Mazda has just unveiled the 2022 MX-5 in Japan. If you’re curious as to why it looks exactly the same as before, that’s because the Japanese automaker focused on improving its handling.
All MX-5s now come with what is called Kinetic Posture Control (KPC) technology. While it may sound like a feature that’s designed to cure your aching back, KPC builds on Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control (GVC), which is the brand’s signature torque vectoring by braking tech that’s standard on every single Mazda (except the BT-50).
KPC is able to determine the differences in speed between the left and right wheels, and then the system will apply the appropriate braking force to stabilize the car’s handling. With all of these data in mind, KPC has the ability to generate an anti-lift force at the rear end by specifically braking the inside back wheels when cornering at higher G-forces. As a result, the rear end of the MX-5 becomes more stable and at the same time, body roll is minimized even further.
Mazda says that this does not impact the car’s handling in everyday scenarios. However, the harder you drive the MX-5, the more that its KPC system is felt as it continuously adjusts to ever-changing road conditions. Interestingly, this clever piece of tech does not add a single ounce to the car’s weight. You’d also be glad to know that this will come standard on every single 2022 Mazda MX-5.
As mentioned, all of this year’s changes are with regard to its handling. No aesthetic or tech upgrades were made to the 2022 MX-5 Miata, apart from the addition of Mazda’s latest Platinum Quartz paint and Terracotta Nappa Leather.
Mazda Philippines has not given any formal announcements as to when these upgrades will be offered in the MX-5 in the future, but we’re confident that the 2022 MX-5 will eventually reach our shores next year.