If there’s one thing we love about the Mazda MX-5, is that it represents the pinnacle of pure, unadulterated driving pleasure. Since its original debut back in 1989, the MX-5 (then Miata) has become a cult classic sportscar — and for good reason.
Now, the aging MX-5 is ready for a full overhaul, and it will get one with a little help from Alfa Romeo. Sporting a full makeover with “very clean and simple” lines, Mazda’s latest and greatest roadster will be making its world debut at this year’s Chicago Auto Show, according to Autocar.
As of now, there’s not a whole lot of official details to work with. Rumors suggest that while Mazda may be unable to reach to its 2,200-pound target weight, the MX-5 is slimming up, weighing in at about 2,420 pounds. This lightweight chassis will likely be paired to 1.5- and 2.0-liter naturally aspirated Skyactiv engines.
With both of these new Skyactiv engines, the MX-5 could see a 30-percent increase in fuel economy when it hits showrooms in 2015. Expect the new MX-5 to make its debut in Chicago (press days are February 6-7) with an Alfa Romeo sibling coming at a later date.
We got in touch with Tom McDonald of Mazda who promptly dismissed rumors of a new MX-5 in Chicago:
“We wish it were true, but we are not planning any unveiling next month at the Chicago Auto Show.”
Well, so much for that.