By   September 4, 2014

2015 Mazda MX-5

2015 Mazda MX-5

Mazda has unveiled the much anticipated fourth generation of the MX-5 roadster. The car looks to get back to its lightweight roots while improving performance and having better styling.

The 2015 Mazda MX-5 has added technology to make for a more efficient and better performing roadster. The affordable sports car has been with us for 25 years now and it is hoping to be here another 25.

Exterior

Mazda MX-5 Rear End

The styling of the new MX-5 is very sleek and modern. The headlights look like they are squinting and they lead to a more aggressive grille. The rear end offers more style than the outgoing model with the round tail lights and integrated body contours.

It looks a bit like what one would get if a Jaguar F-Type and a Lotus Elise had a baby. This gives it styling that would look at home on a much more expensive car.

Interior

2015 Mazda MX-5 Interior

The interior of the 2015 MX-5 is a nice place to be. All the controls are positioned well and the materials have a good quality feel to them. They may not be up there with the Porsche Boxsters of the world, but they definitely compete well with cars like the Subaru BR-Z.

The inside of the small roadster is simple and modern, but with a hint of retro feel. It looks right at home in a small sports car.

Drivetrain

2015 Mazda MX-5 Drivetrain

The 2015 Mazda MX-5 retains the same front engine layout as the past generation models. The engine is placed further back in the car to allow for better weight distribution which should result in great handling as past generations enjoyed.

The official horsepower numbers have not yet been released. However, we know that the car will be available with a 1.5-liter engine that is rumored to put out 160 horsepower and a 2.0-liter engine that is rumored to put out 180 horsepower. Both engines will us Mazda’s Skyactiv technology to help them perform better and be more efficient.

The 2015 car is 220 pounds lighter than the 2014 car. This will result in a car that only weighs about 2,200 pounds. With a slight increase in power and the weigh reduction it should make for a pretty quick little roadster.

Pricing

Pricing of the 2015 Mazda MX-5 has not yet been released. Expect for it to be announced some time in early 2015.

Conclusion

2015 Mazda MX-5 Profile

The 2015 Mazda MX-5 looks like it will be a pretty hot roadster. With its lightweight design and more stylish body it will make a potential Subaru BR-Z (or Toyota GT86 or Scion FR-S) or Nissan 370Z buyer take notice.

It will continue to be a great handling sports car and with a slight increase in power and some weight reduction, it should offer a driving experience close to a Lotus Elise. Now to see if Toyota and BMW get together for a new Supra to make this market even more interesting.