The Mazda MX-5 is the world’s best-selling two-seater sports car. Now, after much waiting and anticipation we have official images of the new MX-5. The headlining numbers reveal that this new model is shorter, lower and wider.
Mazda MX-5 DetailsThis is the latest Mazda to follow the KODO design philosophy of ‘soul in motion’ as seen previously on the Shinari concept car and the current CX-5. It definitely looks athletic and the overall design is quite pleasing in our opinion.
The proportions of the new MX-5 mean that it is 105 mm shorter in length than before, 20 mm lower and 10 mm wider. The overall weight has also said to be slashed by as much as 100kg due to use of aluminium in key weight saving areas.
No specific details have been released as to power outputs of the MX-5 but Mazda has said there will be two petrol motors available using SKYACTIV technology. The engine has been mounted slightly further behind the front axle in order to achieve perfect 50:50 weight distribution.
The spirit of the sports car convertible is still intrinsic to the MX-5 and the soft-top roof remains key to its design. They have also improved the wind noise whilst the roof is down, deflecting it away from the passengers. Speakers have been built into the headrests to increase 'driver enjoyment'.
Suspension-wise the MX-5 has a simple setup with double wishbones at the front and a multilink rear suspension. The key to the Mazda MX-5 has always been simplicity and purity so things look good so far, we await final details like engine choices at the official launch before it goes on sale in 2015.