The fourth generation Miata bring with its SKYACTIV technology

The Mazda MX-5 Miata has been with us for 25 years, and in that time we’ve seen three generations of the fun, lightweight convertible. The current generation, the “NC” model was first introduced in 2005, so it’s long overdue for a replacement.
Luckily, the “ND” Miata has just been unveiled at a press event in Monterey, California. We first got a look at the ND’s chassis back in mid-April. At the time, Mazda said it was able to trim an amazing 220 pounds from the chassis by using SKYACTIV technology.
At today’s unveil, that figure holds true, with Mazda indicating that trim-for-trim, the ND Miata will be 220 pounds lighter than the comparable NC Miata (that would allow a base 2016 Miata to tip the scales at around 2220 pounds). Mazda was able to achieve the big weight drop thanks in part to the use aluminum for the hood, trunk lid, and front/rear bumper assemblies.

And in a world where it seems as though each new generation of vehicles is getting bigger and bigger, the new Miata actually shrank 3” in length. The wheelbase has also been trimmed by 0.6” in length, although Mazda says that the reduction hasn’t resulted in a loss of passenger room.

As for the engines, Mazda is still being tightlipped about the displacements for the engines going under the new Miata’s hood, but a quick look at the top down see-through image of the Miata shows that it employs SKYACTIV technology. We’re still guessing that the 2.0-liter unit will show up in the production model.

For now, this is all we know about the ND Miata. The vehicle will make its “official” debut at the L.A. Auto Show in November, so we should get full details at that time.

Source: Mazda

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