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New York 2014: Skyactiv chassis to underpin next-generation Mazda MX-5

New York 2014: Skyactiv chassis to underpin next-generation Mazda MX-5 image

Text: VJ Bacungan / Photos: Newspress | posted April 21, 2014 18:07

New frame 100 kg lighter than previous model's

Mazda has unveiled the upcoming, fourth-generation MX-5's chassis at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

The Japanese car maker said in a press release that the Skyactiv-1 chassis will be stronger, weigh 100 kg less than the previous model’s frame and will be the first time that Skyactiv technology would be used in a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive Mazda.

"This SKYACTIV-CHASSIS expresses a deep-dive chronicle - complete with beginning, middle and conclusion – of the passion, challenges and triumphs being poured into the next-generation MX-5 Miata," said Robert Davis, senior vice president for U.S. Operations at Mazda North American Operations.

The company said the new frame would "bring the engine closer to the vehicle's center, a center of gravity which itself is lower than that of any previous generation."

It also said the next-generation MX-5 is a further evolution of the 'Jinba Ittai' signature – or the oneness between a car and its driver.

More information on the upcoming MX-5 will be announced closer to the vehicle’s launch sometime in 2015.