All-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata breaks cover

Lower, wider, bolder roadster

Published: September 03, 2014 09:15 PM
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In the late 1980s, the Mazda MX-5 Miata modernized the classic roadster concept—it was a true driver’s car that was affordable, agile, and fun. Now, 25 years and 940,000 sales later, Mazda has introduced the fourth-generation MX-5 Miata.

The new car is wider and lower than today’s car, with a decidedly Jaguar F-Type feel to its muscular rear flanks. And perhaps a touch of Honda S2000 to the snout. Weight has been reduced by 220 lbs. The unspecified powertrain adapts the brand’s Skyactiv technology, which we have seen deliver a laudable balance of power and efficiency on other models, like the Mazda3 and Mazda CX-5.

Other details are being held until closer to production, but it is clear that this car continues the latest Mazda design direction, and that the car itself remains true to its roots. The current Miata tops our roadster ratings, despite facing pricier, more prestigious competitors. As the company said during the unveiling, a chief goal was simply to not mess with a winning formula. We hope that enviable balance holds true, and we will budget for a test car in anticipation.

The next-gen Miata goes on sale worldwide in 2015.

Jeff Bartlett

Photo: Hand-out

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