Mazda has finally revealed the next MX-5 Roadster, and the 2016 MX-5 Miata promises to be one of the most fun-to-drive vehicles on the road. The next Miata will be lighter, more efficient, and better performing.
Mazda introduced the pristine Miata at the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Show, and simultaneously released a gallery of photos of the newest roadster. The Miata appears to have a wider and lower front end, with a nose that curves nearly all the way to the ground, a low belt-line dip, fenders pulled back further from the front, and a dramatic taper into the rear bumper.
In order to improve efficiency, the Miata will not only be lighter, but will also feature SkyActiv engine technology and will mirror the design language of other Mazda vehicles.
The debut was broadcast live in Barcelona and Tokyo, and featured director of design Derek Jenkins. Jenkins discussed the difficult balance the design team faced: how could they keep everything enthusiasts love about the roadster in an effort to respect the Miata’s current fan base world-wide, while still appealing to a new generation of drivers?
“We started with the basics,” Jenkins explained. “Simple, lightweight, affordable, and of course completely in sync with the driver.”
That pretty much says it all – simplicity, efficiency, and respecting 25 years of iconic design were major priorities for the automaker.
Here at Parks Mazda, we can’t wait to see the MX-5 Miata for ourselves!