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Mazda Mx-5 2019, a True Connection

Sat, 09/01/2018 - 12:54

From its first iteration in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 strived to be the embodiment of what the Japanese Yabusame mounted archers knew as Jinba-Ittai: the oneness and ultimate bond between horse and rider. Since then, the company has developed its technology to not only continue with this ideology but exceed the expectations of what clients thought should be the dynamics between car and driver. Enter, the Mazda MX-5 2019.
With this new version of its signature model, Mazda seeks to create an intuitive connection with the driver. The company used sensors to analyze the interaction between driver and car, which helped designers determine the exact position in which to place the gear stick, as well as the muscles and effort needed to maneuver the car through each curve and in every driving condition. The back rest and cushions of the new MX-5 were redesigned with lighter materials to reduce vibrations and increase driving stability thus taking the vehicle’s interior to the same level of innovation as the rest of its components.
The company also improved the manual opening and closing of the hood to make it easy to handle, regardless of weather conditions. Designers moved the button that was next to the closing lever to the middle part of the hood to allow opening or closing in a single step. To slide the hood more easily, its fixed sections were also pushed to the sides and to the center of the car. This reduced the distance that the driver’s arm must travel to put the hood away from 600mm to 400mm.
In its RF version, the MX-5 incorporates a retractable hardtop with three sections: front, middle and posterior. In its posterior, the top has a rear window that is part of the distinctive fastback design of this version, which helps it maintain a waterdrop visual sensation even when the hood is retracted. The opening and closing time for the RF’s hardtop is the shortest in the world, thanks to the superposition of each of the components that make up the hood’s mechanism.
Mazda overhauled the MX-5’s engine as well. Its SKYACTIV-G 2L, 16-valve engine now delivers 181hp at 7,000rpm and torque of 205Nm at 4,000rpm, up from its predecessor’s 155hp power output at 6,000rpm and 201Nm at 4,600rpm. As a result, the Mazda MX-5 2019 can now offer more agility and a unique driving experience. The rpm redline of the 2019 edition was also moved to 7,500rpm from the 6,800rpm in 2018.