- The redesigned 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be equipped with a standard 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder engine in the U.S., Mazda confirmed on Wednesday at the 2014 Paris Auto Show.
- Engine specifications will be announced later.
- The 2016 MX-5 Miata arrives at U.S. dealerships in mid-2015.
PARIS — The redesigned 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be equipped with a standard 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder engine in the U.S., Mazda North American Operations confirmed on Wednesday at the 2014 Paris Auto Show.
"While some markets will equip the all-new 2016 MX-5 with a 1.5-liter engine, we are happy to confirm that all MX-5s sold in the U.S. will be equipped with a Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter engine," Mazda said in a statement.
Engine specifications and pricing will be announced later.
A manual transmission will be standard equipment. It is expected to have six speeds, although Mazda did not confirm that number.
The powertrain setup will preserve "the fun-to-drive essence that only MX-5 can offer," Mazda said.
The 2016 MX-5 Miata arrives at U.S. Mazda dealerships in mid-2015.
Although Mazda still needs to fill in some of the blanks about the 2016 MX-5 Miata, a clearer picture is emerging.
The larger engine is expected to deliver satisfying performance when coupled with the car's weight loss.
The redesign shaves 220 pounds off the car's current weight of around 2,500 pounds.
The fourth generation of the MX-5 Miata is wider, lower and lighter than the current car. Main design cues include a low hood, blacked-out A-pillars and mirrors and exterior LED lights.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers get confirmation from Mazda that the smaller, 1.5-liter engine in the 2016 MX-5 Miata is bound for other markets, not the U.S.