As reported by CarAdvice in early October (but now officially confirmed), there will be a choice of 1.5- and 2.0-litre four-cylinder SKYACTIV-G direct-injection petrol engines available for the all-new Mazda MX-5, with Australia now definite to get both engine variants when the model launches here by mid 2015.
Both engines will be offered in with six-sped manual and automatic transmissions.
The smaller 1.5-litre engine will lead a price charge for the new MX-5 that will likely see a starting price of around, or just below, $40,000.
Power and torque figures remain unconfirmed, however, we speculate that the 1.5-litre engine, which also sees use in a different state of tune in the recently launched Mazda 2 (with 81kW and 142Nm), will be around the 90-100kW mark with around 150-160Nm of torque when coupled to the MX-5.
Based on Mazda’s claims of a 100kg kerb weight drop compared with the outgoing MX-5, the power figures should see the base model MX-5 hit the 0-100km/h mark in about 7.5-8.0 seconds.
The bigger engine, which until today remained unconfirmed for Australia (with its primary market remaining North America), should see power figures close to 130kW with about 200Nm of torque to boot.
Both engines variants are longitudinally oriented and help remain true to MX-5 form by offering a two-seater body with a front-midship engine setup powering the rear wheels, while boasting a 50:50 front-rear weight distribution for ideal handling characteristics.
The introduction of the fourth-generation MX-5 pays homage to 25 years of tradition at the Japanese company, which has used its sportscar program to great success internationally.
Nonetheless, Mazda MX-5 program manager Nobuhiro Yamamoto said in a statement, that he wished to express his “gratitude and heartfelt respect to the European carmakers that originally pioneered the fun-to-drive lightweight sports car.”
The 2015 Mazda MX-5 measures 3915mm long, 1730mm wide and 1235mm high.
Do you think the 2015 Mazda MX-5 will do well priced at under $40,000 for the base model and around $50,000 for the 2.0-litre? Tell us in the comments section below.