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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Mazda Confirms Kinematic Posture Control For 2022 MX-5

Mazda has finally confirmed the changes coming to the MX-5 in 2022. Along with new trim and paint options, the Mazda MX-5 gets newly developed Kinematic Posture Control (KPC) technology (this was earlier leaked as Vehicle Attitude Stabilization Control).

Unique to Mazda MX-5 and applied to both the soft top and RF, KPC uses the MX-5’s suspension structure to provide a more integrated and stable turning posture at high speed, giving a greater sense of driver involvement, without adding even a single gram to the weight of the vehicle.

The MX-5’s rear suspension is designed to generate an “anti-lift” force that pulls the vehicle’s body down when the brakes are applied. KPC works by applying a slight brake to the inner rear wheel when cornering under conditions with high G-force, thereby suppressing roll and pulling the vehicle down to stabilize posture.

KPC can determine the turning conditions in real time from the difference in speed between the left and right rear wheels, and increases its activity linearly in response to this to produce an appropriate posture stabilization effect. This means there is no change to everyday driving situations, but the harder the drive becomes, the more the MX-5 sharpens its tail-end senses and cleverly adjusts its own turning posture.

Aside from the addition of KPC, Mazda has confirmed several new color and trip options on the 2022 MX-5 including a Navy Blue Top as well as a vivid new Terracotta Nappa leather for the interior. Platinum Quartz also joins the color palette.

In terms of engine, Mazda has eschewed any changes this time around (no M Hybrid). This means power will still come from a 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine making 184 horsepower and 205 Nm of torque.

Production of the revised 2022 MX-5 starts in mid-January for the Japanese market. Other markets will follow soon thereafter.


  1. No revisions for the interior or mazda hasnt announced anything yet? its infotainment is really old i hope they put the one in the cx-30 and this car will be perfect

    1. Except for new colors and trims? So far nothing major. As for infotainment system, it depends per market/spec. Most though get wireless CarPlay now as standard. The system, as you pointed out, is still the previous Mazda Connect.

  2. So is it just their branding of torque vectoring by braking?



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