2023 Mazda MX-5 Unveiled In The UK With New Names And A Fresh Sand Shade
The fourth generation of the Mazda MX-5 (codenamed ND) has been around since 2014, but despite the mild updates over the years, it hasn’t lost any of its charm. Mazda UK announced a few updates for 2023, including a new naming scheme for the trims and the addition of the Zircon sand shade in the color palette.
The 2023 range includes ten different variants spread among three trims, two engine options, and two bodystyle flavors – the soft-top Roadster which dropped the Convertible name, and the hard-top Retractable Fastback (RF).
The entry-level Prime-Line is exclusively available with the smaller 1.5-liter engine producing 130 hp (97 kW / 132 PS). Equipment includes a set of black-painted 16-inch alloy wheels, piano black mirrors, heated seats upholstered in black cloth with silver stitching, air conditioning, six-speaker audio, and the Kinematic Posture Control (KPC) system that is standard to all MX-5s. The Exclusive Line trim adds perforated black leather upholstery, bright-finished 16-inch alloy wheels, body-colored mirrors, auto headlights, auto wipers, and a number of ADAS.
The Exclusive Line is also available with the 2.0-liter engine producing 181 hp (135 kW / 184 PS) which in manual guise comes standard with a limited-slip differential, a front strut brace, Bilstein dampers, and larger 17-inch alloy wheels. Finally, the top-of-the-range Homura is only available with the more powerful engine and is visually distinguished by the Gun Metallic 17-inch BBS alloy wheels, the stainless steel scuff plates featuring the MX-5 logo, the red-painted Brembo calipers (manual), and the more premium perforated light stone Nappa leather upholstery inside the cabin.
According to the official configurator, pricing for the 2023 MX-5 ranges between £25,800-£32,460 ($29,152-$36,677) for the Roadster, and between £27,700-£34,560 ($31,292-$39,040) for the RF. The models are already available to order, with the first deliveries scheduled for March 2023. Mazda has sold more than 24,000 units of the MX-5 ND in the UK since 2015.