Mazda Reveals New Smaller, Lighter 2016 MX-5

Mazda took the wraps off the fourth generation of its iconic MX-5 roadster yesterday, and initial impressions are almost overwhelmingly positive. There are bits of inspiration from sources as disparate as the Honda S2000 and CRZ in the front, and the Jaguar F-Type in the taillights.

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Perhaps the most impressive is the cabin, which adopts the design found in other new Mazda models, complete with hooded gauge cluster, simple HVAC dials and a display screen poking out of the dash.

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The 2016 model now embraces Mazda’s whole SKYACTIV philosophy, which means the car is around 220 pounds lighter than before, and retains its 50/50 front/rear weight distribution. Compared with the current model, the new MX-5 has a slightly shorter wheelbase and is nearly four-inches shorter bumper-to-bumper, but it is fractionally wider than before.

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Beyond knowing that the MX-5 will sport at least one of Mazda’s SKYACTIV-G gasoline direct-injection four-cylinder engines, and presumably six-speed manual and automatic transmissions, we’re unsure of details about potential displacement, power and fuel economy. The current MX-5 uses the old 2.0-liter MZR with 167 horsepower and 140 pounds-feet of torque, and is rated at 22 mpg city and 28 highway.