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2019 Mazda MX-5. Photo: Supplied
 
 

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Alex Rae | Jun, 12 2018 | 0 Comments

Mazda has answered the call for more power from its popular roadster.

The Japanese maker released details of its 2019 MX-5 that sees output increase from both 1.5- and 2.0-litre variants with a 700rpm higher rev ceiling.

A press release published for the roadster’s home market reveals it will also bring new interior and exterior features with a mild bump in safety and technology when it launches there mid-next month.

The larger 2.0-litre engine sees a significant boost in power with new pistons that prevent knocking at higher air-fuel ratios and larger diameter intake and exhaust runners for improved combustion. Further changes include lighter valves and a lighter flywheel that increase redline from 6800 to 7500rpm that will make a louder noise and nicer note through an improved high-flow muffler.

The improvements result in a power increase from 118kW to 135kW while torque gets a mild shove across the rev range from 200Nm to 205Nm.

Some of the revisions to the combustion cycle have been put into the smaller 1.5-litre motor and increase its output by 1kW to 97kW of power while torque goes up from 150Nm to 152Nm.

Both engines also claim improved fuel efficiency and emissions.

Inside, the infotainment screen grows slightly, and a new tan leather interior trim is available. All models will also debut an MX-5-first telescopic steering wheel for taller drivers.

Japanese models also get Mazda’s latest i-Activesense technology including AEB, lane departure warning and traffic road-sign recognition.

Outside is a new optional brown soft-top colour, 17-inch alloys with black accents and black trim elements.

When asked for comment, Mazda Australia said it was too early to confirm local details for the upcoming 2019 model year.

 
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