All-New 2016 Mazda MX-5 Will Debut in September

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What's the difference between a Mazda MX-5 and the principal's office? It's less embarrassing if your friends see you leaving the principal's office. OK, it's a really bad joke, but it reflects what most non Mazda owners thing of the little sportscar. And yet it's still one of the most pure, unaltered roadsters on the road that you can actually enjoy cheaply. And now, there's a new one coming.
Mazda USA officially announced the all-new 2016 MX-5 will be revealed on September 3rd via a Twitter post. There's no information about the car yet, but we do at least know it should go on sale next summer, since that's when 2016 model year cars come along.

The new Skyactiv chassis for the car was unveiled during the New York Auto Show a few months ago. It's built using the same lightweight philosophy that makes the Mazda3 and 6 good and should drop about 100 kg (220 lbs).

Prototypes have been seen testing for about a year now. But since they were test mules based on the current generation, Mazda has managed to keep us in the dark about its design. The MX-5 is expected to adopt the same serious look as all the other cars launched by the Japanese automaker. However, the KODO Soul in Motion design language could evolve in new directions.

A different press statement from Mazda Global also released today says that the new MX-5 "will be unveiled simultaneously in three different global locations - Japan, USA and Europe - on September 4, 2014," a day later than the Twitter post suggests. This could all be down to a difference between timelines and frankly, as long as the new car is just around the corner, we're happy campers.

Launched in 1989, the MX-5 is the best-selling two-seat convertible sports car in history. Its current (third) generation dates back to 2005 and is offered with a choice of either 1.8- or 2-liter naturally aspirated engines. It's also the first to be offered with a folding metal roof option, a feature were eager to see being kept by its replacement.

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