Mazda has finally unveiled the 4th generation MX-5 (ND) in simultaneous events that were held in Japan, USA and Spain.
"Innovative in order to preserve" was the slogan used for the brand-new roadster, in which Mazda stated that environmental and safety demands have become more rigid, leading the development team finding new ways in creating their car. It will be the most compact generation of the car and is also the lightest according to Mazda.
Superficially, the car is covered with the company's KODO design language; with the front-end of the MX-5 adorned with angular headlights along with its signature 'smiling' grill intake. From the side, the KODO's flowing lines continue along and accents the rear quarter section of the car with muscular arches. At the rear, the rear taillights are designed in such a way that it incorporates previous taillight designs into one. The stop light is circular in shape while the turning indicators flank near the rear quarter section of the car. The reverse lights though are placed at the lower section of the bumper.
Inside, a black interior with a contrasting red stitching blankets the seats, door trim, dashboard and center console. Splashes of aluminum decorate the gear shifter, air vents, instrument gauges, as well s the rotary controls. It has a 3-spoke steering wheel that has built-in multimedia buttons, a multimedia display at the center, and a centrally-mounted control system that can be found in other Mazda nameplates.
Mazda has not yet stated any engine specifications but it is underpinned by a Skyactiv-1 chassis, which is 100kg lighter yet stronger than previous generation platforms. The chassis will also make the engine sit near the center of the car, providing the new MX-5 a better weight distribution and lower center of gravity.
It will be sold globally at the beginning of 2015.