Mazda MX-5 RF Retractable Hardtop
HIROSHIMA, Japan: Mazda Motor Corporation has revealed the Mazda MX-5 RF (retractable fastback). The latest addition to the MX-5 family fully embodies the model’s 26-year-old tradition of “lots of fun”.
While staying true to the original MX-5 Retractable Hardtop’s goal of making open-top driving more accessible, Mazda has broken the bounds of conventional thinking to create something entirely new.
The MX-5 RF features fastback styling with a smooth roofline that slopes down to the rear end, and its unique rear roof and retractable back window offer a new open-air feeling.
The power roof can be opened or closed at speeds of up to 10 km/h with the press of a button, and the roof is stowed compactly and efficiently in a limited space.
Despite its fastback styling and hardtop roof, the MX-5 RF offers the same amount of trunk space as the soft-top model.
In Australia, the model will feature the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 petrol engine.
Through the MX-5, Mazda hopes to offer even more people the pleasure of open-top driving, enrich their lives and become a brand they feel a special connection with.
The Mazda MX-5 RF will on display at the New York International Auto Show which opens to the public from March 25 through April 3.
Mazda’s Exhibits at the New York International Auto Show
|Show Model||Mazda MX-5 RF (world debut)|
|Model to be Launched||Mazda CX-9|
|Currently Available Models||Mazda6, Mazda3, Mazda CX-5, Mazda CX-3, Mazda MX-5|
|Technology||SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and SKYACTIV-G 2.5 petrol engines, SKYACTIV-G 2.5T direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine|
New Mazda3: Added Safety, Smoother Driving, Refreshed Styling
Mazda3 has received a range of innovative additions, and price reductions, that will make it even more appealing to small car buyers.
Boasting a stylish interior and exterior re-design and improved ride and handling, New Mazda3 features new i-ACTIVSENSE safety technology; including Smart City Brake Support-Forward (SCBS-F) which is now standard across the range, while Mazda3 Maxx and all grades above it get SCBS-Reverse (SCBS-R), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
Making New Mazda3 safer still is the inclusion of Driver Attention Alert (DAA) and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) on the Mazda3 SP25 GT, and the range-topping Astina adds the Lane-Keep Assist System (LAS) and Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH) as standard equipment.
New Mazda3* also gets an Electric Parking Brake and Electric folding mirrors, DAB+ digital radio, a Drive selector switch is available on automatic models, there are three new exterior colours to choose from, and Pure White leather – an all-new seat trim on Mazda3 – is available as an option.
With Mazda3 Neo pricing remaining at $20,490 (MLP) – but packed with an assortment of new equipment, prices have fallen on all other models by between $1,000 and $1,550 compared to the outgoing model that included the safety pack option.
“Mazda has improved what is already an excellent car”, said Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak.
“The updated i-ACTIVSENSE safety technology inclusions make Mazda3 one of the safest cars in its class, while the enhanced drive and handling characteristics – something that Mazda is renowned for – are sure to impress all that drive it.”
The front-end of the New Mazda3 has been re-designed, and includes a new front grille and signature wing that combine with the adoption of either new Halogen or LED headlamps to create a bolder, more aggressive expression.
The dynamic flow – that articulates KODO in its purest form – gracefully runs through to the rear of the car to convey rhythmical motion, joining the rear bumper, which expresses a composed sense of stability.
LED fog lamps are available on all models from the Maxx grade, while electric folding mirrors are standard across the range and are automatic on Touring and above.
The New Mazad3 also gets a stylish interior makeover. The decorative panel is now more three dimensional in shape, the inner handle bezel of the door trim features a sharper, smoother design, and the inclusion of satin chrome, and other metallic materials, collectively heighten the feeling of quality.
Vehicles equipped with Electric Parking Brake (EPB) feature a new centre console design made possible thanks to the extra space in this area, while the Active Driving Display* is now presented in full colour, with DAB+ digital radio also available.
New Mazda3 also offers improved handling performance and ride comfort, thanks to G-Vectoring Control – a world-first Mazda technology that improves chassis balance – and Electric Power Assist Steering, damper and suspension enhancements. Occupants will also experience a quieter drive thanks to better NVH.
Available in eight contemporary colours, including the all-new Machine Grey, Sonic Silver and Eternal Blue, New Mazda3 is offered with two engine types.
The 2.0 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol with 114kW of power and 200Nm of torque is available on Neo, Maxx and Touring grades. The more powerful 2.5 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine – with 138kW of power and 250Nm of torque – comes standard on SP25, GT and Astina variants. The 2.2 litre SKYACTIV-D Diesel is no longer offered.
Like other Mazda passenger and SUV vehicles, New Mazda3 is available with a choice of either the SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual or SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission.
New Mazda3 goes on sale from 1 August, 2016.
* Grade dependant
Pricing – Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) for sedan and hatch
Mazda MX-5 Retractable Hardtop VIDEO
Mazda CX-9 fuel efficiency improves
Buyers of the Brand-New Mazda CX-9 will enjoy a vehicle that is almost 25 per cent more fuel efficient compared to the outgoing model.
The Brand-New Mazda CX-9 with Front-Wheel Drive (FWD) boasts combined fuel economy figures from as little as 8.4 litres per 100 kilometres, while its All-Wheel Drive (AWD) sibling sips from a low 8.8 litres per 100 kilometres.
This represents a 23.6 per cent improvement on the current FWD model, while AWD figures drop by 21.4 per cent. When focusing on urban numbers, FWD fuel economy improves by 27.6 per cent and the AWD alternative by 25 per cent.
Running on standard unleaded (91 RON) or with E10, these new numbers make the Brand-New Mazda CX-9 the most economical in its class when compared against other seven-seater petrol models.
Arriving at Mazda Dealers nationally mid-year, the Brand-New Mazda CX-9 features an all-new 2.5 litre direct-injection turbo charged petrol engine with a high 10.5:1 compression ratio. It also includes a dual-valve Dynamic Pressure Turbo that quickly generates power, and a cooled exhaust gas recirculation system (EGR) that – unlike many rival turbocharged engines – lowers engine temperatures without having to add extra fuel.
With 170kW of power at 5,000rpm, the Brand-New Mazda CX-9 has an improved 420 Nm of torque at a low 2,000rpm – representing a torque increase of almost 15 per cent – which allows for smooth and responsive acceleration in the low- to mid-rpm range where CX-9 drivers spend the vast majority of their time.
In addition, the Mazda CX-9 will be lighter than ever before with over 160 kilograms being stripped out of the range-topping Australian-spec new-generation model.
“The fuel economy numbers alone position Brand-New Mazda CX-9 as a class-leading option for buyers wanting a large, seven-seater, petrol SUV,” said Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak.
“The all-new SKYACTIV-G 2.5T turbo charged engine is an impressive piece of Mazda innovation with world-first technology that prevents turbo lag. The result of this, in part, is in the low fuel economy numbers.
“The CX-9 has always been very highly regarded; we think that even more SUV buyers will want to acquaint themselves with this car once they see the brand-new new model in the metal. There’s a lot to like in this vehicle.”
The Brand-New Mazda CX-9 features the efficient and lightweight SKYACTIV Technology, a range of i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety technologies, the impressive i-ACTIV AWD all-wheel drive system, and the award-winning ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design language.
Mazda CX-9 fuel economy comparison figures
|Brand-New Mazda CX-9||FWD||2.5L Turbo||
|Brand-New Mazda CX-9||AWD||2.5LTurbo||
* litres per 100 kilometres