Fifteen-five years following the original Mazda MX-5 was exposed with the 1989 Chi town Motor unit present, Mazda has presented us our very first understanding of the technologies that will underpin the all-new fourth-technology MX-5 – thanks available for sale in early 2015. Now our special photos show exactly how the automobile could appearance.
Displayed at last week’s New York Motor Show wasn’t the new Mazda MX-5 itself, but the advanced new SKYACTIV-chassis and engine that will form the backbone of the new MX-5, and the new Alfa Spider being co-developed alongside it. Plus the centre of gravity will be lower than previous generations – factors that should improve the handling, mazda has confirmed the engine will be positioned behind the front axle and closer to the car’s centre than ever before.
Mazda MX-5 2015 back
The new chassis has been engineered for “outstanding body solidity and crashworthiness”, whilst the excess weight is reduced by a lot more than 100kg by making use of thin, higher-strength steels. As a result, entry-level soft-top models are expected to weigh less than 1,050kg.
New Mazda MX-5: extra specifics
At this stage there are no other official details from Mazda, although the car is expected to gain a slightly longer wheelbase than its predecessor for improved stability, comfort and interior space. The engine variety is probably going to incorporate some naturally-aspirated several-tube SKYACTIV petrol motors – one a 1.5-litre model as well as the other a 2.-litre, with around 130bhp and 165bhp respectively. As you can see in the picture, a manual gearbox will continue to be offered, with an auto as an option.
It’s believed to be a very different interpretation of the ‘Kodo’ design language – rather than a cardboard cut-out of the new Mazda3 or Mazda6, even though mazda is giving little away about the car’s design. Count on basic-surfacing and timeless roadster proportions by using a extended bonnet and also the cabin pressed rear for the rear axle.
Mazda MX-5 chassis
“The authentic strategy associated with the MX-5 was simple; to give the pure joy of your light sportscar that techniques precisely because the motorist intends, stated Mazda’s Chairman, Takashi Yamanouchi. In order to stay true to that original ideal.?, “While responding to increasing safety and environmental requirements, over the 25 years since its launch we have had to continually reinvent the MX-5 – far beyond simple evolution -?
The latest MX-5 is tipped to make its whole very first at up coming year’s Chi town Engine Display in Feb ., and continue on transaction shortly after with prices starting around £20,000.