2015 Mazda MX-5 Unveiled
The Mazda MX-5 is one of the few remaining affordable rear-wheel-drive sports cars on the market today. Highly regarded for offering a sublime driving experience, the little Japanese roadster has always been special, capturing hearts of those whose pockets aren’t lined with gold all over the globe. With the announcement of the next generation model, came excitement levels that grew exponentially on a daily basis and a plethora of renderings that tried to capture what the little Jap would look like before it was finally unveiled. However, when Mazda finally took the wraps off the fourth generation MX-5 to an exclusive bunch of folks in Barcelona, we were left speechless and a little disappointed, too.
Logging onto the World Wide Web and following the launch through every step, we were convinced the car that sat itself on that very stage wasn’t the 2015 Mazda MX-5; it couldn’t be. Most automotive designs progress forward, improving on their current form, but compared to the third generation model, it is clear that the fourth generation model hasn’t progressed, but regressed. With a protruding monumental grille up front, it resembles Kathy Beth Terry quite strongly, and unfortunately, the circular tail lamps and character free bodywork don’t exactly help its case.
Omitting its outer appearance from the equation (as hard as it may be to do so), improvements have definitely been carried out where they truly matter. Equipped with Mazda’s SKYACTIV-G petrol engines, the 2015 Mazda MX-5 is expected to feature a 1.5 litre and a 2.0 litre engine, both of which are direct-injection petrol engines positioned longitudinally. Mated to a six speed manual transmission as standard, the 2015 Mazda MX-5 is the very first rear wheel drive vehicle to be based on the SKYACTIV-Chassis. Weighing 100kg less than the outgoing model and with the lowest-ever centre of gravity, the new edition of Mazda’s iconic roadster enhances the Jinba Ittai “rider-and-horse-as one” responsiveness and agility that has always made the MX-5 the essence of driving fun.
“Mazda’s current win streak is driven by our highly acclaimed new models, and the all-new MX-5 should only add fuel to the growth engine,” says Mazda Motor Europe President and CEO Jeff Guyton. “Built for the love of driving, this car underscores what Mazda is all about. It will certainly give our brand an added boost.”