The All-New Mazda 2016 MX-5 Miata
The new MX-5 Miata is, in fact, a complete revolution, as its body is all-new and doesn’t even closely resemble last year’s model. In each previous generation, the Miata was clearly recognizable, but the 2016 MX-5 Miata does not follow this pattern.
Up front, Mazda lowered the hood so that it forms a point in the very front, and installed a set of angular headlights and a more Kodo-like grille. The example that Mazda showed off at its press event had blacked-out side-view mirror caps and windshield surround, but that may not be standard on all 2016 MX-5s.
Around back, the hips remain wide, but the bodywork pulls inward as you approach the taillights, making the rear quarters look even wider. The two-piece taillights include one circular unit and one horizontal unit, giving the back end more character than I am used to seeing on the MX-5.
From the looks of things, the MX-5′s cabin underwent a full overall too, giving it more luxury than ever before. In the press car, I can make out a floating navigation screen, much like in the upper trim levels of the Mazda3, better-padded seats with upscale leather, and a more refined dash.
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata adopts both the company’s Skyactiv Technology and Kodo design language and will be rolled out to global markets starting in 2015. Overall, the new Miata is the most compact of any generation MX-5 and is over 220 lbs lighter than the current model.
The Japanese automaker didn’t reveal the juiciest of details – that is, what’s hiding under the hood and the power it makes. For now, you will have to be satisfied with its striking exterior while we all wait for more detailed information.