The name of the game for the 2015 Mazda MX-5 is weight loss and a smaller size similar to the original 1989 Miata.
Due to arrive in 2015, the next-generation Mazda MX-5 has been in advanced development for some time. Unlike each previous generation, which was heavier and slightly bigger than its immediate predecessor, the new MX-5 will be smaller and lighter. The whole philosophy at Mazda is to return the iconic roadster to its back-to-basics roots by cutting as much as possible to bring it in line with the first-gen model.
The latest report is claiming the new MX-5 will weigh around 220 lbs. less than the current car, which tips the scales at just 2,447 lbs when equipped with a six-speed manual and a soft top. Size wise, the new MX-5 will also be shorter, but its wheelbase will remain the same as it is now. Expect to see the exterior to feature the Kodo design language that’s been so brilliantly executed with the new Mazda3, 6 and CX-5. But perhaps the biggest news we’re waiting to hear will be what’s under the hood. Although Mazda is remaining quiet on the subject, it’s been speculated that power will come from a new turbocharged 1.3-liter four instead of the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four that’s in place today.