If you can't justify upgrading your car for the new plate, consider the 2023 Mazda range, where a significant number of models have been updated with new designs and technology. This means that when it comes collecting your new car, not only will it have the latest registration plate, showing off that your car is brand new, but will also be the newest possible version of your chosen model, filled with the most up to date technology and design.
To continue to be sold alongside the Mazda2 Hybrid, the facelifted Mazda2 is on sale now. This refresh updates the model with a redesign and realigned specification levels - the Centre-Line, Homura, Exclusive-Line and Homura Aka (which features black half leather seats with red accenting, heated leather steering wheel and red stitching highlights throughout). All models have had a refreshed exterior, with a redesigned front grille and bumper, as well as the introduction of 2 new exterior colours - Aero Grey and Air Stream Blue. Also, Wireless Apple Carplay now comes as standard.
To ensure the Mazda3 remains competitive within the current market, the latest update for the model adds a new "sporty" Homura specification with black exterior features and red stitching in the interior, and various interior and entertainment improvements. Some of these updates include a larger 10.25" screen, the introduction of wireless Carplay as standard, wireless phone charging introduced as standard from the Centre-Line grade. As with other updated models in 2023, the trim levels are updated to align the range with Mazda Europe.
The popular CX-30 has been much-loved since its debut release in early 2020 and has now received similar updates as the 2024 Mazda3, the 2024 Mazda CX-30 will also see new features such as a larger infotainment screen, the Homura grade, and wireless phone charging and wireless Carplay.
The award-winning CX-5 was facelifted again for 2023 and introduced new specification levels and brought Mazda mild hybrid technology to the model. This means that every petrol-powered CX-5 now comes with 24V mild-hybrid technology, helping to reduce the average CO2 emissions. Wireless Carplay comes as standard, as well as the USB ports changed to USB-C, and Rhodium White paint is introduced.
The Mazda MX-5, the brand's world famous 2 seater sports car, was updated for 2023 to feature new model grade naming - Prime-Line, Exclusive-Line and Homura - and the introduction of Zircon sand paint. Also, the model adds the limited edition Kizuna to the MX-5 range. Limited to 250 cars in the UK, the Kizuna features a premium blue soft top and stone Nappa leather, offered exclusively in Machine Grey or Deep Crystal Blue and powered by the 132ps 1.5L Skyactiv-G engine.
After the CX-60 was introduced late in 2022, Mazda have since added a diesel drive train to the lineup to join the hybrid vehicle. A pair of diesel engine options were introduced in 2023, both featuring a 3.3L six-cylinder engine with 2 power output options - 200ps on the Exclusive-Line trim and 254ps - both paired with 48V mild-hybrid technology. The specification levels remain unchanged from those first introduced with the PHEV, the Exclusive Line, Homura and Takumi.
To accompany the electric MX-30, the MX-30 R-EV was announced for 2023, set for delivery late this year. The model will reintroduce rotary engine technology back to the range for the first time since the iconic RX8, forming a plug-in hybrid unlike any other. Similar to a battery-electric vehicle, the wheels are driven exclusively by electric motors and the 830cc petrol engine acts as a generator to charge the battery, meaning the R-EV always drives via the electric motor to deliver a seamless EV driving experience. With the 17.8kWh battery, this allows for 53 miles travel on pure electric, enough to complete the average daily drive without needing any assistance from petrol power. When paired with a full 50 litres of fuel in the tank, this allows for a total range of over 400 miles.
The R-EV is offered with no interior styling changes but will introduce model-specific badging with a ‘rotor-shaped’ emblem, along with a more aerodynamic alloy wheel design that incorporate a black base tone. The highly specified grades remain the same as the all-electric MX-30: Prime-Lime, Exclusive-Line and Makoto.