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New GT flagship model unveiled as Mazda updates MX-5 range

Mazda has added a new range-topping model to its MX-5 range.

GT Sport Tech becomes the flagship car, armed with a raft of upgrades including goodies like new alloys, new leather seats and an exclusive paint job.

It’s the biggest of a range of upgrades for the revised 2020 model for the two-seater – which has long been the world’s biggest-selling roadster.

Well over one million of the mid-front-engined, rear-wheel-drive small sports car have been sold since it was introduced in 1989.

It’s officially still in fourth generation mode (since 2014), with a major revamp introduced in late 2018, which saw retractable fastback variants and other innovations.

For 2020, changes include the new GT Sport Tech range-topper, plus extra equipment across the line-up including Mazda’s i-ELOOP and i-stop kinetic recovery and stop-start technology as standard.

There is now a 10-model range - four convertibles and six retractable fastbacks – and this is supported by four trim levels.

Two SkyActiv-G petrol-electric engines are available. Entry-level models get naturally aspirated 130bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder powerplants while further up the range, cars come with 181bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder units.

The entry point to the range is the SE-L, which rides on 16-inch alloys and features twin-exit exhausts, LED headlamps, a 7-inch infotainment screen, sat-nav, sports seats and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay.

The MX-5 Sport adds black leather upholstery, a nine-speaker Bose stereo system, chrome interior finishing and extra safety assists like traffic sign recognition and driver attention alert.

Next up is the MX-5 Sport Tech, with 17-inch alloys, reversing camera, more powerful engine and better driving dynamics including improved suspension and limited-slip differential.

But it’s the range-topping GT Sport Tech that’s likely to attract most attention from MX-5 fans.

Upgrades for this model include new styling, 17-inch exclusive alloys, burgundy leather sports seats and a new Polymetal Grey Metallic paint finish. Extra tech like lane departure warning and smart city brake support have been thrown in as well.

Most models benefit from extra standard safety equipment: from Sport models and above, the MX-5 features Front Smart City Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning System, Rear Smart City Brake Support, Traffic Sign Recognition and Driver Attention Alert.

Across all models in the range, the 2020 MX-5 features telescopic steering adjustment to improve driver comfort.

Commenting on the 2020 Mazda MX-5, Mazda’s Jeremy Thomson said: “Our engineers have created a sports car that incorporates our ground-breaking Skyactiv technology, modern safety and superb efficiency with the driver focused enjoyment for which the MX-5 is loved.

“The MX-5 is Mazda’s brand icon and it embodies all that is great about our products. Its fun to drive character has strengthened the bond between Mazda and its customers for 30 years and the 2020 model continues this unswerving dedication to delivering an affordable, engaging, world-class sports car.”

The updated 2020 Mazda MX-5 is now available to order with both the convertible and RF retractable fastback arriving in dealerships in February. The range costs from £23,795 for the SE-L to £31,795 for a GT Sport Tech variant.

Belfast Telegraph