Mazda MX-5 Mi­ata

Evo India - - Radar -

MAZDA'S MI­ATA HOLDS THE Guin­ness World Record for the best-sell­ing two-seater sports car in the world. The Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer has given the muchloved Mi­ata (known as the MX-5 in some mar­kets) a com­plete re­vamp, which is ex­pected to de­but at the 2014 Paris Mo­tor Show as the fourth-gen Mi­ata.

The 2015 Mi­ata holds on to the ba­sic de­sign pedi­gree of the orig­i­nal Mi­ata: light weight, sim­ple, bal­anced, en­gine in front, rear­wheel drive. Mazda's new de­sign lan­guage: ‘KODO – Soul of Mo­tion' seems to have worked out very well for the new Mi­ata.

The Mi­ata Mk4 is un­der­pinned by 'Skyactiv' tech­nol­ogy, which is Mazda's term for a plethora of ad­vanced ve­hi­cle com­po­nents that in­clude a plat­form, en­gine, trans­mis­sion, chas­sis etc. We get a more rigid and light chas­sis that meets global crash test stan­dards such as US and EuroNCAP as well as JNCAP. This has re­sulted in the 2015 model be­ing the most com­pact Mi­ata to date, and it's over 100kg lighter than the model it re­places. Ex­pected kerb weight for the soft top is just above one ton.

Mazda hasn't re­vealed any en­gine de­tails for the new car, but we ex­pect petrol-only di­rect­in­jec­tion en­gines in 1.5- and 2.0-litre guises, de­vel­op­ing 130bhp and 165bhp, re­spec­tively. The en­gines will drive the rear wheels through a six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion, though an au­to­matic op­tion is ex­pected.

In th­ese days of tiny, big-power turbo petrols, the Mi­ata's power fig­ures are pedes­trian at best. Still, be­ing lighter, smaller and more rigid, the new Mi­ata sounds like it may well be more fun than it's pre­de­ces­sors.

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