Sharper cornering characteristics for 2022 Mazda MX-5

Mazda’s iconic two-seater sharpens its cornering characteristics, with new kinetic posture control (KPC) suspension technology headlining a raft of MX-5 updates for 2022, along with safety upgrades, new trim and paint options.

“This update maximises the MX-5’s innate potential in a wider range of driving scenarios than ever before, enhancing the sense of Jinba-ittai that it’s so well known for,” Mazda Australia managing director Vinesh Bhindi said.

Unique to Mazda MX-5 and applied to all grades, KPC uses the MX-5’s suspension structure to provide a more integrated and stable turning posture at high speed, without adding even a single gram to the weight of the vehicle.

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The MX-5’s rear suspension is designed to generate an anti-lift force that pulls the vehicle’s body down when the brakes are applied. KPC works by applying a slight brake to the inner rear wheel when cornering under conditions with high G-force as part of the process.

This suppresses roll and pulling the vehicle down to stabilise posture. The system can determine the turning conditions in real time from the difference in speed between the left and right rear wheels, and increases its activity linearly in response.

In essence, this means there is no change to everyday driving situations, but the harder the drive becomes, the more the MX-5 sharpens its tail-end senses and cleverly adjusts its own turning posture.

With customer demand for the more powerful 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G powertrain surging since its October 2018 update, the 1.5-litre Roadster will be deleted as well. The 2.0-litre Roadster will become the new entry grade.

It will set a new standard for base safety in the model line, adding driver attention alert, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, smart city brake support-rear, auto dimming rear view mirror and LED daytime running lights.

Platinum Quartz Metallic will be offered on Mazda MX-5 for the first time, and a vivid new terracotta Nappa leather is available for the interior. The full range of paint colours also includes Polymetal Grey Metallic, Machine Grey Metallic and Soul Red Crystal Metallic.

You can also choose Deep Crystal Blue Mica, Jet Black Mica and Snowflake White Pearl Mica. Inside, there’s a choice of black cloth with black stitching (Roadster), or black cloth with white stitching (RF).

Buyers can, depending on their variant choice, also opt for black leather (Roadster GT, Roadster GT RS. RF GT, RF GT RS), pure white leather (RF GT), or the new terracotta leather (RF GT).

All Mazda models feature a 5-year unlimited-kilometre warranty as well as 5-years premium roadside assistance.

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