Mazda finally unveiled the all new fourth generation 2016 MX-5 this week in Monterrey, the next chapter in the best selling roadster of all time.
At a packed house of Mazda enthusiasts with Duran Duran on stage, the all new 2016 MX-5 roadster was unveiled by Mazda Director of Design, Derek Jenkins.
Sharing that developing the new MX-5 was a careful balance of keeping what is good and pushing the envelope with that is new, the car rolled out on the stage to thundering applause.
The new car does push the envelope indeed with tighter and more angular design loosely pulling cues from the brand’s Kodo design language.
Its nose is lower with sharply wedged headlamps and the rear gets a completely new look with inset tail lights. A pronounced crease now creates an interesting hip line over the rear wheels too.
Mazda didn’t reveal much in the way of specifications, but says the new car is lighter by over 200 lbs. If that’s true for our U.S. Spec model, that’s a huge accomplishment.
Power will come from a yet unspecified SkyActiv naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine. We can speculate it will be either 2.0 or 2.5 liters and have a bit more than the car’s current 167 horsepower.
The new 2016 Mazda MX-5 will go on sale next spring, with specifications and pricing to be announced closer to launch.
My opinion having owned a number of MX-5’s is still not yet set. This is one I really need to see in person before deciding whether I love or hate it.