It has been five years since the third generation of the Miata car has been released and it is already due time for a 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata to be released. The vehicle has been rumored for a long time but also for a long time nothing came and Mazda kept quiet. Just when the news and speculations about this release has started to lose momentum we have been hit with a confirmation that an updated model is on its way.
The original Mazda MX-5 Miata was first showcased and released at the Chicago Auto Show of 1989 and was soon choose as one of the groundbreaking vehicles of the 80s. Its advantages were a small, lightweight build made with minimal mechanical complexity to it. It was immediately dubbed as the evolution of British roadster vehicles and it showed that with the future releases that came after the original. The second-gen came ten years after the original and was a redesigned version which debuted in 1999. Currently we have the third-generation model on our hands which has started to fade out so an appropriate update was necessary, and the 2017 model is supposed to bring back some life into the Miata brand.
There have been some rumors that beside the roadster vehicle fans are going to be in for a coupe version. This is something that people have been demanding for a long time but was never put into perspective. It appears that Mazda has decided to make the fans happy this time and will release a coupe version just a few months after the release of the roadster version. All in information and specs that have been given to the general public are here in this review and you can do yourself a favor and read it so you are informed when the new car hits the streets.
2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata exterior
There is going to be quite an interesting design to the newest 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata. The body is going to be made with steel which is going to adopt high-strength panels bolstered with some high-engineering solutions. The previous generation car had a distinctive swollen grille at the front, but the new-gen is going to make away with that and use a smaller version of it which is going to be a reminder of the old type of Miata models. The headlights have also been remodeled here as they carry an up-slanting teardrop shape with some LED lighting technology added as well. All in all, the new lighting configuration of the latest Miata is going to be reminiscent of the original and legendary models of the past.
The rear fascia sees a divorce from the traditional Miata layout that we had so far. It has been updated with a completely original and unique design which adds a tall bumper and a pointy trunklid spoiler and is going to be the new face, or actually the rear, of the newest Miata. The fascia is very crisp and clean designed and has some sharp turn signals which extend into the bumper combined with rounded taillights. Speaking about the profile, the 2017 model is going to have a sleeker and sportier design. The fenders are muscular while the hood is sloping and all in all give a GT-like appearance to the Miata vehicle. And finally the MX-5 Miata is going to be much lighter than the vehicle before it with a total weight of 2,332 pounds.
The interior of the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata is going to be as likable as before. If you have enjoyed the previous interior design of the Miata, you are going to like the ND’s newest design. Mazda keeps the dashboard and the layout inside the cabin mostly unchanged. The shiny plastic inserts have been replaced with some soft-touch piece, but the AC vents and the circular design of the knobs is still present. But the biggest change and actually advancement is that everything has been kept clean and the layout is perfect on the dashboard, which also sees the inclusion of modern touchscreen technology instead of many buttons and switches.
The steering wheel is still going to utilize the three-spoke layout, which has become a trademark look of the Miata, and also keeps the same center stack. The door panels, on the other hand, have been completely redesigned and now include new body-colored panels on the top which make for a much more premium look. It is not as roomier on the inside as you would have expected it to be but the steering wheel is positioned lower than before as it combines with much more supportive and sets.
There have been different speculations about the engine of the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata, but the bottom choice at the end came to a SkyActiv, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder gasoline powerplant. This engine is going to be utilized inside the models which are aimed for the American market and is also the same engine choice which is featured inside the Mazda3, Mazda6, and CX-5 cars. The engine is ging to produce an output of 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque which provides a torque delivery of 7,000 and 4,800 rpm.
The Japanese model Miata is going to incorporate the 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 129 horsepower and 110 pound-feet of torque, and is going to combine with a six-speed manual as the only transmission choice present.
Price and release date
The price of the latest 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata is going to come at $30,195, for the manual transmission choice, while the automatic one is priced at $31,270. The car is going to be offered by the end of this year, when its release date is set, and you will be able to get it early in 2017 and purchase it.