After 25 years and three generations, some might wonder: “What’s next for Miata”? The answer is simple; fourth generation. First 2016 Mazda MX-5 models are supposed to become available in third quarter of this year which roughly translates to late summer or early fall.
Small roadster will be based upon in-house Skyactiv technology. Overseas markets will get 1.5L 4-cylinder engine with 129 hp and 111 lb-ft of torque as the only available option. 6-speed transmission and engine’s 7500-rpm redline should ensure good driving dynamics and great fuel efficiency. On the other hand, U.S. market is going to get slightly beefier option. 2.0L 4-cylinder should deliver 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque and offer better acceleration, together with slightly lower fuel economy ratings. Needless to say, all models will exhibit a rear-wheel drive like they always did.
Immdiately we need to say that both of these engines will not be enough for most drivers and that we will see many modified Miata’s. This is one of the best cars for tuners and can receive various mods so expect to see it significantly upgraded pretty much right after the launch.
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is slightly smaller this time. 4.1 inches shorter frame speaks enough, especially since 2-door, 2-seat coupe was already on the small side to begin with. Weight savings are solid as well, and models presented abroad weigh around 2,200 pounds. Still, American version should be slightly heavier. Apart from larger powertrain, U.S. Miata is supposed to ride on larger, 17-inch wheels. As for the actual design, car has definitely gone a long way and looks much different than its predecessors which all had something in common. Those 4 inches can really be seen as even Miata’s new nosejob seems good and nicer. I mean, they really made it smaller. Frontal fascia consists only of oval open-mouth air intake and small, sharp headlights. Rear end is where new MX-5 resembles its ancestors the most. Neat, curved overhang features trademark circular tail-lights which fit the downsizing story great.
Interior is also neat and tidy, and above all, compact. Slim, sporty dashboard features circular airvents and few knobs, mostly for air conditioning. Touch screen display is tablet-like and hides inside the dash when necessary. There’s otherwise nothing much to it. Lower tiers offer fabric cloth, upper grades give you leather upholstery. Connectivity options are pretty standard and you’ll get most of them from the get-go. However, you’ll have to pay extra for navigation. That’s pretty much it for Miata as there wouldn’t be enough space for much else anyway.
2016 Mazda MX-5 Price
European and Asian models are in for a great fuel efficiency thanks to their small engines, but even American models should exhibit higher numbers than 33 mpg combined which their predecessors managed. That’s mostly available thanks to weight savings. Prices should remain similar and new models shouldn’t cost much more than $23,000 in their base form. On the other hand, top grades could reach the $30,000 mark which still is a good place from where to start modifications.
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 prides itself on great driving dynamics and super easy handling. That’s what you get from lightweight roadster. Furthermore, it didn’t change at all during quarter of the century on the streets and why would it change now? Miata remains Miata (even if its official name is MX-5), whatever happens. This is why 2016 Mazda MX-5 is such a good, nimble and petite car with long history full of pride.