The current generation Mazda MX-5 was unveiled back in 2014 and remained pretty much unchanged ever since. Except for an update unveiled in 2018 that wasn’t exactly an update. While no major updates were announced for the 2020 model year, the MX-5 did become hybrid. Well, kind of as we are not exactly talking about a hybrid system.
But Mazda is indeed offering the now-famous i-ELOOP regenerative braking system – a system that has been around since 2012. This system uses braking energy to power vehicle’s electronics – reducing the load on the alternator to as little as naught. This, of course, doesn’t make the MX-5 hybrid, but it does make it more economical than ever.
Also new for the 2020 Mazda MX-5 is the addition of the GT Sport Tech flagship model. It will be powered by the more powerful 2.0-liter engine that delivers a total of 184 horsepower. This version will go from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds.
The 2020 Mazda MX-5 GT Sport Tech will be distinguished from the rest of the lineup by new, 17-inch BBS alloy wheels and Burgundy Nappa leather seats, while across the whole range the MX-5 is available with Polymetal Grey Metallic paint for the first time. The updated version of Mazda’s sports car also benefits from extra standard safety equipment: from Sport models and above, the MX-5 features Front Smart City Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning System, Rear Smart City Brake Support, Traffic Sign Recognition and Driver Attention Alert. While Blind Spot Monitoring System with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive LED headlights and a reversing camera are standard on Sport Tech and GT Sport Tech models.
The 2020 Mazda MX-5 arrives at dealerships in February and prices will start from £23,795.