The next generation of the Mazda MX-5 (nee Miata) has been the subject of low-level yet fierce speculation for years now. Lighter, smaller, sportier--all are on the table. But before that, it looks like we'll be getting another refresh of the current third-generation car.

Known to enthusiasts as the NC, the third-generation MX-5 has been on the market since the 2006 model, and so is not quite as long-toothed as some cars, but definitely nearing the end of its run, as evidenced by the arrival of several special editions in recent years. To cap it off, following the 2009 round of mild engine and appearance updates, the third iteration of the NC, dubbed tentatively NC2.5 or NC3 by fans, will get yet another refresh--but this time, just to its look, according to the denizens of the MX-5 OC forum, courtesy of images snapped from a Japanese dealership brochure.

With a slight revision to the central grille opening that (thankfully) reduces some of the smileyness, as well as reshaped fog light/auxiliary air inlets, the new look fits the car well. Beyond the fresher front bumper, however, there is no indication of other updates, either inside or under the hood.

We'll keep our ears to the ground for more news of the upcoming refreshed 2013 Mazda MX-5, but in the mean time, you can refresh yourself on what to expect of the next-generation car.