2016 Mazda MX-5 Revealed With Dramatic New Look

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Revealed With Dramatic New Look

The wait is finally over for sports car enthusiasts because the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata just made its debut in Monterey, Calif.

The highly anticipated, next-generation sports car was unveiled at a live event tonight while simultaneous global reveals were also done in Tokyo and Barcelona. Earlier this year, the popular convertible celebrated its 25th anniversary and now the Japanese automaker looks to the future with its new MX-5 Miata, as it continues to strive on as the best-selling two-seat roadster of all time.

During its unveiling, the Japanese automaker described the new MX-5 Miata as a labor of love with its engineers striving to combine the classic roadster with a totally modern design and state-of-the-art technology. Wider and lower than today’s Miata, the new sleek body and design is the Miata’s biggest jump in terms of styling from generation to generation. Inside, the company wanted to give the Miata a much higher quality feel to the interior while remaining driver focused.

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The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata adopts both the company’s Skyactiv Technology and Kodo design language and will be rolled out to global markets starting in 2015. Overall, the new Miata is the most compact of any generation MX-5 and is over 220 lbs lighter than the current model.

Unfortunately, the Japanese automaker didn’t reveal the juiciest of details – that is, what’s hiding under the hood and the power it makes. For now, you will have to be satisfied with its striking exterior while we all wait for more detailed information.

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Discuss this story at our Mazda MX-5 Miata forum

  • Billy Cypher

    The body looks fantastic!

    Too bad about the iPad Mini stuck on top of the dash.

  • MiataGuy

    I agree that the proportions are great. However, the exterior styling details make me wanna hurl. Follow the crooked line of the bottom edge of the headlamp – was that mess really necessary? Look at the diagonal crease through the bodyside just ahead of the rear wheel well. Did this car really need that random slash through it? Bone-headed Kodo stylists! This is no longer a pure design like the early cars.

  • Djinn

    I’ve been waiting months for this and finally it’s here and all I can say is, egghhh. Honestly nothing jumps out and says awesome nor does it seem ugly. The interior is disappointing but not bad, the exterior is almost boring for such a highly coveted roadster.

  • Rickers

    Um… it costs like $25k. What the F were you expecting?

  • Djinn

    Something worth $25k of course, strange question.

  • TONY T.

    I see a lot of bmw Z3 in the design of the new MX5

  • miataGuy

    Yep, it’s like Chris Bangle (or Lexus!) got a hold of an NA. Freaking ugly diagonal crease through the door and rear fender. They “STYLED” it. It has lost it’s pure form-follows-function purity. Sell-out bone head designers who don’t understand the purity of the original.

  • J Mac

    Looks amazing. I might just have to get one.

  • Spaz

    Am I the only one who’s not impressed by this chick car?

  • smartacus

    Well said. I have to agree with you. Laguna Seca my ass, the new Miata has taken an unmistakable turn in chick car direction. OK, now we can move on…

  • GuinnessGirl

    I don’t think it looks like a ‘chick’ car at all. It has awesome lines. Love the deeper looking trunk! I will be getting one!!

  • Billy Cypher

    I think it looks great – has classic sports car lines without going overboard on the whole retro thing. Pretty much a home run in the looks department.

    As far as looking like a “chick car”, I see just as many women driving Camaros and Mustangs.

  • Djinn

    I think the term “chick car” refers to any car that doesnt seem like something a man would drive. All those women driving Mustangs, Camaros, and trucks will laugh at A man in something like this. No man wants to be laughed at for his car so it’s a “chick car”.

  • Billy Cypher

    “Chick car” is an antiquated notion. Drive what you want to drive, who cares what anyone else thinks?

  • chick car driver :)

    That’s plain silly. Any man who would let some “chick’s idea” of a manly car determine his choices is not much of a self confident, “manly” if you will, person. 😉

  • smartacus

    Autoguide just had a shootout, and this new Miata does not raise the stakes one up on the FR-S. So then why did they unveil this bait-n-switch at Laguna Seca? They should have unveiled it at Creations hair salon.
    *and this does not further the Classic British Roadster appeal which made the Miata successful.

  • ColumWood
  • Jeff T

    Yum!

  • Mark

    No numbers as yet except 2300lbs which places it @400lbs lower in weight than the FR-S. If though this has more torque than the FR-S and a relatively linear power curve then game on for some interesting comparo’s between these two cars, especially with respect to handling (suspension, steering and chassis) and braking. Hopefully they do the Club trim level with sports suspension and LSD, but lacking the bloat (leather seats, seat heaters etc). One thing for sure, I think the FR-S at @26k is safe, the Club trim equivalent of this Miata will be North of 27k MSRP. Car looks great though – see a little F Type in the mix, can’t be bad.

  • johnls39 .

    Not my cup of tea though, but I do like the looks of this nice looking stylish little car.

  • NeatGuy

    $20,000 Polaris Slingshot. ‘Nuf said. [Three wheeled, and so were the Original Morgans. Did someone say British Roadster?]

  • cyclism

    I was there at the presentation, the car looks amazing, and shocking they were able to get 200lbs out of it. Should be a huge hit and a blast to drive. The chick car and hair dresser comments are already tiresome, how can we expect manufacturers to create low volume, inexpensive sports cars when the narrative is bs stuff like this? Be happy we have options like the BRZ and MX-5, we could easily be “driving” google pods instead

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    Agreed.

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