Twenty-six years after it was introduced at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, the much anticipated fourth generation Mazda MX-5 Miata will meet the press at the 2015 Chicago show. A piece in Autocar refines some of the details on the larger, lighter Miata that a Mazda insider has said will be "our best-looking car ever."

The company has relented on the quest for the metric tonne, the 1000-kilogram (2,200-pound) target too difficult to achieve in light of cost constraints. You can still expect it to lose a generous dollop of weight - Autocar says a curb weight of 1,100 kg (2,420 pounds) will still make it the lightest in its class. And Mazda will be stressing a fun driving experience through light weight and a modest amount of naturally-aspirated horsepower. Engine capacities of 1.5 and 2.0 liters are expected. Sounds familiar (and good), right?

The Miata's interpretation of Kodo design will veer from that found on the Mazda3 and Mazda6, with "very clean and simple" lines marking out "more muscular proportions" and elongated bodywork on a longer wheelbase. A stretched engine bay will make room for the current Skyactiv engine and perhaps the future Skyactiv 2 powerplants, initial reports suggesting there could be a 30-percent increase in fuel economy from the moment it arrives.

Two flavors of top-down operation will continue, those being the soft- and folding hardtop. That next iteration of the hardtop will reportedly lose weight and take up less space, making for a bigger bit of space in the trunk. The next Miata will go on sale in 2015, supposedly joined at some point by the Alfa Romeo brother it will share a platform with.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Bass-ic Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Loved my '92. It was a base model with NO options. No power windows, no power locks, NO POWER STEERING. That's right. It was just a car. I upgraded the speakers--there were exactly TWO. Seriously, that was probably the last pure sports car.
      Sean Conrad
      • 1 Year Ago
      Damn... that means it'll probably be a 2016. Not that I'm in any position to get it, I just want to see it and dream about having it!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Miata enthusiasts please also look for the Mazda 25th anniversary celebration at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, CA this September 5-6. Mazda will most likely be bringing the new MX-5 out to play that weekend and will also be striving to beat the Guinness Book World Record for largest car club gathering.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Good looking out. I'll have to take my '05 Mazdaspeed out there.
      • 1 Year Ago
      ugh we have to wait another year to see it. I feel like ive been waiting forever
      • 1 Year Ago
      Go Mazda. And while you're at it, get us the next MS3 as well!
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm excited by the light weight, not so much the "modest amount" of HP. Once, just once, I wish Mazda would offer an engine with HP to match the car's FULL potential.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Agreed....Mazda has a chance to do make this something more special than another the Toyobaru competitor it is now. If they jump up the HP even modestly over current levels it could be a real hoot to drive, but indicating the engines are 1.5L and 2.0L are not instilling much confidence that's going to happen.
      • 1 Year Ago
      the folding hard top was always plastic panels, no metal.
        • 1 Year Ago
        And it never folded into the trunk, so it never really took up any trunk space.
      • 1 Year Ago
      2015? sad trombone
        • 1 Year Ago
        Remember the 2014 Mazda 6 went on sale January 2013 so who knows.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was surprised to learn that the CX5 with a Skyactiv 2.5 liter engine gets better gas mileage than a Miata. A bigger, heavier vehicle. I think the Skyactiv 2.0 would be perfect for the Miata. I know people don't buy these for the gas mileage but an extra 10 mpg would get my attention.
      • 1 Year Ago
      For the target 2200 lb goal maybe possible w a special trackday model from the factory. like a 911 RS! Who needs interior plastic, a/c, radio, anyways? And replace some things w lighter parts to get that target.
      • 1 Year Ago
      2015?! I really hope they show us something this year already
      • 1 Year Ago
      As long as it looks close to this, I'm good: Mazdaspeed version with a 2.5 Skyactiv tuned to at least 200hp, anyone?
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