The press release for the face-lifted MX-5 announced proudly that it has a 'more a aggressive look'.Really? Why, of all cars, does the MX5 need an aggressive look? Its original design team were searching for oneness of horse and rider, not lion and tamer. It's always been cute and it always been popular with both sexes – why mess with that?
In fact, looking at the picture of the new deep grille, I’m afraid the MX-5 looks as it’s having a belly laugh at our expense. Aggressive, it ain't. In fact, it's looking less like a Lotus Elan and more like a Frogeye Sprite. (Or Bugeye if you prefer to call this car a Miata.)
I’m afraid Mazda has become a fashion victim. I can hear its parents saying "Just because everyone else is wearing flared trousers, it doesn't mean you have to.
I don't know if I'm right, but I tend to blame Audi for all the gaping maws on the road these days. At least a huge mouth looks right on an Audi. It looks ridiculous on Peugeots. I'll see if I get used to it on the MX-5.
That aside, we’re promised even better handling and responsiveness, plus the bonnet pops up in a front-end accident to meet European pedestrian safety regulations.
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