2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Debuts September 3

Bunker Bradley

Mark your calendar now: the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be revealed Wednesday, September 3 at an event in Monterey, California. That's the key news from a new Mazda teaser video called, “#LongLiveTheRoadster.”

“We're excited to make this official, to announce that the newest member of the MX-5 Miata family will be arriving soon,” Mazda North American Operations CEO Jim O' Sullivan said in a statement. “Along with our colleagues around the world, we continue to celebrate the MX-5's 25th anniversary and look forward to sharing even more news in the near future.”

The short video doesn't reveal anything new about the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, aside from promising that, “It's not an evolution, it's a revolution.” The buzzy note of a sports-car engine plays in the background, but the only imagery shown is the view of a curving mountain road.

As we revealed in our August 2014 issue, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will most likely look like these renderings. Although pedestrian-protection safety regulations preclude pop-up headlights, in other respects the new Miata will have similar lines and proportions to the first-generation car. The car will grow slightly in width and length compared to today's NC-generation Miata, and may be a little lower overall for a sportier look. As our earlier spy photos revealed, the 2016 car will use four-lug wheel hubs compared to the five-lug design of the current Miata.

The aluminum-intensive chassis shown at the 2014 New York auto show will help the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata shed about 220 pounds compared to today's car, so we expect the curb weight of a base model with a soft top to run around 2260 pounds. That means the car doesn't need an extremely powerful engine, so it's possible a version of the 2.0-liter SkyActiv inline-four from the Mazda 3 will find its way into the Miata. The current NC-generation Miata's non-SkyActiv 2.0-liter engine makes 167 hp, and the reduced weight of the 2016 car means the new engine probably doesn't need much more power than that. A six-speed manual transmission should finally become standard (a five-speed manual is currently still offered on base models), helping improve the Miata's fuel economy as Mazda endeavors to improve its all-important Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) numbers.

After the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata goes on sale next spring, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles still plans to build and sell its own version. While that model was originally expected to be badged an Alfa Romeo Spider, it now most likely will be sold as a Fiat Abarth.

Take a look at the teaser video below, then mark your calendar to come back on September 3 for full details on the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Kenneth Herbert
I'm very impressed with Mazda's level of secrecy. They are less than two months away from revealing what is arguably their most anticipated new car in many years, yet we don't have a single spy shot of the design. I hope the car is worth their very impressive effort of secrecy.
Tim Lucas
I hope it doesn't look like that!
Ahmet Süheyl Balçik
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Vasani Nitesh
Mazda Miata cant wait to see it...http://www.worldofautomobile.com
Krishan Nandan Sharma
exited to c its new features
Umair Khalid
CR-Z had a baby?
John Koniak
If it looks like this, not so much. Honda did it better with the S2000.
Samuel Rivard
shut up guys, it's really better than any other MX5 i've seen on the road.
Francisco Jaropojop Jr.
Just change the styling into kodo design
Lee Klein
Hasn't even crossed my mind.
Lee Klein
Interesting suspicion.
Robert May
3 problems: longer, wider, and that styling.
Cameron Cradic
This is setting up low expectations. Deliberate??
Boogie Chisel'd Back Boogs
No Jason your subaru is weak. Same motor for 8 years that blow up at 88k lol
Erica Bonomi
Sure am!!!
Stephen Cottone
Sounds like forced induction from the video to me. Very nice!!
Matt Carter
Just another sketch....
Jacques René Delange
Ugly Mazda 5
Ariane Frederick
Joel Fauroux
O'Pern Manoleehakun
Oh nooo wayyy
Jason Peck
No, its weak.
Toshiya Mori
Damn sure that Mazda design team will do much better job than this.
Jaspher Balboa
May be... :)
Jose Juan Morales
Yes! Would love to have one
Kenneth Herbert
Let's hope so, although I thought some artists did a better sketch of the 3 than the actual 3. For example, I prefer this http://www.corksport.com/blog/2015-mazda-3-coming-soon/ to the current 3. I know looks are subjective, but I know a lot of people posted the same. 

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