The latest version of the world’s most popular roadster has arrived – the new MX-5 is here with a more aggressive image.
Joining Mazda’s flagship SKYACTIV fleet the new MX-5 is shorter, lower and wider than the outgoing model, giving it a more sporty, squat profile.
Up front it becomes more angular, retaining the same, smiley faced, grille, but with near triangular lights and LEDs sprouting below.
The design follows Mazda’s “Kodo” philosophy seen on the 3 and 6, but this time the softer lines have been run through the sharpener.
Along the side it retains the classic MX-5 profile before the rear gets a complete overhaul, round brake lights mould into a angular indicators.
Below the bumper grows into the more aggressive stance and a single set of twin exhausts finishes off the look.
After 947,000 worldwide sales this is probably Mazda’s most important car and the fourth-generation car will be unleashed on the world at next month’s Paris Motor Show.
Underneath it has shed 100kg over the hardly hefty predecessor, giving it a lower centre of gravity to go with the low slung look.
Inside it is very much Mazda business as usual, with everything you would expect from the modern car, infotainment screen and everything nicely angled towards the driver.
Under the bonnet it will gain a raft of petrol engines while it also becomes the first in the SKYACTIV range to be powered from the rear.
More details should emerge when the car makes it’s public debut in France.