The 2016 Mazda MX-5 was announced earlier this year, but the information about its powertrain wasn’t known. However, the new model was said to be quite impressive, as the manufacturer invested a lot of effort into its redesign. The fourth generation of the famous coupe will be almost flawless: its exterior and interior design is very modern and attractive, and its development relied on the newest technological solutions which resulted in a truly impressive vehicle. Now that the powertrain options have also been announced, it seems as though the new model will simply have no matching competitors in the market. The new MX-5 will have a an impressive performance and fuel economy thanks to numerous factors, but it will also come with some less expected powertrain solutions which may not be the most popular ones, but they will surely contribute to the adventurous and unique experience of owning and driving a car like this.
Apperance And Style Of 2016 Mazda MX-5
The new 2016 Mazda MX-5 will have a fresh and new appearance, like we posted earlier this year. But looks is not all that it will bring. It will also have numerous new technological solutions which will make it a fantastic and fun coupe. To start with, the new model will be made on a light, aluminum platform. This platform and other aluminum parts, designed and developed using the SKYACTIV technology, will reduce the model’s weight for more than 200 pounds. This will result in better fuel economy, precision and agility. Also, the materials used for the new model are sturdier than those used before, so the new MX-5 will be more durable and reliable. Also, the weight reduction allowed the manufacturer to use smaller engines without worrying whether that will have a negative impact on the coupe’s performance.
Powertrain: 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G Four-cylinder Engine
As for the powertrain, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 will come with two possible options, depending on the market it is sold on. The U.S-spec model will be using the 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder engine with very high compression. This engine will, regardless of its small displacement, have an amazing power output. The new unit should produce more than 155 horsepower, thanks to its overall technological design, which is how much the same engine produces under the hood of the Mazda 3. As for the other markets, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 will come with a 1.5-liter engine which will probably come with a slightly smaller power output than the 2.0-liter mill.
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 will use a six-speed SKYACTIV-MT transmission. The gearbox will also be made out of lightweight materials, so its weight will be reduced by 16 percent. However, this gearbox will be a manual one, which is not the most appropriate solution for the USA market. However, this transmission will be developed in a sports-car manner, so it will surely contribute to the impression of driving this vehicle. Clearly, the manufacturer wasn’t aiming for the best possible sale’s scenario, but instead they wanted to offer the best possible experience of driving the coupe, the joy and excitement that comes with a beauty like this. We admire and salute such call.
2016 Mazda MX-5 Fuel Economy
Like we mentioned before, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 will have an improved fuel economy. This is thanks to the numerous technological solutions, from lightweight materials, to smaller engines over the new and sporty gearbox. The fourth generation of the new model will, therefore, offer an efficient and ecological way of travelling together with style and performance. The 2016 Mazda MX-5 EPA fuel economy results have yet to be announced, but they will surely be better than the current ones. At the moment, the third-gen MX-5 uses 21 mpg/city, 28 mpg/highway and 24 mpg/combined. The new model should have its figures close to those of the current Mazda 3, which are at 29 mpg/city and amazing 40 mpg/highway.
2016 Mazda MX-5 Release
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 exact release and price are still unknown, though we do expect to see the new model in showrooms by the end of next year. Regardless of these two parameters, though, this is surely a coupe worth waiting for.