Drum roll, please! Ta-Da! The New 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata has finally been revealed after much anticipation. It has been kept extremely hush-hush, and not even one photo leaked prior to Mazda’s formal reveal, which is amazing.
After much expectation and conjecture as to the details of this fourth-generation (ND) model, even after it’s unveiling in Monterey, CA, details are still sketchy. Although we do know what the Miata looks like.
According to Autoblog, Mazda has “confirmed that the new Miata sheds some 220 pounds over the model it replaces and is the most compact of any generation MX-5 so far.” That being said, the new 2016 Miata will weigh in close to 2,200 pounds.
Once the ooh’s and ah’s settled after the reveal, Automobile Magazine says that North American design chief Derek Jenkins gave a brief Q&A, and by brief, we mean BRIEF — revealing nothing about the engineering or mechanical details. And not even a mention of what other Miata colors will be available.
So, what did anyone learn about the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata?
As Jenkins walks around the Miata, he points out what he calls a “hip line,” which is a smooth crease that starts in the middle of the door upward to the rear fenders to the back of the soft top, which is a character defining mark.
Automobile Magazine reports Jenkins stating,
“There was a strong feeling that the car needed to be modernized. So the design team penned a longer, lower hood, pulled the A-pillar — now blacked out — further back, and raked the windshield even more. The hood dips to a short front overhang, Jenkins says, and uses a mechanical solution to meet European pedestrian-protection standards.”
If you look closely, the grille is somewhat similar to that of the Jaguar F-Type, and all the exterior lights are LED, and the Miata obviously sits lower on 18-inch wheels. Dallas News reports that one question was as to whether the new Mazda sports car would offer a hardtop, or even a lift-off hardtop. That question was not answered.
Although Jenkins would not discuss any details of the interior dimensions or design, it was noted that this is the very first MX-5 Miata offering an optional navigation system.
For this to be considered a “big reveal,” much is yet to be learned about the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. There is still much speculation regarding the details under the hood, and elsewhere. But Mazda did at least reveal important bit of information, according to Automobile Magazine: “The new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is at least as sporty and good-looking, if not more so, than any of the first three” Well, there you have it.
Photo Credit: Automobilemag.com, LATimes.com