The 2022 Mazda MX-5 has finally been launched in the Philippines just two months after making its global debut in Japan. Most of this year’s changes happen under the skin, as the MX-5 debuts the brand’s newest 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). 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.
In short, 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, apart from the addition of Mazda’s latest Platinum Quartz paint and Terracotta Nappa Leather that replaces the burgundy Nappa Leather option. Black leather and fabric are still being offered.
However, new for this year is a Club Edition variant for the soft top, which used to be exclusive to the RF. This variant comes with 17-inch BBS forged light alloy wheels, Bilstein suspension, and Recaro seats.
Powering the Mazda MX-5 is still the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that was upgraded in 2018. It still produces 184 horsepower and 205 Nm of torque, and this can be mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic, regardless of variant.
The 2022 Mazda MX-5 is now on sale at all Mazda dealers nationwide. Since the Build Your Own MX-5 program is still being offered, Mazda has given a price range for certain variants since the price will heavily vary depending on the customer’s configuration.
- MX-5 Soft Top: P2,020,000 – P2,280,000
- MX-5 RF: P2,330,000 – P2,440,000
- MX-5 Soft Top Club Edition: P2,580,000 (MT)/P2,630,000 (AT)
- MX-5 RF Club Edition: P2,720,000 (MT)/P2,790,000 (AT)