Mazda has commenced production of the 2015 Mazda MX-5 in at its Ujina Plant No.1 in Hiroshima, Japan. Built on the KODO: Soul of Motion design language, the fourth-generation roadster is 3,915 mm long, 1,730 mm wide and 1,235 mm tall.
The new-generation model is 105 mm shorter, 10 mm wider and and 20 mm lower than its previous-generation. The weight balance is ratio is kept 50:50 (front:rear), while the engine has been positioned completely behind the front axle. The kerb weight is now over 100 kg lesser than that of the outgoing model. There won’t be an electrically retractable roof; the black soft-top will have to be manually retracted. Mazda has said that the 2016 model will also adopt new MZD Connect infotainment system.
The two-seater features two new SKYACTIV petrol engines – 131 PS (129 hp) 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-G and 160 PS (158 hp) 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G, both being four-cylinder direct-injection engines. Power is transferred to the rear axle via a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.
The all-new MX-5’s sales will commence first in Japan with deliveries beginning in June. Following the Japanese launch, the 2016 model will reach global markets later this year. In the UK, the two-seater is already available for pre-order for a minimum deposit of £1,000.