Mazda is extending the MX-5 appeal in the US with an update. The 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a pure driver’s car; well-balanced, lightweight, and an outstanding power-to-weight ratio.

The 2022 MX-5 Miata will be available in dealership this winter.

All MX-5 Miata models have a rear-wheel drive layout and come equipped with the Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter engine that delivers an inspiring 181 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 151 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. For 2022, MX-5 Miata Sport and Club models are exclusively paired with a six-speed manual transmission and MX-5 Miata Grand Touring is offered in either the manual transmission or a quick-shifting six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters.

To help maintain the roadster’s lightweight physique, Mazda employs the gram strategy, which focuses on every detail to minimize any unnecessary weight without compromising on safety or design. This includes using aluminum for the power plant frame, front fenders, hood, and trunk lid as well as shaving millimeters off various pieces of metal or foregoing foam in the sun visors. The goal is to focus the MX-5 Miata with the essentials of a driver’s car while preserving the safety, styling, convenience, and comforts that Mazda owners value.

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Other standard components include anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, front ventilated disc brakes, rear disc brakes with aluminum calipers, low-inertia dual-mass flywheel, double-pinion electric power assist steering, front and rear stabilizer bars, front double wishbone suspension with aluminum arms, a rear multi-link suspension with aluminum bearings support, and monotube dampers in the front and rear.

Kinematic Posture Control (KPC) is the next step in that constant evolution, offering an improvement in high-g cornering precision and confidence. KPC is an all-new technology developed by Mazda that manages different vehicle systems to help the MX-5 Miata behave as a harmonious extension of the driver’s body without adding a single gram of weight.

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For ride comfort and stability during everyday or spirited driving, the MX-5 Miata’s rear suspension is already designed to help keep the vehicle planted to the ground when the brakes are applied. KPC takes advantage of this and applies a very slight brake to the inner rear wheel during high-g cornering. This pulls down on that corner, suppressing body roll, and making steering response feel more linear through tight or rough corners. Slightly stronger braking is used when accelerating through a corner, enhancing the limited slip effect.

The MX-5 Miata Sport, only available with a black soft top, includes an abundance of standard features. Safety is a primary focus of the two-seat roadster featuring dual front airbags, side-impact airbags, and side-impact door beams in addition to many i-Activsense safety features that include Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Smart City Brake Support, and Lane Departure Warning.

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The exterior styling adds the newly available Platinum Quartz Metallic paint to the color options from the previous model year. Other features include metallic black 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, dual exhaust, LED headlights and taillights, gloss black door mirrors and high mount brake light cover, daytime running lights, variable-intermittent windshield wipers, and rear glass window with defogger.