The all-new Mazda MX-5 will cost from $31,990 plus on-road costs when it goes on sale in August.
The pricing makes Mazda’s fourth-generation ‘ND’ roadster more than $15,000 cheaper than its predecessor, which was priced from $47,280.
It also makes the 2016 Mazda MX-5 just $2000 more expensive than the original MX-5 that launched in Australia 26 years ago.
The pricing applies to the entry-level MX-5 Roadster, which will be powered by a 96kW/150Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and paired with a six-speed manual transmission.
The 1.5-litre engine will also be available with a six-speed automatic transmission (likely adding about $2000 to the price) as well as in high-grade Roadster GT specification.
A more powerful 116kW/200Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine will become available in the new Mazda MX-5 range later in the year.
Full pricing and specification details are expected to be announced closer to the car’s local launch.
Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders said the impending release of the fourth-generation MX-5 is “in many ways the rebirth of an icon”.
“For those that know, love or own an MX-5, the arrival of an all-new model is always cause for excitement,” Benders said.
“We believe that the sharp entry pricing for the new ND will inspire a new generation of younger MX-5 buyers to experience the freedom and enjoyment of open-top motoring.”
The new Mazda MX-5 weighs as little as 1009kg, making it 91kg lighter than its predecessor, and only 59kg heavier than the original NA-generation roadster.
Mazda Australia has taken more than 16,000 registrations of interest for the new MX-5 as part of a long-running promotional campaign.
Mazda released photos of the first MX-5s destined for our market rolling down the production line last week, confirming everything is on track for the vehicles to arrive in local showrooms by the middle of August.