2023 Mazda MX-5 brings revised trim levels, new body color

Updated Oct 25, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The iconic roadster fourth generation continues to impress.

Mazda has released the refreshed MX-5 sports roadster for the 2023 model year in the U.K., with a new naming convention used for its available trim levels along with a new available exterior color.

2023 Mazda MX-5

Mazda isn't bringing many changes to the formula that made the MX-5 an iconic roadster

Convertible models now take on the Roadster name, in line with the assigned label used for overseas releases. The MX-5 and MX-5 RF ranges will feature newly named Prime-Line, Exclusive-Line, and Homura trim levels, replacing previously offered trims such as SE-L, Sport, Sport Tech, and GT Sport Tech.

“The key phrase for our development of the fourth-generation MX-5 was ‘Innovate in order to preserve,’ and I strongly believe that this model’s ongoing appeal is the result of our unceasing commitment to refining the vehicle over its 30-year history,” said Masashi Nakayama, program manager and chief designer for the MX-5.

Aesthetic changes to the MX-5 include the debut appearance of Zircon Sand body paint on the range, while the Homura manual transmission variants now come with red Brembo brake calipers.

2023 Mazda MX-5 Zircon Sand

Fans can look forward to the Zircon Sand exterior body color appearing in the range for the first time

The refreshed MX-5 retains its mechanical setup under the hood, starting with a 1.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine good for 129 horsepower and 201 Nm of torque. A more powerful 2.0-liter version is also offered, rated at 181 horsepower and 205 Nm of pull. Mazda’s i-ELOOP kinetic recovery and i-Stop engine stop-start technology continue to be standard features.  

Transmission options comprise a Skyactiv-MT manual and Skyactiv-Drive automatic, both with six forward gears. Manual versions continue to be equipped with a front strut brace, limited slip differential, and Bilstein suspension. Meanwhile, Kinematic Posture Control (KPC) is featured across the range, applying a small amount of braking force to the unloaded rear wheel during cornering maneuvers to suppress body roll.    

2023 Mazda MX-5 steering wheel

Expect the 2023 Mazda MX-5 to continue bringing driving excitement

“The MX-5 is Mazda’s brand icon and it embodies all that is great about our products,” stated Mazda U.K. Managing Director Jeremy Thomson. “Its fun to drive character has strengthened the bond between Mazda and its customers for more than 30 years and the 2023 model continues this unswerving dedication to delivering an affordable, engaging, world-class sports car.”

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Know more about Mazda MX-5 2023

Mazda MX-5

The Mazda MX-5 2023 Philippines is a 2-seater, rear-wheel-drive sports car. The soft-top version currently has five different variants for the Philippine market. These are the MX-5 SkyActiv-G 2.0 MT Black Top, the MX-5 2.0 MT Red Top, and the MX-5 2.0 AT, the Club Edition 2.0 MT, and the Club Edition 2.0 AT. Prices for the 2023 Mazda MX-5 range from Php 2,020,000 to Php 2,630,000. 

Under the hood, the Mazda MX-5 uses a 2.0-liter inline-4 gasoline engine capable of making up to 181 horsepower and 205 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to its rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed automatic gearbox. 

Size-wise, the MX-5 has a length of 3,915mm, a width of 1,735mm, and a height of 1,230mm. 

Currently, the Mazda MX-5 competes against the likes of the Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ, among others. 

₱ 2,020,000 - ₱ 2,630,000

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Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being Philkotse.com’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.

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