Mazda's ever-popular MX-5 is due for a facelift next year, and designers and dealers alike are at odds over what it will look like. While the NC MX-5 has drawn criticism from some quarters regarding its "soapdish" styling, that hasn't stopped it from being one of Mazda's more profitable models. Dealers in particular are especially happy with the MX-5 and the way it looks and don't want to see a drastic change when the facelift comes in 2009, meaning that Mazda's radical Nagare or "flow" design philosophy is not wanted. Mazda's designers apparently feel the complete opposite, saying that the MX-5 is "never radical enough", however it seems that for the time being the dealers will have their way.
Whether the Nagare design principles ever get applied to the MX-5 roadster remains to be seen, but as a replacement for the NC is due in 2012 we wouldn't rule that scenario out entirely. What do you think? Is the current MX-5 not challenging enough for your aesthetic tastes, or is it damn near perfect? Let us know in the comments below.
[Source: Autocar, via Winding Road]