Chicago 2015: Mazda shows accessorized MX-5, reveals engine specs

Chicago 2015: Mazda shows accessorized MX-5, reveals engine specs image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Newspress USA | posted February 13, 2015 11:31

US-spec MX-5 2.0-liter SkyActiv engine performance figures revealed

Mazda spruces up the all-new MX-5 by bringing a unique accessories design concept of the car during the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The concept itself previews a personalization program that the company plans to introduce when the 2016 MX-5 hits US showrooms this summer.

"The MX-5 is the soul of our company, and its enthusiast following both inside and outside of Mazda drives us to keep innovating new ideas for it and the rest of our lineup,” said Jim O'Sullivan, President and CEO, Mazda North American Operations.

The rear of the Mazda MX-5 design accessories concept

Painted in Ceramic Metallic, the MX-5 design accessories concept features a body kit, 17-inch BBS alloy wheels wrapped in 205/45/R17 tires, a Brembo braking system and a lightweight carbon fiber luggage rack that can be mounted on the trunk.

The body kit itself is the same one found on the 2016 MX-5 Global Cup Car and consist of a front air dam, extended side sills, a rear bumper skirt and a rear lip spoiler.

The interior of the Mazda MX-5 accessories design concept

“For our next-generation MX-5, our designers and engineers obsessively focused on heightening the joy that comes with driving our signature sports car. The concept parts and accessories we have showcased at the Chicago Auto Show were developed to give customers a look at what is possible for the new cars to make them truly one-of-a-kind, adding to that excitement,” added O'Sullivan.

Powering the US-bound MX-5s will be the 2.0-liter inline-four SkyActiv engine that generates 157 PS and 200 Nm of torque. Mazda added that the engine can either be mated to a 6-speed automatic or manual gearbox. Another available engine is the 1.5-liter inline-four SkyActiv unit that produces 131 PS and 150 Nm of torque though the Japanese automaker has not revealed which markets it will be offered in.