2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata teaser
There's less than a month to go before the unveiling of the all-new, fourth-generation 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, so let the teasing begin.
This image dug up by World Car Fans and purported to be an official teaser confirms little other than that new Miata will have four wheels, but it should fuel fan speculation through the weeks leading up to the car's September 3 reveal.
When the sheet is removed, it will reportedly reveal a Miata with radically different styling. The new car is expected to adopt the 'Kodo' design language seen on other current Mazda models, giving it a much more expressive look and ending the trend of evolutionary styling seen in the previous three generations.
While the bodywork hasn't seen the light of day yet, the chassis has. Mazda unveiled the 2016 Miata's SkyActiv chassis back in April at the 2014 New York Auto Show. Thanks to redesigned suspension and joining techniques, the lightened chassis is expected to shave 220 pounds, but will still be more rigid than the current Miata's structure.
Engine choices are expected to include 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter units, both using Mazda's Skyactiv technology for added efficiency. Preliminary estimates for the 2.0-liter engine include an output of 180 horsepower and a 0-62 mph time of around 6.5 seconds.
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be unveiled September 3, making for a very appropriate celebration of the Miata's 25th anniversary this year. The car will debut simultaneously in Europe, Japan, and the U.S. An appearance at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October will likely follow, with U.S. sales starting sometime next year.