• Aug 13, 2008
Click to view more renderings of the 2009 Mazda MX-5

Automakers go to great lengths to keep their upcoming products secret, but sometimes leaks are out of their control. Case in point, the recent leak of the upcoming redesign of the Mazda3 and now a facelift for the Mazda MX-5/Miata. With the roadster's full replacement reportedly delayed until 2012, Mazda is apparently going to give the current model a mid-cycle refresh with some more aggressive styling tweaks.

The leaked image, which Mazda apparently filed with the European Union Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM), shows a restyled front end and that's it. The new mesh grille borrows from the Mazdaspeed3, the headlights grow a more aggressive slant, the foglights are restyled into eye-shaped surrounds, and the turning indicators are moved to behind the flared wheel arches. Other changes to the car's design may be in store as well, however the images, which you can view in the gallery below, show only the front end. Sources suggest the revised MX-5 may hit the market later this year or early the next, with a possible unveiling at the Paris Motor Show this fall.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      First..

      Screams Honda S2000 to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I doubt that we will see the sidemarkers on the fenders. That's where they are on the current model overseas.

      But I live it. Less jellybean-y, more in line with the 'family' face.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, if you typed like a normal person, not with your hands up in the air like that, your keyboard might work better.

        :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Like it. LIKE. DAMN YOU KEYBROAD!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Too much sugar and CRAPACHINO!
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Keybroad." Funny.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yah, still ugly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      when will they grow some balls and redo the chassis, yes i know how proven it is, but its about time they redid the car from the ground up... am i alone?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes you are, the Third-Gen (NC) MX-5 just hit the streets in 05 and its a ground-up redesign compared to the 1st and 2nd gens. It could use some mid-life tweaks, but 3 years is a bit too soon for yet another ground-up
        • 6 Years Ago
        The car was redesigned from the ground up for the 2006 model year. I don't think that's an unreasonably long time for the same chassis.

        You may be under the mistaken impression that the NC (third generation) has the same chassis as the NA and NB (first and second).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Uhhhhh ground up redesign? They just did that in 2006. There is nothing from the previous (NB) generation in the car.


        I guess you are alone....
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is good news. I really don't like how the current generation Miatas (yes, it will always be a miata) look. The body lines are great, but the front (especially the wheel arches) makes the car look so damn fat... the "mini 6" look I think'll work well for this car.
      verian04
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks like a pokemon face.
      • 6 Years Ago
      IMO, just what it needed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You mean besides the 2.3L DISI turbocharged and intercooled engine?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I KNOW THAT ISN'T THAT PLASTIC STRIP ON TOP OF THE GRILL....... RIGHT?

        So help me God, I will bash this car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Okay beyond an engine upgrade option...the mild facelift is a plus. It gets rid of the oval bathtub front end of the current model and moves it more corporate with the rest of the current Mazdas. It could be worse. It could like the Acura's new front ends.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's still ugly, ugh. Better than the frog-face now, but in general I'm not fond of the happy-face mesh grill that's standard on the RX-8 and upcoming Mazda3.
      • 6 Years Ago
      2012 sounds so futuristic! stuff cars! give me a bloody jet pack!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The 2nd generation was the best looking design, hands down.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Third that. I still do the occasional double-take when I see one. Plus, Mazdaspeed ... mmmmmmmmm .....
      • 6 Years Ago
      @everyone.

      yea i was under the impression it was the same chasis as the NA NB.. since its not.. yes it is too soon for a redesign.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it. Maybe it likes me too. For some reason the front-view sketch looks like it's smiling at me.
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