- The wraps came off the redesigned 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata on Wednesday, with a showroom date set for mid-2015.
- The fourth generation of the MX-5 Miata is wider, lower and lighter than the current car.
- The exterior has "a lot more confidence and attitude," said Derek Jenkins, Mazda's North American director of design, during the live reveal.
HIROSHIMA, Japan — The wraps came off the redesigned 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata on Wednesday, with a showroom date set for mid-2015.
The exterior has "a lot more confidence and attitude," said Derek Jenkins, Mazda's North American director of design, during the live reveal of the car. "(But still with) the Mazda face."
The challenge in the redesign was to retain the "classic roadster, but with a totally modern design and state-of-the-art technology," he said.
No technical specifications were released, but the 2016 MX-5 Miata is expected to be equipped with a full suite of Skyactiv technology, including a 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G inline four-cylinder engine. Transmission choices are expected to carry over, including a six-speed automatic transmission.
The redesign shaves about 220 pounds off the car's current weight of around 2,500 pounds, resulting in improved fuel economy. Mazda did not offer a fuel economy estimate on the 2016 model. The 2015 MX-5 Miata returns 21 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
Few interior details were spelled out, but Jenkins said the "interior is much more aspirational with a high-quality feel."
Pricing was not announced. The base 2015 MX-5 Miata starts at $24,765, including a $795 destination charge.
"There's a lot of pressure to do a great car because of the legacy," Jenkins said. "We're so lucky to have such an icon."
Edmunds says: This is one of the most anticipated unveilings of the year. Car shoppers should be happy with a reassuringly evolutionary design — albeit with a more virile twist.