Let's not understate the significance and difficulty of what's been accomplished here. In this ever-connected, constantly surveilled modern auto industry, Mazda has pulled a coup – it's kept a new vehicle under wraps. Yes, we've seen hacked up and camouflaged mules and maybe a form under a sheet, but Mazda is about to reveal its next-generation MX-5 Miata, and the car – let alone its specifications – hasn't been leaked anywhere yet. Not via clandestine camera phone snapshot, not by patent drawing, not by leaked ad copy, not even by diecast model. Believe us, we've looked.
And this isn't just some humdrum crossover or workaday compact, it's the Miata, the world's most popular roadster, apple of the enthusiast community's eye and seeming center of gravity for the Japanese automaker. For those who are genuinely excited about cars – about motoring – this is an impressive feat. If anything, Mazda's radio silence regarding the fourth-generation ND Miata has only served to heighten our anticipation for a model that probably won't reach showrooms for another year.

So, what's true and what's false among all the rumors? Will the already lightweight Miata really shed hundreds of pounds? What exactly will live under hood and drive those rear wheels?

Let's all tune in to the car's live global reveal and find out. It's being staged simultaneously in Monterey, CA, Tokyo and Barcelona. It starts at 6:00 PM Pacific (9:00 PM Eastern), and Autoblog will be on hand in the Golden State with all the pomp, circumstance, and Duran Duran that you can handle, ready to delivery further analysis and images. Check back with us later this evening, and if you can't wait that long, keep an eye on Twitter – follow @therealautoblog for the very latest out of Monterey.


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      Jason Allen
      • 3 Months Ago

      Who is the imbecile in the production booth not showing the damn front of the car!

        RedBarchetta
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Jason Allen

        Terrible reveal, I agree.

        Watch the simultaneous Japanese UStream reveal (Mazda Roadster Thanks Day in Japan). You actually get a proper view of the car and its interior.

      Andre Neves
      • 3 Months Ago

      Reveal: side shot, talking, side shot, more talking, "and here is Duran Duran ladies and gentlemen!"


      Dbags.


      Car looks great though.

      19nomad56
      • 3 Months Ago

      I like it. Kinda reminds me a little of the Jaguar F Type.

      RWD
      • 3 Months Ago

      This is a Duran Duran concert with the profile of the next MX-5 in the shot. Front? Rear? Details? Specs?


      This is stupid and disappointing so far. I'll have to wait for people in the audience to post photos, so I can actually see the damn car!

      Chris Barbieri
      • 3 Months Ago

      Dang, I'm not even a Miata fan, per se, but I must say I'm hooked, and have been checking the web since since 6 this morning. 

      When looking back on the 2014 Corvette and 2015 Mustang reveals, I'm pretty impressed that they've been able to keep this car under wraps the whole time, no revealing test mules, or "leaks". 

      bleexeo
      • 3 Months Ago

      The car should be on a rotating turntable.

      Morons.

      Chase
      • 3 Months Ago

      Last phrase that came out was "I dragged that on as long as I could". The production company responsible for this webcast needs to find a different business to be in. 

      Samuel
      • 3 Months Ago

      WTF!!!  I don't care about the band.... pics of the car please! and not just side view, cuz right now I'm highly not pleased at what I'm looking at.

      spin9k
      • 3 Months Ago

      The absolute worst reveal in automotive history! Heads need to roll, marketers need to be fired, (update) the cameraman was in attendance but failed to wake up during the MTV award show. I think they actually had no car, just a shell, not details, no engine, no almost anything. What a joke.


      barkeep
      • 3 Months Ago

      The music leading up to the reveal is pretty intense right now.

      Winnie Jenkems
      • 3 Months Ago

      It looks better than the current model, but I would have preferred more Kodo.

      malgu
      • 3 Months Ago

      Still can't get a good shot of the front but I see they added the floating nav like the CLA

        dqniel
        • 3 Months Ago
        @malgu

        http://www.trbimg.com/img-5407ae62/turbine/la-fi-hy-autos-2016-mazda-mx5-miata-photos-201-005/2048/16x9

          superlightv12
          • 3 Months Ago
          @dqniel

          Wow. Big change in the front end. I like it. The only issue with the MX-5 before was that it was kind of bland. This changes that considerably.

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