The wait is over for the world's legion of Mazda Miata/MX-5 fans. The long-awaited fourth-generation MX-5 has finally been revealed to media and fans at events held simultaneously in Japan, Spain and the USA.
Officially known as the MX-5 in North America and most other markets, it's still affectionately referred with its original Miata moniker by many fans and it's called the Roadster in Japan.
Designed in tune with Mazda's back-to-basics SkyActiv philosophy, the company says the new model is the most compact of any generation MX-5 so far. It's more than 100 kilograms lighter than the model it replaces, 105 mm shorter in overall length, 20 mm lower and 10 mm wider and it rides on a wheelbase that is 15 mm shorter.
Visibility is said to be improved by a lower hood line and thinner A-pillars and windshield header.
Powerplant details have yet to be revealed, beyond
The new rear-wheel-drive chassis, which was previewed at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, features double-wishbone front suspension and a multi-link indepemdent rear.
It's a formula that has made the Mazda MX-5 the world's best-selling two-seat sports car, with more than 940,000 units sold through the first three generations.
The fourth-generation model appears poised to continue that legacy. Sales will begin in markets around the world starting in 2015.