2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata was officially unveiled at 25 years since the first model was first introduced on the market.
The most popular roadster in the world, with more than 970.000 units sold during the past 25 years, is now ready to make a big change. And, as Mazda says, it is the biggest change between generations ever.
The new car features the new Kodo design language, with sharp headlights and taillights, LED daytime running lights found on the front spoiler, a more generous grille and a back that remembers us the old BMW Z4.
The interior was built from scrap, with new softer materials and a redesigned dashboard. The multifunctional steering wheel, the new knobs and buttons, the simplified dashboard, the 7 inch touchscreen and the leather upholstery are just a few technological improvements.
The biggest change is under the body, where Mazda used a completely new platform, that uses aluminium and makes the 2015 MX-5 Miata 100 kilograms lighter than the old model. It is the first SkyActiv platform and it promises to retain the rear wheel drive attitude.
The car is now shorter by 105 mm than the old model, but it is better balanced. The height was also lowered to 20mm, but is 10mm wider than its predecessor. It rides on a 15mm shorter wheelbase and the front and rear overhangs were cut by 90mm.
The engine range will include a 1.5 liter petrol engine, delivering 100 hp, already found on the Mazda3. There will also be a more pwoerfull 2.0 liter engine. Both will be coupled to a SkyActiv six speed manual transmission.