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by Matt Campbell

The all-new Mazda MX-5 convertible sports car will be revealed on September 4 at three simultaneous events around the world.

The unveiling will take place in Japan, the US and in Europe, and in its home country the brand will hold a Mazda Roadster Thanks Day which is “intended to express Mazda’s gratitude to all the fans that have supported the Mazda MX-5 over the past 25 years”.

At this point, no images or official specifications have been released about the new model. The fourth-gen model’s chassis has been revealed, and it appears the new model will be smaller than the car it replaces. Mazda claims it set a goal of reducing the weight of the new car by 100 kilograms compared with the current model “while still achieving the highest standards of body rigidity and collision safety performance”.

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However, it’s believed the new model will be offered with two engines – reports suggest a naturally aspirated 1.5-litre Skyactiv four-cylinder for lower models, along with a gruntier 2.0-litre Skyactiv with outputs of about 135kW and a reported performance target of 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds.

The new-generation Mazda MX-5 has been developed in conjunction with Fiat and Alfa Romeo, with the Italian branch set to offer its own version of the iconic rear-wheel-drive drop-top wearing a Fiat badge.

Stay tuned for more news on the new-generation Mazda MX-5 as it comes to hand.




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