2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mazda is a small company, which gives it certain advantages over its behemoth rivals in developing focused products. Mazda’s size also seems to help it keep secrets. That the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata marks only the fourth generation of the model in 25 years shows just how precisely Mazda’s engineers and designers nailed the roadster’s original formula. It’s also a testament to the Miata’s broad, enduring appeal as a coastal highway cruiser, cute commuter or affordable track day special. 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be redesigned from the ground up. It will be lighter, smaller, possibly turbocharged, and incorporate Mazda’s full suite of Skyactiv fuel-efficiency technologies.
The dramatic new look of the 2016 MX-5 is modern, fitting with the brand’s KODO design theme found on its other vehicles. Inside, the materials and design are much improved over even the latest MX-5 Miata, with upgraded plastics, leather, and, for the first time, a large display mounted at the center of the dash. Beyond the large display, there are very few clues to be gleaned from the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata as it has been revealed thus far; features, equipment, and even engines and transmissions remain up in the air. Despite that, however, we do have some expectations for the car, including its performance. With wheels and tires sized very similarly to the third-generation MX-5’s, as well as an overall length and size very close to the third-gen car, but with about 200 pounds less weight, we expect the 2016 Mazda MX-5 to perform rather brilliantly. Add to that ten years of improved engineering and materials, and the chassis itself should be considerably more rigid and even better-balanced, making for both a smoother ride and crisper handling.
A four-cylinder engine is almost a given, but beyond that, specifications are unknown. Both 2.0-liter and 1.5-liter Skyactiv engines are rumored as possibilities, with a turbocharger also thought to be in the works. There is even talk that Mazda may offer more than one engine option in the range, a first for the MX-5 Miata model line. Look for the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata to debut next spring, with sales likely to begin by summer. With the new technology used in the next-gen Miata, expect the starting price to eclipse the current base model’s sub-$25,000 sticker. Mazda will need to stay competitive.
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