It looks as if the current generation Mazda MX-5 Miata will stay on for a while longer. (Note: We are not complaining.) Images clipped from a Japanese brochure show a newly facelifted version of the NC platform, designated the NC3.

The roadster wears an all-new front fascia, complete with a five-point grille opening and a pair of redesigned fog lamp housings to to either side. The fascia looks more than a bit like the one found on the Mazda Spyder Concept we all know and love, and softens the current car's always-happy-to-see-you grin.

Word has it the 2013 MX-5 Miata will come with a new pedestrian-safe hood designed to pop up in the event of a collision. Step indoors, and the interior boasts new blacked-out gauges, as well as a new dash cover. It's unclear whether there are any mechanical changes on hand, though we do know the NC3 will bow with a new range of paint color and wheel options.


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      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please put the GT Concept's engine in this thing. If god were real, he would like that.
      untitledfolder
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mazda this looks great. PLEASE get the "Kodo" design language right with the next MS3! I think part of your predicament now is the poor front-end design on the current 3-er. :(
      Charles Houghton
      • 2 Years Ago
      D'awww it looks so happy!
      whatever
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes the next generation is long overdue...but you need to hold your horses a bit longer. With the recent announcement of the Fiat/Mazda collaboration don't expect anything before 2014, if that soon. So that's why the face lift. I'm just hoping that Mazda stays true to its roots and keeps the prices reasonable for us peasants ($25K+) and doesn't start thinking its a Alfa.
      lamboozle
      • 2 Years Ago
      the miata is showing it's age, but i'm definitely digging the new front fascia! looks great with white on black wheels too
      subierider
      • 2 Years Ago
      Finally getting a white hardtop!
      kyle
      • 2 Years Ago
      i personally think the new fascia design language from the CX-5 should carry over to the miata. but regardless, it's still a great sports car and mazda is the best thing to come from japan. i love my mazda 3 more every day when i drive it and look forward to seeing the redesigned 6 and the spread of the skyactiv engines.
      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still a great vehicle - but doesn't diminish the need for a redesign. Mazda should be lucky they have this market niche pretty much to themselves. It really needs a stronger engine and better MPG numbers.
      RedArrow220
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's funny, I was just marveling today at how simple my '99 is while I changed the timing belt. I have a hard time getting behind all the extra stuff that's either mandated or expected today. The hood air bag? It's too bad automakers can't say no to an expensive, heavy, and probably ineffective safety feature 'cause litigation would follow. Although dealing with some leaks in the soft top...the PHRT is somewhat attractive.
        oRenj9
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RedArrow220
        I have a '99, and yes it is a dead simple car to work on. Other than being a bit too low, I love wrenching on it. However, what you said about "probably ineffectual safety features" is pure crap. Mandatory safety features have made cars so safe that they had to make the crash tests more stringent because nearly every car was getting a five-star rating. Additionally, safety is a top concern for new car buyers in the U.S., systems like ABS, airbags, and stability/traction control were ubiquitous well before they were made compulsory. In many cases adding these features had little impact on costs because stripper models tend to sit on lots long enough to be sold at a discount. So they just became special order offering only.
      Michael Young
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks good. But I can't wait to see what they do with the next gen design language that just rolled out on the CX5
      Zack Baumel
      • 2 Years Ago
      They ONLY reason I've never bought and probably will never buy a miata is simply because of it's looks. . . It's just not a good looking car for a mid-20's male in the market.
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zack Baumel
        I'm sorry that you choose your vehicles based upon how you *think* people will view you, rather than whether or not you enjoy driving the car.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zack Baumel
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      ImportantFacts
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who cares...is this car still made? Really?
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