Mazda MX-5 Hardtop Expected to Debut Late March

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Mazda MX-5 hardtop variant is expected to make its debut late this month at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

The Japanese automaker has sent invites to the media promising a world premiere and asking the media to “help us blow the lid off at the New York Auto Show.” The wording isn’t accidental with it alluding to a hardtop version of the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

In August 2014, it was reported that we should expect the Mazda MX-5 hardtop one year after the convertible’s launch, so the timing also lines up for the debut.

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Expect the hardtop to be lighter than its predecessor, with a lighter and more compact folding-roof mechanism. With tighter packaging, the hardtop will have increased trunk space compared to the previous model, one of the biggest gripes customers had.

The official name will be Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe and it will be slightly heavier than the soft-top model. In some markets, the hardtop version has sold better than the soft-top.

Check back with AutoGuide.com in late March for live coverage of the 2016 New York Auto Show, where we will be sure to help blow the lid off the New York Auto Show.

[Source: Autocar]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Mar 10, 2016

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