We’re not going to lie to you. The reason you’re seeing the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata on these pages again is solely because this is the first time we’re seeing the roadster displayed in a color other than the ruby shade it was first shown in. Okay, okay, so this is the first time the Miata is being displayed at a North American auto show other than SEMA, and we’d say that this is the first time Mazda is showing a US-spec model, but clearly this is a right-hand-drive car. Either way, there’s still not much to it yet, especially since Mazda is still withholding power and performance figures.
As expected, the ND Miata, as it is already known among the cognoscenti, will receive a 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder and the buyer’s choice of a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic here in the US. The 1.5-liter model engine that had been linked to the car back in the rumormill stage will not make it to our showrooms.
Preliminary specifications still show the Miata measuring just 154.1 inches in length overall, with an increased track width to 68.1 inches and a low, low overall height of 49.0 inches. Despite the larger-displacement engine and its presumably heavier weight, Mazda is still claiming ideal 50:50 weight distribution and a weight loss of over 220 pounds versus today’s NC generation. All of which sounds like the Miata has the right ingredients to make good on its promised Jinba Ittai (“rider and horse as one”) driving experience.
It might be just plain ol’ white paint, but you can color us excited.
The grille’s horizontal slats are now trimmed in chrome, while the brand’s chrome wing motif on the fascia is larger and more prominent, particularly where it feeds into the headlights.
Mazda has made more significant changes in the cabin, replacing the built-in nav unit of the old 6 with a freestanding seven-inch screen that has a transformative effect on the look of the dash. The HVAC controls are also tweaked, while the head-up display unit has been cribbed from the Mazda3.
Aside from the new looks, this is the same old 6 that we enjoyed during our long-term loan. The 2.5-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder and six-speed transmissions are all carry-over items, although Mazda has somehow managed to NVH by a quarter at freeway speeds. Rather worryingly, though, the press release makes no mention of Mazda’s long-awaited diesel engine.
We have a vast gallery of photos from Mazda, and will be adding live shots from the floor of the LA Convention Center. Be sure to take a look, give the press release a read, and then head into Comments and let us know what you think of Mazda’s updated sedan.
Take a long, hard look, folks. This is the refreshed 2016 Mazda CX-5, which makes its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show today. And if you’re thinking, “Say, that looks just like the old one,” you really aren’t alone. The visible updates certainly aren’t major – Mazda has instead focused on giving the already-good CX-5 some thoughtful upgrades to make it a more attractive package than ever.
Outside, there are some slight changes to the styling, including new LED light signatures at the front and rear, as well as redesigned foglamp housings. Uplevel models also ride on attractive new 19-inch alloy wheels, with a dark finish.
Under the hood, it’s all the same. Mazda’s Skyactiv 2.0- and 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines carry over, with 155 and 184 horsepower, respectively. Front-wheel-drive, 2.5-liter models get a small bump in fuel economy, too – the CUV is now rated at 26 miles per gallon city and 33 mpg highway, up from 25/32. Models equipped with the automatic transmission now benefit from different drive modes, as well.
Moving inside the cabin, the biggest news is the upgrade to the newer Mazda Connect infotainment system that debuted in the Mazda3. It uses a larger screen, with a cleaner, better-designed interface. This is an update that couldn’t come soon enough. Additional interior improvements include more sound deadening, a new electronic parking brake, as well as some improved material and trim finishes. There’s a host of new active safety features available, too, including radar-based cruise control with auto-brake support, lane-departure warning, and so on.
Read the full list of updates in Mazda’s press release, below, and have a look at the 2016 CX-5 in the gallery above.
Cold weather might be starting to grip parts of Canada, but our neighbors to the north are going to be able to drive their 2015 Mazda cars and utilities from Vancouver to Montreal with a little more peace of mind. That’s because Mazda Canada is instituting an unlimited mileage warranty for its new models.
The updated plan starts with all 2015 model year vehicles (even those already sold), and the scheme simply removes that distance limit on everything but the emissions defect coverage. That means that the Mazdas have one year of service adjustments, three years of new vehicle coverage, five years on the powertrain, seven years against corrosion and three years of roadside assistance for as many kilometers as the owner drives.
The change removes at least one, tiny piece of anxiety about buying a new vehicle because it’s easy to know when the coverage ends. “By offering our customers an Unlimited Mileage Warranty, we believe it will enhance their ownership experience by alleviating concerns such as kilometre limitations, repair costs and resale value,” Kory Koreeda, president of Mazda Canada, in the automaker’s announcement.
Autoblog spoke to Mazda spokesperson Nick Beard to ask about any changes to the automaker’s warranty in the US. He told us, “We’re sticking with our current warranty.” Scroll down to read all of the details about the new coverage for Canada.
Mazda rolls out unlimited mileage warranty in Canada originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Some rumors in the auto industry simply refuse to die. Over the last decade, a few of the strongest have focused on Japan. A few years ago, we could have explained away the constant whispering over a new Toyota Supra, Acura NSX or Mazda RX-7 as nostalgia for Japan’s golden era of performance. Today, though is different.
We already have the Nissan GT-R, and, thanks to the Toyota FT-1 Concept, a Supra successor finally appears to be on the way. Acura will someday, allegedly, deliver on its promise to put the NSX on sale. So where does that leave the third member of the Japanese performance trio mentioned above? Well, um, it still isn’t happening.
“We don’t have that kind of vehicle in our future product plan,” Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai told Automotive News when asked about a successor to the rotary-powered RX line. “If you increase the number of segments, then the resources we can allocate to each will decline and that will prevent us from developing truly good products.”
Kogai’s planning, according to AN, sees Mazda focusing more on its increasingly strong, efficient mainstream lineup, rather than its iconic sports cars, owing to its limited spending money.
“It’s difficult for us at present to further expand our lineup,” Kogai told Automotive News. “The company is still in the process of improving its financial structure. We want to focus our limited resources on the Skyactiv products that we have today.”
While enthusiasts may lament this move, analysts in Japan seem quite pleased with it. “A brand this size needs only so many poster cars,” Kurt Sanger, an analyst with Deutsche Securities Japan, told AN.
Do you agree? Should the growing proliferation of performance vehicles, particularly Japanese brands, push Mazda back towards a rotary sports car? Have your say in Comments.
Mazda CEO closes door on talk of RX sports car revival originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.