The original Mazda MX-5 Miata was distinguished by an oval grille – a design trait that gradually evolved into the smiling cat face on the latest model. But Mazda, according to the latest intel, is planning on returning to that oval grille with the new model in the works.

The revised grille will cap a slightly longer form than models past, while still keeping weight down to a minimum. The stretched wheelbase was reportedly adopted in order to meet the requirements of Alfa Romeo, which is jointly developing the new platform together with Mazda for use on a new roadster of its own.

The new Miata is expected to adopt the 1.5-liter Skyactiv four found in the Mazda3, albeit retuned to rev higher and deliver more power and torque, mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic. The Alfa version, meanwhile, is expected to use a 1.4-liter turbo four with a dual-clutch transmission. Sources anticipate the new MX-5 to debut first, possibly at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show a little less than a year from now.


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      Indubitably
      • 10 Months Ago
      I was really hoping for the Kodo design to make its way to the Miata. There are a couple of speculative renderings out there that look stunning with the Kodo grille.
        Indubitably
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Indubitably
        I hope it resembles something along this. http://facecarsx.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/2013-Mazda-MX-5-Reviews-600x336.jpg
        carguy1701
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Indubitably
        It will. Kodo has been very well received. Makes no sense for one product to not use it.
        Ken H.
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Indubitably
        I don't understand why they wouldn't use the Kodo design for the new Miata since it is now in every other car in their line up. The Miata would just stick out too much without it.
        gregmlr
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Indubitably
        I agree, Indubitably, the Kodo-fied Miata would look awesome. It's a shame Mazda's zoom-zoomiest model won't be getting it.
          bonehead
          • 10 Months Ago
          @gregmlr
          sadly it may not be getting the zoom zoom either if they just stick with a 1.5L 4cylinder. Sure it will be miata quick which is not a bad thing but a far cry from what is could and should be. I hope they make some special editions with decent power.
      artso06
      • 10 Months Ago
      Not sure why the 1.5 is the "expected" engine. I would guess (and hope) it would be the 2.0 motor tuned to 185+ hp. Mazda better be competitive with the brz at minimum.
        drew
        • 10 Months Ago
        @artso06
        Well, it's going to weigh 300 pounds less, so it's got some wiggle room.
      AutoVido
      • 10 Months Ago
      Hm, not sure I like the sounds of increasing the wheelbase - more weight, longer drive shaft, impact on the polar moment of inertia...
        Jim R
        • 10 Months Ago
        @AutoVido
        More legroom. You STILL can't comfortably fit in one of these cars if you're over 5'10".
          Indubitably
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Jim R
          6'1" and no problem. Perhaps you have a bit of girth on ya?
          dss10
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Jim R
          I'm 6'2 and fit in a '92(NA) just fine. I did not fit into the next version (NB) because of the way that they designed the interior and the NC was hard due to the cup holders in the door but it is livable....
          Typesbad
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Jim R
          I'm long-limbed for my 6 foot height and drove an NA daily for seven years. Miss the hell out of it too.
          drew
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Jim R
          @gary Skyactiv engines use a rather large 4-2-1 exhaust header that requires a long-hood design. See the Mazda3, Mazda6, and CX-5.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 10 Months Ago
      MZR 2.3L DISI Turbo in a Mazdaspeed version and I don't care what grille you put in it.
      Jaybird248
      • 10 Months Ago
      The more the next one looks like my '91 NA, the better I'll like it. Mazda got the Miata design right straight out of the box, then proceeded to mess it up since.
      David Pettit
      • 10 Months Ago
      It should have the 2.0 Skyactive motor for the USA IMO.
      timber
      • 10 Months Ago
      If it is all it has been said it would be (and justice to Mazda, has always been), i.e., nimble, light, fun they can put whatever type of grill they wish
      sundude
      • 10 Months Ago
      I don't know who produced that ND rendering for Motoring Australia (see http://liveimages.motoring.com.au/motoring/general/editorial/ge5399252371583832538.jpg), but I for one hope that the new Miata looks better than that.
        lyphesaparty
        • 10 Months Ago
        @sundude
        agreed, I hoped it would look a little more refined than this rendering http://media.caranddriver.com/images/12q2/463344/2014-mazda-mx-5-miata-artists-rendering-photo-463346-s-1280x782.jpg
      SethG
      • 10 Months Ago
      This is very satisfying to those of us who don't believe that a brand's "design language" doesn't need to be forced onto every car in the lineup. As good as the Kodo design is on the rest of the Mazda lineup, it's great that they recognize it doesn't need to be applied to every car. Particularly with an iconic car like the Miata. Let it stand alone.
        Feurig
        • 10 Months Ago
        @SethG
        The Kodo design is so good, I hope they aren't missing out on a fantastic looking affordable sports car because they want to harken back to the 90s. I personally think the Miata would look incredible with the Kodo design.
        Indubitably
        • 10 Months Ago
        @SethG
        Say that again to this rending. http://facecarsx.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/2013-Mazda-MX-5-Reviews-600x336.jpg
      Jim R
      • 10 Months Ago
      Longer wheelbase is good news for taller people. Now if they can make the roofline a little higher...
      Jamie Elmhirst
      • 10 Months Ago
      Rumour and conjecture aside, I think the likelihood is that we will see a version of the 2.0L SKYACTIV under the hood, at least here in North America.
        Indubitably
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Jamie Elmhirst
        Considering its a global car, different engine options just for the US is unlikely.
          drew
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Indubitably
          Since when? They've always had different engine options for Europe/Japan/US.
        carguy1701
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Jamie Elmhirst
        You think they'll put a revier version of the 2.5L in?
      • 10 Months Ago
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