Referred to as the “ND” by enthusiasts, the "soul of motion" design is front and center. This design aesthetic has woven through the current Mazda lineup and transformed models like the Mazda3, Mazda6, and CX-5 into works of art as well as automobiles.
That said, the MX-5 looks like it will break away from the chain just a little bit, taking on an oval grille opening that calls back to the 1989 Miata. While the design details have been sketched out, official news about the powertrain has yet to be released.
The rumor is that the powertrain will be the Mazda3's SkyActiv 1.5L engine, but specially tuned and naturally aspirated. Spy photos at the Nurburgring have been captured that place the hood a little longer than the current model, which indicated the possibility of an engine change.
And while that new powertrain has a decreased engine displacement, the weight is expected to drop by over 400 pounds compared to the current MX-5, making up for any lost power.
Drivers will find the same platform under the new Alfa Romeo, but it will have its own special engine. Both powertrains will be produced in Mazda's home in Hiroshima, but fewer than half the parts of each powertrain will be the same.
No release date has been set for the next Miata, but the 2014 Mazda MX-5 is available now, and it continues to be one of the most affordable and well-equipped small sports cars on the road today.
Drivers curious about the upcoming MX-5 Miata or interested in taking the current model for a test drive have been asked to contact Community Mazda. Their dealership is located in Tinley Park, featuring the latest Mazda vehicles, a variety of pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUVs, and convenient on-site service and maintenance six days a week.