2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Redesign, Specs and Review

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a completely redesigned and remodeled version of the previous one. This one is the fourth-generation Miata since its initial release 25 years ago. The new roadster utilizes new platform which allow Mazda to reduce MX-5’s body weight. Mazda also successfully applies the Skyactiv fuel-efficiency technology which is good for the car to stay strong in the competition.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Exterior

The body of the next generation MX-5 will be made in steel, but it will feature high-strength panels, and some ingenious structural solutions, such as a twin-backbone frame, to solve the problem of open-top rigidity.

One of the most unmistakable characteristics attributed to the previous generation of the MX-5 Miata is the large grille that it look like it was on a perpetual caffeine fix. The fourth generation MX-5 did away with that in favor of a more basic grille that’s similar to what we saw on the original Miata.

The headlights of the MX-5 was also given a make-over where it now carries a distinct up-slanting teardrop shape with LED lighting technology. Upon closer inspection, you’ll notice that the new lighting configuration is also pretty similar to the original’s set-up. Meanwhile, the interior will get sports seats and different aluminum insertions.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Side View

Interior

Inside, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata adopts a design that keeps its low seating, with a prominent center console separating the driver and passenger areas, as well as big, cockpit-style analog gauges and a horizontal, shelf-like instrument panel that helps keep the interior from feeling too confining. Air vents and climate controls keep with the classic round look, for the most part, while there’s a new infotainment system that, as in the Mazda 3 and in the refreshed 2016 Mazda 6, stands up above the low-set dash.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Interior

Powertrain

The current Miata’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes way for the new-generation Skyactiv version. It’s the same size and should be more efficient. In the Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback, this engine makes 155 horsepower — less, actually, than the outgoing Miata’s — but more low-end torque. Combined with the new Miata’s weight loss, this new powertrain promises fun and snappy performance. A six-speed manual transmission will remain standard (an automatic is optional) because this is, after all, a Miata.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Release Date and Price

Reports are saying that the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is going to be introduced in spring 2015, sales will begin in summer. Pricing is yet to be announced, but one thing remains for sure, that will be affordability. Expect for a higher price than the previous model because of the new features and latest technologies applied. We estimate that the new MX-5 will cost around $30,000.

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