The new MX-5 will be a halo model for UK Mazda dealers when it arrives in late spring next year.
Skyactiv design principles have kept the weight down – aluminium has been widely used – and it sits 20mm and 10cm wider than the current roadster, leading to expectations of a superb drive. Owners of the current car will like the snug, sporty cabin, modern infotainment system and roof that can easily be folded back as per the car’s tradition. A version with a powered folding roof is likely to follow, as this type currently accounts for the majority of UK demand.
Under the bonnet of the show car is a direct-injection SkyActiv 1.5-litre petrol engine, which, like the other petrol units in Mazda’s SkyActiv range, features a high compression ratio. The engine is longitudinally mounted in the nose of the car. The Paris car features a six-speed manual gearbox, but a six-speed automatic transmission will be offered as an option in some markets. Some regions are also likely to get a 2.0-litre engine.