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MIAS 2015 Preview: Mazda MX-5 to make Philippine debut

MIAS 2015 Preview: Mazda MX-5 to make Philippine debut image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Brent Co, Mazda PH | posted April 07, 2015 11:06

Mazda to present the 2016 MX-5 at the 11th Manila International Auto Show

Apart from the all-new Mazda2, the Berjaya Auto Philippines, the official distributor of Mazda in the country, will also be bringing in the much-awaited 2016 MX-5 in this year's Manila International Auto Show. First revealed simultaneously in Japan, Spain and USA back in September 2014 , the fourth-generation Mazda roadster is the most compact and lightest MX-5 according to the automaker.

Exterior-wise, Mazda has kept the distinct shape of the iconic roadster but has applied the modern shapes and curves of their Kodo design language. The front end has tapered headlights that is paired with the nameplate's 'smiling grill' while the side profile features wide wheel arches and flowing lines that run the entire length of the car.

The rear and side of the all-new Mazda MX-5

The rear section on the other hand gets a new set of taillights that was designed in such a way that it incorporates previous taillight designs into one. The stoplight is circular in shape while the turning flank near the rear quarter panels. The reverse lights were replaced on the lower section of the bumper.

The cabin gets a black interior finish and is accented by red stitching that can be seen on the seats, door trim, dashboard and center console. Aluminum bezels on the gear shifter, air vents, instrument gauges and rotary controls further spruces up the interior of the all-new MX-5.

The lineup of cars Mazda will display during the 2015 MIAS

Powering the US-bound models of the MX-5 will be the 2.0-liter inline-four SkyActiv-G engine that produces 157 PS and 200 Nm of torque which can then be mated onto a 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox. Another engine available for the all-new roadster is the smaller 1.5-liter inline-four SkyActiv-G engine that puts out 131 PS and 150 Nm of torque. It can also be mated with either a manual or automatic transmission but Mazda has yet to state on where the 1.5-liter model will be offered.

Along with the 2015 Mazda2, the next-generation MX-5 will be present during the 2015 Manila International Auto Show from April 9 – 12, 2015 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.