Mazda marking 25 years of Miata at New York Auto Show, while next-gen model slowly comes to light.
Mazda will celebrate 25 years of the inimitable MX-5 Miata at the New York Auto Show next month by bringing along 15 examples of the legendary roadster. The Japanese carmaker is staying silent about which MX-5 variants will make the trip to the Javitz Center, but it has no shortage of examples to choose from with over 900,000 units sold from three generations since its debut at the Chicago Auto Show in 1989.
One car that won't be on show is the fourth-gen Miata that Mazda is preparing for a 2015 reveal. Insiders have described the final design as "really beautiful," while a senior engineering source has told Autocar the upcoming model will utilize an all-new lightweight rear-drive platform and be powered by a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated gasoline unit that features in the Mazda3 where it delivers 99 hp and 111 lb-ft of torque. Whether the unit in the MX-5 will feature a higher state of tune remains to be seen, but a 2.0-liter unit is certain to accompany the SkyActiv-G engine in the lineup
The MX-5 is being developed alongside an FCA model. Initially, this was believed to be the Alfa Romeo Spyder, but it appears its sister model will in fact wear a Fiat or Abarth badge as Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne is insistent any future Alfa models are to be built in Italy. While we await that car and the 15 examples bound for NYC, check out the gallery of Miatas from the past 25 years.