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2017 Mazda MX-5: Is it Possible?

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On: Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 11:12AM | By: Jai Colvin

2017 Mazda MX-5: Is it Possible?

In 1989 the Mazda MX-5 wowed the folks at the Chi-Town Auto Show. A small, light-weight roadster with minimal mechanical complexity, the Miata replaced the Triumph Spitfire as the small roaster to have. Today, there is still a solid following for the Miata which is why it is not shocking that Mazda is rumored to be taking the car to the next level in 2017.

The first-gen MX-5 had been made specifically for the car connoisseur. As a specialty vehicle the MX-5 found its way in to the hands of folks who were looking more for sport than economy. This next generation Miata has been the subject of a lot of talk and, if the rumors are to be believed, it will take into consideration both its traditional sport take as well as being more economical in general.

The 2017 Miata details have started to emerge. If this rumor proves to be true, the MX-5 should have some of the staples of the original. According to recent press releases, design-wise, the vehicles should be identical with the exception of a BMW Z4-like roof and a revised trunk lid. Experts predict that the 2017 version will be smaller than the 25-year-old original. The 2017 Miata is rumored to be just 12.8 ft. long; it's a full three-quarters of a foot shorter than the current NC-series and 1.3 inches shorter than the NA, although it's just over two inches wider and almost two inches longer in wheel base.

Sources have revealed that the new MX-5 will weigh in at 2249 pounds, meaning Mazda will achieve its stated goal of reducing weight by as much as 132 pounds; they will do so through a greater use of aluminum.

There are also some additions of more safety and convenience features, including Mazda’s MZD Connect infotainment technologies, including a seven-inch color touch-screen with Bluetooth connectivity and sat-nav, speakers in the head restraints, and LED lights all round.

Industry experts say that the MX-5 will offer a 1.5-litre SKYACTIV four-cylinder petrol engine producing 129 hp. A torque figure for the new MX-5's downsized engine remains a big secret, but it should produce more than the 193hp delivered by the highest-output Asian-spec version of the same engine. A repositioned drivetrain will deliver better weight balance and improved handling dynamics, giving drivers a better driving experience. As expected, there will be a larger 2.0-litre SKYACTIV engine offered, but the launch of the initial 1.5-litre MX-5 is what to look for first.

Finally, the outside of the new MX-5 will offer all the bells and whistles rumored, including a retracting hard-top roof, which will also bring more weight. We can’t wait to see beyond the drawing board on this one; it should be a fun vehicle to drive.


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