PICS AND VIDEO: The Redesigned Mazda MX-5 Miata

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OK Miata fans, get ready for another round of visibility into the next version of this globally beloved sports car. It will debut in 2015 with a raft of engineering innovations, and the new pics and video Mazda released show it to be striking inside and out. Let’s take a look.

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The MX-5 Miata brings with it a load of change. The lines are stronger and more distinctive than any preceding Miata design. It’s a fittingly dramatic shape following the Miata’s 25th anniversary on the market.

Mazda took the opportunity of this redesign to go deeper with its SKYACTIV fuel-saving design philosophy. High-tensile strength steel in strategic locations…

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…as well as aluminum.

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Mazda says the front suspension is lighter than before…

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…and the multi-link rear brings up the back. Mazda claims a lower center of gravity and perfect 50:50 weight distribution, along with the shedding of about 220 pounds overall.

mazda_miata_02Two four-cylinder engines are offered; they displace 1.5-or 2.0-liters. Your choice of a six-speed transmission in automatic or manual.

mazda_miata_01This is the shortest Miata yet.

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Mazda’s says its KODO brand of design is reminiscent of Japanese calligraphy. We find it to be suitably animated and aggressive.

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It’s a cohesive design front and back.

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The trunk has a deep well…

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…which appears well sized for a couple of carry-ons.

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Iniside, the new Miata continues the theme found in other Mazda, with simplicity combined with a touch of gadgety goodness.

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We are chomping at the bit to turn a wheel on this new Miata, where the engineering priorities of light weight, a lower stance and even weight distribution are exactly as we’d call them. Its 2015 debut can’t happen soon enough.

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Tell us in the comments – what do YOU think of the Miata’s changes?

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