Mazda MX-5 2015: everything you need to know

2 Oct, 2014 9:00am Jonathan Burn

The new Mazda MX-5 2015 has been revealed! We've got the latest pics from Paris

The world’s most popular roadster, the Mazda MX-5, has a whole new look. After 25 years and close to 1 million sales worldwide, the new fourth-generation 2014 Mazda MX-5 (known as the Mazda Miata in the US) has finally been revealed. Shorter, lower and wider than the current model, the new drop top has shed over 100kg in weight and has debuted at the Paris Motor Show

The MX-5 will go on sale in the UK in summer 2015 at a starting price expected to be in the region of £20,000, that's similar to the outgoing car. 

Paris Motor Show 2014

Unveiled at synchronized events in Spain, Japan and North America, the new MX-5 has been penned using the same Kodo design language as both the Mazda 3 and Mazda 6. Unlike the saloons, which have softer lines, the MX-5 has an added depth of aggression, with sharp cascading lines and flared panels. Narrow LED headlights rest under pronounced front haunches, while deep-set daytime running lights give the car a prominent front end.

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Round the back, bulging arches spill over the rear wheels, with the rising shoulder line which kicks up at rear of the cockpit giving a bolder stance.

The latest iteration of the MX-5 bucks the trend of new models gaining ever-increasing proportions. In comparison to the past three generations, this latest MX-5 has the smallest footprint of the lot, measuring in at 105mm shorter, 20mm lower but 10mm wider than the outgoing model. The wheelbase has also been reduced by 15mm as well as front and rear overhangs cut by 90mm.

New Mazda MX-5 interior

The cabin is a more familiar story. Most features and tech have been lifted straight from the Mazda 3, so the floating infotainment system and swivel wheel control are nothing new, but it's still a beautifully finished and driver-focused cabin. The bonnet has been lowered, and the A-pillars and windscreen have been moved rearward and made thinner to give a better view of the road ahead. Headrest speakers are a new feature, however.

Mazda MX-5 2015: technology

Underpinning the fourth-generation MX-5 will be a whole host of new SKYACTIV technology, which was revealed earlier in the year at the New York Motor Show. The backbone of the new model is a lightweight SKYACTIV-chassis which contributes considerably to the 100kg weight saving.

Soft-top models are expected to weigh less than 1,050kg. The new running gear has also allowed Mazda to position the engine behind the front axle and closer to the car’s centre than ever before. All of these factors lower the centre and gravity, which should improve handling.

New lightweight but rigid suspension will also be fitted, which features a double-wishbone setup at the front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear. The brakes are also new and have been uprated to produce greater stopping power. 

New Mazda MX-5 engines

Engines options remain unconfirmed at this stage but we understand 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engines featuring the latest SKYACTIV technology will be offered – developing around 130bhp and 165bhp respectively. We do know a six-speed manual gearbox will fitted as standard, with an auto available as an option.   

Rumors have also been circulating that Mazda is considering fitting the MX-5 with a diesel engine for the first time, but as yet nothing has been confirmed. It’s a similar situation with a potent high-performance version of the MX-5, however, Mazda’s primary focus at the moment revolves around weight saving and reducing CO2 emissions. 

Following its debut at the Paris Motor Show, the new MX-5 should arrive in the UK in late summer 2015. Prices are expected to hover around the current model’s entry-level £20,000 asking price.

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A good move for Mazda, small capacity turbo engines. Fuel efficiency should be greatly improved, and shedding 100kg is only going to accentuate efficiency, handling and straight line performance. The only issue would be the slight lag in initial throttle response.

The MX5 desperately needs to achieve better fuel efficiency without loosing its fun factor if its to survive into the future. Nobody wants a car that realistically gives 30+ mpg in today's climate of increasing fuel costs.

I run a Mk1 MX-5 as a weekend car and love it to bits and I am keenly awaiting the new one - but if they fit that grill and heavy-looking body, I'll be more inclined to buy the Alfa.

The current models all achieve 30+ MPG....mine is the best part of 40MPG...

Saw the new front end and bought a 2013 Club model before they ruin the car.

This is an old Photochop from months ago. When they say "Exclusive" image, what they meant to say is "found by our graphics intern". Should've gone with this image: attachment.php

If it really looks that hideous, then I won't be getting one. Sports cars should have low front profiles and not look like American trucks. In almost all other respects it would be my ideal car. So I guess it's time for a GT86. Plus a turbo is a bad idea and the wheels need more rubber on them to survive in the UK.

The title of this article is misleading as the 2014 MX5 is already out. Check Autotrader and you will find many dealers with the 2014 MX-5 already on lot. This article is about the 2015 MX5, not the 2014.

30 or 40mpg is pretty poor for such a small roadster, lets see some innovation.

It won't be a turbo or a high strung version of the S2000, but I expect that MPG will be enhanced. My old 93 1.6L delivers 28-30 in town and 37-40(US gallons) on the hiway and I'm perfectly satisfied with the Torque and Hp on the street.

If I want blistering performance, I trailer my Sevenesque style roadster to the track and its LS376 with 530Hp delivers it in abundance.

If you want more MPG then buy a Prius. This is a sports car.

You said 30 + MPG which they all do. Furthermore, at least they actually are on or in some cases above claimed figures.

Some new cars are so far off the mark in relation to MPG it is an actual joke.

Oh and just to further add if you want a boring 1 litre turbo engine get something else. Or some serious MPG buy a boring diesel.

The whole point of the MX5 and it's brilliance is it's smooth NA MZR engine allowing brilliant throttle control with little brake intervention down sweeping A/ B roads where it really shows many modern cars two fingers.

If anything Mazda will put a Skyactiv engine in there allowing the the MPG to improve, but ultimately you are still buying a form of sports car...MPG will never ever be top of that list nor practicality. The ultimate thing and the real mark of the MX-5 is just simple plain old FUN.

Do you have clue that Mazda is a sports car and not a fuel saver car? I agree with someone here you better look at Prius and not sports roadster that is built more for performance car. BTW I compete with old Miata that was modified. Its mileage at competition is barely 15mpg and 25mpg on highways plus it takes only premium fuel as timing is changed. It is just you asked for Porsche... but fuel saving one.

The opposite of lipstick on a pig springs to mind. That really is one horrible front end. Strayed further from the beautiful Lotus Elan clone original. Hideous. Alfa will clean up.

This is an excellent example of how an original design evolves into a complete mess. The Mark 1 was without doubt the best looking version and all later versions gradually got worse and worse. This has happened time and time again.Example- the first E-Type was the best, the later ones were watered down versions of the original.

"Poor mileage" is also a matter of opinion.

The headline is very misleading - the pictures are of a test mule. There is no release date mentioned (other than being sometime in 2015), and the price statement is "don't expect too much movement from the current MX-5's price of around £20,000." Give me a break!

So they want to appeal to the "young" drivers who can't afford the insurance, let alone the car..! Doh