2009 Mazda MX-5 to make North American debut in Chicago

Tom Ludwick
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While the Euro-spec version of the 2009 Mazda MX-5 was shown at the 2008 Paris auto show, we've been patiently waiting for our version to come across the pond. Although we originally expected the new Miata to appear in Detroit, Mazda has announced that the roadster's official North American debut will take place at the Chicago Auto Show.

Most notable of the changes for 2009 is the revised styling. The frontend now shows more resemblance to the RX-8. The facelift includes new fascias, headlights, and taillights.

Power is up to 167 hp from 158 in the 2008 model. Mazda has also retuned the suspension to make the MX-5 more fun in the twisties. The new roadster will now offer new interior and exterior colors as well as new option packages. Unfortunately, the company didn't confirm whether we would get the R3 performance package option like Japanese and Euro models.

The 2009 model marks the 20th anniversary of the world's best-selling roadster. Since the car was launched in 1989, more than 800,000 models have been sold around the world. The 2009 Mazda MX-5 will go on display at the Chicago Auto Show which opens to the public on February 13.

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