- The redesigned 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will make its global debut on September 3.
- The 2016 MX-5 Miata is expected to arrive at dealerships next spring.
- Mazda's next-generation roadster will feature an aluminum-intensive Skyactiv Chassis.
IRVINE, California — The redesigned 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will make its global debut on September 3, Mazda North American Operations confirmed on Wednesday.
The 2016 MX-5 Miata is expected to arrive at dealerships next spring.
Mazda's next-generation roadster will feature an aluminum-intensive Skyactiv chassis.
A YouTube teaser video does not show the car, but promises: "It's not an evolution, it's a revolution."
At the 2014 New York Auto Show, Mazda said it has a weight-reduction goal of more than 220 pounds for the 2016 MX-5 Miata.
The future model will be "lighter, stronger and with a physical footprint more in tune with its first-generation predecessor than with its heavier, larger current-day cousin," the automaker said at the time.
Mazda said: "This chassis is the first time Skyactiv Technology has ever been shown in a front midship engine rear-wheel-drive design. The compact configuration showcases an engine closer to the vehicle's center, a center of gravity which itself is lower than that of any previous generation."
The 2016 MX-5 Miata's global debut will take place simultaneously in Japan, Spain and Monterey, California.
"We're excited to make this official, to announce that the newest member of the MX-5 Miata family will be arriving soon," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations, in a statement. "Along with our colleagues around the world, we continue to celebrate the MX-5's 25th anniversary and look forward to sharing even more news in the near future.
The next-generation MX-5 Miata will be on display at Miatas at Mazda Raceway September 5-7. Registration for the event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.MiatasAtMazdaRaceway.com.
Edmunds says: If you're a Mazda MX-5 Miata enthusiast, mark your calendar for that important event on September 3.