Mazda presented its all-new 2016 MX-5 at the Paris Motor Show, 25 years after the original MX-5 was unveiled back in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show. As you may know already the new model made its debut last month at company’s new facility the ‘Mazda Space’ in Barcelona and arrives with a new KODO – Soul of Motion design for the exterior characterized by the longer bonnet, the well-known grille and stylish rear end that features LED taillights.
Compared with the predecessor, the new generation MX-5 is 100 kg (220 lbs) lighter and comes with electric power-assited rack and pinion steering. Mazda will offer the MX-5 in Europe with a Skyactiv-G 1.5-liter petrol engine bolted to a six-speed manual transmission.
In the United States, the MX-5 will get a bigger 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine, but no details were released regarding the outputs. Rumors indicate that the 1.5-liter engine will deliver 140 hp (104 kW), while the 2.0-liter will develop up to 200 hp (149 kW). Mazda’s new MX-5 roadster will go on sale next year as a 2016 model year.