As promised, in September 3, 2014, the Japanese automaker Mazda made a presentation of the new 4th generation Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster, which was held simultaneously in Japan, US and Europe. It was originally planned that the model will show in the spring at the New York Auto Show in 2014, but at that show Mazda shown only the chassis for future innovations and its world premiere was held in early October in Paris.
2016 Mazda MX-5 release date: late 2015
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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata exterior
The exterior of the new Mazda MX-5 2016 made in corporate style called “KODO – Soul of Motion”, however, compared to the other Mazda models grille is made a little differently, and narrow head optics gained a completely different design. Emphasis is placed on original rear lights, consisting of two separate and different shaped sections. The basis of the new rear-drive roadster has is used SKYACTIV chassis, and reduce the weight of the vehicle, compared to its predecessor. Now, the basic version with textile foldable roof weighs less than a ton.
The new MX-5 has received much more attractive front designed in friendly style. In general, 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata became wider and lower than the outgoing model. Hood was “impossibly low,” according to design director Derek Jenkins, thanks to the engine, located as low as possible. In contrast to the flat hood of the current generation, the Mazda MX-5 Miata 2016 model year has clearly visible lines smoothly flow into the arch and extending along the door, ending above the rear arches. Design has become more like a BMW Z4 with long hood and cabin shifted back.
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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata specs
Contributed to the reduction in weight and dimensions of the model slightly trimmed, the length of the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 is 154,1 in (3915 mm), the length of the wheelbase was reduced to 91,1 in (2315 mm), the car became wider – up to 68,1 in (1730 mm), and the height is equal to 48,6 in (1235 mm). The company notes that the new roadster has the lowest center of gravity among all the previous MX-5, and the weight is distributed in the axes have ideal proportions of 50:50.
As for powertrains, 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster has two gasoline engines. The first one is SKYACTIV-G 1.5L capacity (131 hp and 110 ft lb) and 2.0L (157 hp and 147 ft lb), combined with a six manual transmission. The manual gearbox is available as an option. The dynamic characteristics of the model are not specified. There is possible appearance of the more performance modification in the future.
The new platform will be 14% lighter than the previous one. In general, the weight of the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be 220.5 pounds (100 kg) less. Mazda Company promises that mass will be less than 3,000 pounds (1360 kg), and is rumored it could be 2250 lbs (1020 kg). The company also promises that the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the most compact car in the Miata family.
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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata interior
Interior design trend is a combination of solutions used in the latest models of the manufacturer. In particular, the front panel resembles similar to the second generation Mazda 2 hatchback, and multimedia system screen which is located on the center console is also used in the last generation Mazda 3. The overall interior quality is way better than outgoing MX-5 Miata has, and the design is more convenient.
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata price
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will go on sale in 2015. The final price hasn’t announced yet, but it is expected that it will be not much more than the price on the current generation Miata – $ 24765.
Mazda MX-5 Miata brand history
Mazda miata MX-5 – two-seat roadster made by Japanese automaker Mazda. It was first presented at the Chicago Auto Show in 1989 and immediately gained popularity due to the easy handling and attractive appearance. The car was created on the principles of Kansei-engineering centered on the emotional perception of the product by the buyer.
The car proved to be very popular with fans of sports cars – has sold more than 800 thousand copies was sold around the world for the first 19 years of production, and more than 900 thousand copies by 2011. It hit the Guinness Book of Records as the best selling sports car in the world, as well as car, from which managed to collect the longest convoy.