As expected, Mazda officially introduced today the all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata, the fourth-generation of company’s most popular roadster. According to Mazda, the new MX-5 Miata features the Kodo – Soul of Motion design theme and comparing it with its predecessor, the new model is a big improvement. The new car arrives with stylish headlights, a big air intake, new LED lights located on the front bumper as well as a new hood with muscular lines.
The height of the bonnet is lowered, while the A-pillars and windshield header was moved to the rear. At the rear, we find LED taillights, an interesting design for the rear bumper, as well as an air diffuser and a chromed exhaust system. The interior is completely new and according to Mazda, it was designed in order to maximize the pleasure of open-top driving.
The MX-5 Miata arrives with a brand new three-spoke interior, a new dash featuring simple design lines as well as with the latest-generation human-machine interface (HMI) and MZD Connect. As you may know already, Mazda MX-5 Miata is known for its easy-to-operate soft-top and the latest generation continues the tradition.
The weight of the new soft top was also reduced and it is now easy to operate it while seated. Mazda will offer the new MX-5 Miata with a choice of two SkyActiv-G direct-injection petrol engines with displacements of 1.5- and 2.0-liter. Bolted to a SkyActiv-MT six-speed manual transmission, the engines are expected to deliver 140 hp and 200 hp, respectively.
The vehicle rides on a new rear-wheel-drive architecture and comparing it with its predecessor, it is 105 mm shorter, 20 mm lower and 10 mm wider. In addition, the new MX-5 Miata is 100 kg lighter. The engine is now located closer to the vehicle’s centre, while the bonnet, boot lid, front fender as well as front and rear bumper reinforcements are made of aluminum. [source: Mazda]