Presenting the 2016 Mazda MX-5

After months and months of speculation and plenty of renderings, Mazda has finally revealed the 2016 MX-5 in all its roadster glory. As many already know, Mazda repeatedly stated it had a goal of returning the MX-5 to its lightweight roots that began with the original in 1989. Its two subsequent successors became slightly larger and heavier. That all ends. The all-new MX-5 adapts both SkyActiv Technology as well as the latest evolution of Mazda’s Kodo-Soul design language.

Its exact weight wasn’t revealed, but as I’ve previously reported, a good guess would be around 2,200 lbs. – some 220 lbs. lighter than the outgoing model. The Japanese automaker also hasn’t announced, surprisingly, the engine lineup.

More than likely we can expect to see a choice of two new direct-injection engines: a 1.5- and 2.0-liter. The former may only be for European and Asian buyers, but the US will very likely receive the 2.0. Rear-wheel-drive, of course, is standard, as is a six-speed manual. No word yet on the optional automatic gearbox. Design wise, I'm sure there’ll be some who don’t like it, but I happen to love it. This new MX-5 is lower, wider and meaner looking than before. Mazda says that it’s "the most compact of any generation MX-5 so far." For now I have official photos and the reveal video to share with you, but let me know your thoughts about the new MX-5 in the comments section.