Following Mazda’s announcement about a huge party for the MX-5 at the upcoming New York Auto Show, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the car, rumors started flying around that the all-new 2015 model might also make a guest appearance. Mazda has already confirmed a display of 15 different versions of the car at the show.
They have not, however, said anything about the 2015 Mazda MX-5 and a possible New York debut so far. Earlier reports suggested Mazda might showcase the new model’s rolling chassis at NYAS, and save the actual debut for the Chicago show, marking the debut of the original MX-5 (Miata) 25 years ago.
But now insiders have revealed to Autoweek that they are bringing along the finished product. If that’s true, we will be seeing a KODO-inspired two-seater roadster, featuring a new SKYACTIV engine. The KODO design language, inspired – and we are not making this up – by beasts and predators, will make the 2015 model the first properly manly MX-5. All the previous models had a whiff of girliness about them. Not that it matters though, as the MX-5’s biggest selling point has always been its higley entertaining drive. And that is said to be intact in the new model.
“The MX-5 Miata is the quintessential Mazda,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North America. “And after 25 years, every vehicle in the lineup continues to feature some characteristic of MX-5: a fluid shifter, lightness on its feet, quickness around a corner, a fun-to-drive DNA. With all the whiz-bang technology and comfort amenities increasingly added to modern vehicles, MX-5’s direct connection between car and driver still remains the standard feature that puts smiles on drivers’ faces.”