Mazda have officially unveiled the all-new Mazda MX-5 at a launch event in Barcelona, Spain. The new MX-5 will be on show at next month’s Paris Motor Show, its official public debut.
The new fourth generation MX-5 will go on sale in the UK next year for a starting price of around £21,000, which makes a little more expensive than the outgoing model.
In the MX-5’s twenty-five year history over 947,000 models have been sold, making it the best selling two-seater car of all time. The new model is some 100 mm shorter than its predecessor, 10 mm wider and is 20 mm lower.
It uses the same KODO – Soul of Motion design language as the new Mazda3 and Mazda6. Weighing in some 100kg lighter than the old model and with a lower centre of gravity, it promises not only to be quicker but to offer better handling.
And it is equipped with Mazda’s latest SKYACTIV Technology, including specially tuned SKYACTIV-G petrol engines and the first rear-wheel drive version of the SKYACTIV-Chassis.
The rear-wheel are still powered by what is expected to be the choice of either a 1.5 or 2.0-litre power plant via a six-speed manual gearbox – there will be the option of an automatic. Mazda have even been able to move the engine backwards towards the centre of the car to improve the front to rear weight distribution.
We would hope to have more information next month at the Paris Motor Show, including the official launch date for the UK, which is expected to be the middle of next year.Published 4 September 2014