Thanks to a friendly Mazda dealership in Canada and a few of the insiders at Miata.net, we now understand a fair bit more about how the new 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata will make its power, along with a few other pieces of information that will make some purchasers hold onto their loan and send others hurrying to the car dealership for a 2018 model. We contacted an agent for Mazda USA who chose not to validate the credibility of the leaked document, but that’s foregone conclusion in a scenario like this.
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Engine
Let’s start with the engine. The power figures are outstanding– 181hp at an as-yet-unspecified engine speed and 151 lb-feet of torque. These are improvements of 26 hp and 3 lb-feet respectively. The only method to increase horse power that much without increasing torque? You have to spin the engine harder. The current car has come in for some criticism since its 6800-rpm hard redline was 400rpm below the redline of the previous-generation NC Miata. Sure enough, the documentation provided to dealers refers to the “increased rev capability” of the revised engine.
” Ultra-light” pistons, lighter linking rods, and a new crankshaft are just part of it. The 2019 engine will have larger consumption and exhaust ports and a high-lift camshaft. Both intake and exhaust systems will have higher flow and there is a new throttle body. These are the sort of changes that racers have been making on Miatas for twenty-plus years now, however the new ND2 Miata will have them from the factory.
One potential fly in the ointment: For 2019, the Miata will have a dual-mass flywheel. These are typically much heavier and they are always more complex. Mazda claims it’s to handle some of the sound, vibration, and harshness problems brought on by the more powerful engine. Another inconvenience: Drivers who prefer to pay attention to cds will not be pleased to hear that the CD gamer is gone in the new car.
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Features
The two big changes outside the powertrain: Smart City Braking System, which is indicated to decrease pedestrian casualties at the expense of whatever consume you happen to have in your hand or cupholder at the time, and a long-awaited telescoping guiding wheel. The ND’s cockpit is significantly tighter than that of its predecessor so this is a big offer for those people who are on the middle-to-outer ranges of human percentage. There’s also a rearview video camera now for when you’re backing your SCCA National Solo Miata up to your tire trailer.
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Trim Levels
The trim levels offered for Miatas in Canada don’t exactly match the US-market ones. Their trim levels of GX (base), GS (mid-tier) and GT are comparable, however not identical, to our Sport, Club, and Grand Touring. For 2019, Canada will lose the GX and instead get a better-equipped GS as the base car. They will get a GS-P that has the BBS/Brembo combination as requirement. Exactly what this implies for the 50-state market is anybody’s guess. Will we lose Sport, leaving us with simply Club and Grand Touring?
Canadian soft tops will likewise get an optional brown convertible top and three various colors of leather in the RF Grand Touring. Traditionally, US-market cars have had fewer color choices than Canadian cars, so there is nothing to suggest that the brown top will also make it south of the border.
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Release Date
The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata is expected to begin production in May 2018. We currently approximate a release date at some point in July. Noteworthy rivals include the FIAT 124 Spider, Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ.