So now, we’ve come full circle. After reinventing every model in the Mazda range under the guise of the company’s Kodo and Jinba Ittai malarkey, it’s now the turn of the one that started it all, the CX-5, to enjoy a comprehensive going-over. And to best explain it all, I’d like to start by talking about cargo covers. Ok, I know that sounds about as exciting as watching water evaporate, but bear with me...
Most of us think of the Mazda MX-5 as an enthusiastic little soft-top. Which is ironic, because far more people bought the folding hard-top version, and by some margin (80%, in fact). Perhaps that was an admission that our country’s climate offers far from ideal convertible opportunities. Or, more likely, simply because the folding hard-top offered just the same roof-down experience but with the bonus of an added sense of security. For the new MX-5, however, Mazda wanted to do something a little different...
The new Mazda CX-5 will officially go on sale in the UK on 30th June 2017, with a choice of two trim grades and three engines, and priced from £23,695.
Mazda has always been one of the better manufacturers for regularly updating their products to keep them ahead of the curve, and for 2017 it’s the turn of the Mazda6 to benefit from a little fiddling. From the outside, you perhaps wouldn’t know anything has changed, save for a new Machine Grey metallic paint finish and indicators built-in to the door mirrors. That’s because most of the changes are to things you wouldn’t necessarily notice at first glance, but the cumulative effect is far greater.
When we first reviewed the current generation Mazda3 back in 2014, we came away impressed. That’s not surprising, really: it looks good, drives well, and is powered by a range of great engines. Thankfully when time came for Mazda’s engineers to give their best-seller a mid-life update, they wisely chose not to mess with a winning formula.
The new 2017 Mazda CX-5 has been unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show, with the company citing a keyword of 'refined toughness' as their reference point during the design process.
The stunning new Mazda MX-5 RF (Retractable Fastback) will go on sale in the UK on 4th March 2017, priced from £22,195. A limited-run Launch Edition model will also be available for £28,995.
The Mazda3 has been revised for the 2017 model year, with tweaked exterior styling, an updated cabin, greater refinement, and the introduction of Mazda’s new G-Vectoring Control.
The revised 2017 model year Mazda6 saloon and estate will arrive this autumn, with a number of updates aimed at improving refinement, safety, and functionality.
At the 2016 New York International Auto Show, Mazda unveiled their new MX-5 RF. In this case, RF stands for 'retractable fastback', because not only does this MX-5 feature a folding hardtop, but also new 'fastback' styling.
When Cubby Broccoli, creator of the cinematic juggernaut that is the James Bond franchise, handed the reigns to his daughter, Barbara, he reportedly offered this simple piece of advice: “Don’t screw it up.” I imagine a similar conversation took place somewhere inside Mazda when time came for the company to create this, the fourth generation MX-5. For this isn’t just a car. It’s a motoring icon. An automotive legacy, even.
Watch our video review of the new 2016 Mazda MX-5.