

    Front and Rear

    Front and Rear

    Front and Rear

    Lane Departure Warning

    With

    With

    With

    With

    i-STOP Engine Idling Stop System

    With

    With

    With

    With

    i-ELOOP Regenerative Braking System

    With

    With

    With

    With

    Kinematic Posture Control

    With

    With

    With

    With

    Available Body Colors

    Soul Red Crystal, Machine Gray, Polymetal Gray, Platinum Quartz, Jet Black, Deep Crystal Blue, and Snowflake White Pearl

    Soul Red Crystal, Machine Gray, Polymetal Gray, Platinum Quartz, Jet Black, Deep Crystal Blue, and Snowflake White Pearl

    Soul Red Crystal, Machine Gray, Polymetal Gray, Platinum Quartz, Jet Black, Deep Crystal Blue, and Snowflake White Pearl

    Soul Red Crystal, Machine Gray, Polymetal Gray, Platinum Quartz, Jet Black, Deep Crystal Blue, and Snowflake White Pearl

    PRICE

    RF: P2,790,000

    Soft Top: P2,630,000

    RF: 2,720,000

    Soft Top: P2,580,000

    RF: P2,440,000

    Soft Top: P2,280,000

    RF: P2,330,000

    Soft Top: P2,020,000

     

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