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Next-generation Mazda MX-5 rendered

Crystal ball: Digital image by Luc Britten.

Mazda's new MX-5 remains under wraps, but it could look like this...

Mazda logo22 Apr 2014

By MIKE COSTELLO

MAZDA used last week’s New York motor show to reveal the underpinnings of its eagerly-awaited next-generation 2015 MX-5 convertible, set for launch 26 years after its 1989 predecessor started a revolution in the affordable sportscar market.

The lightweight rolling architecture revealed in the Big Apple showed the next iteration of the iconic model would feature 50:50 weight distribution and, thanks to modern construction techniques, lose significant weight and potentially come in at under 1000kg.

It is also known that one, or perhaps two, small-capacity but high-compression four-cylinder engines from Mazda’s SkyActiv family will feature under the bonnet of the car, which incidentally can be expected to cost less than the current version that scrapes in below $50k before on-road costs.

BUT, one thing Mazda did not reveal was the next-generation model’s styling. However, we’ve made an educated guess, based on what we have learned so far. This image is a digital rendering, and by no means official, but we want to share our take with you.

We wonder how close to the mark we are…

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