New Mazda MX-5 unveiled

Mazda MX-5

Mazda MX-5- Click for hi-res image

The Mazda MX-5 is the world’s bestselling two-seater roadster and now it has been reinvented to help push the impressive car on to further success.

This is the fourth generation of the MX-5 which will make its official debut at next month’s Paris Motor Show and Mazda have added cutting edge technology to its charm.

The cabin remains snug yet comfortable and there are some modern touches such as a smart phone connectivity system and lots of active safety technology to help keep the occupants safe on the road.

Power and style for the Mazda MX-5

Under the bonnet, there are economical Skyactiv-G petrol engines that deliver lots of power to the rear wheels though there’s no confirmation yet as to which engines will be used but expect Mazda to install 1.5 litre and 2.0 litre petrol engines which will be powerful and economical.

In addition, the redesigned chassis helps deliver agility and an exhilarating performance.

Launched 25 years ago, the all-new Mazda MX-5 is still one of the best priced two-seater roadsters available which offers reliability and charm in equal measure.

Mazda MX-5 is the world’s best-selling roadster

In that time, the MX-5 has managed to notch up nearly 1,000,000 sales and the new model is nearly 100kg lighter than the version it replaces.

Mazda has decided not to follow the same styling language it is used in the excellent Mazda3 and Mazda6 and opted for sharper lines and flared panels.

The daytime LED running lights also help bring attention to the car’s prominent nose while the rear arches hang over the rear wheels to help giving a more aggressive-looking stance.

And unlike other carmakers, this new model defies the trend to make their new cars larger and instead the MX-5 has a smaller footprint than previous versions.

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In the cockpit, there’s a lot of familiar kit found in the Mazda3 such as the swivel wheel control and floating infotainment system but the overall quality is impressive and it is still a cabin designed for drivers.

The driving position is uncluttered, the bonnet is lower and the windscreen and A pillars have been moved rearward and made thinner too.

With the roof down, owners may enjoy a new feature of having speakers in the headrest.

Among the new safety features are new brakes which have improved stopping abilities and there’s a new lightweight suspension to help deliver a smooth ride.

The Mazda MX-5 will impress and it goes on sale early next year with prices expected to start at £20,000 which is a similar pricing to the current model.

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