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The Mazda MX-5 has been given another update to give the world’s best-selling convertible sports car that is not due for a generational change until at least 2014.

The current, third-generation MX-5 has been on sale since 2005, though the latest makeover due in late Spring is not as comprehensive as the car’s 2008 update.

There are no surprises in the Mazda release after brochure images of the updated MX-5 were leaked online in July.

Design tweaks are subtle, focusing on a revised front end that includes a larger interpretation of Mazda’s five-point grille, darker headlight units, reworked foglight housings and a reprofiled chin spoiler.

The MX-5 roadster’s two-seater cabin is barely touched, with just some trim colour for part of the dash, steering wheel and instrument dial surrounds changing from silver to a glossy dark grey. Mazda has yet to release official interior pictures, though more pictures may be made available by the company’s Japan HQ later today.

Access to open-top motoring remains via a retractable hardtop roof.

There are no changes to the sports car’s 118kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, either, though Mazda says it has adjusted the throttle management software and brake booster to improve acceleration response and braking ability respectively.

Mazda is currently working on the next-generation MX-5, which will provide the basis for a rear-wheel-drive Alfa Romeo Spider that will go on sale in 2015.

The MX-5 remains Mazda’s sole sports car after it stopped production this year of the RX-8 four-door coupe.

 




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