Mazda has officially announced the updates to the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, with the big news being the updated 2.0L engine. It was reported that the 2.0L engine will get a nice horsepower boost and now Mazda has confirmed that it has 26 more horsepower.
The 2.0L engine now generates 181 horsepower and 151 lb-ft. of torque. Mazda’s engineers made several changes to the 2.0L engine to squeeze out the extra horsepower. The redline has been from 6,800 RPM to 7,500 rpm, the internal mass and friction was reduced, the amount of exhaust loss was reduced and higher pressure fuel injectors were added. A new dual-mass flywheel has also been added in addition to a new exhaust system. Lastly the automatic transmission’s final drive ratio has been increased from 3.454 to 3.583.
The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata also gets five of Mazda’s i-Activesense safety technologies, which includes Advanced Smart City Brake Support, Smart City Brake Support that detects vehicles and obstacles behind you, Driver Attention Alert, a Traffic Sign Recognition System and a Rear View Camera. Inside there’s also a new telescoping steering wheel, new cupholders and seat levers. Mazda also updated the doors so they are easier to open with revised door stops.
The only styling changes include new black 17-inch alloy wheels and an available brown canvas soft-top.
The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata will arrive in US showrooms this fall.