2015 Mazda MX-5 Chicago Auto Show
The original Mazda MX-5 Miata debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in 1989. According to the most recent information available, it appears as if the next-generation MX-5 will continue that tradition by going public in Chicago at the 2015 gathering of the nation’s largest auto show.
Contrary to some reports, the 2015 MX-5 will not be part of the Mazda exhibit at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show that is going on as we type this post. Fans of the beloved roadster will indeed have to wait until February of next year to catch a glimpse of the classic coupe ahead of its early 2015 arrival at Mazda dealerships across the country.
Many anticipate the sight of the 2015 Mazda MX-5 at the Chicago Auto Show on account of the car’s complete creative reboot. Not only will the 2015 Miata be the first in its line to call on the creative mechanics of Mazda’s SkyActiv engine technology, but the rear-wheel racer will also receive its first treatment of the brand’s exciting KODO design language.
Details from the British magazine Autocar reveal that Mazda expects the 2015 Miata to be its “best looking car ever.” Ikuo Maeda, Mazda’s chief designer, told Autocar that style seen on the next-generation MX-5 would be an expression of KODO that is unique to the Miata ethos. In other words, drivers can expect a car that brings its own characteristics to the table—not just recycled cues from Mazda3 or Mazda6.
In addition to the dress of a new design language, the final iteration of the 2015 Mazda MX-5 at the Chicago Auto Show is expected to feature an engine pairing unlike that which was previously rumored. Popular thought foresaw the 2015 Mazda Miata as a car that would be equipped with a turbocharged version of a SkyActiv engine. Though the 2015 MX-5 will certainly benefit from SkyActiv technology, Mazda will remain focused on naturally aspirated engines for their treasured coupe. This will, however, prevent engineers from reaching the ambitious curb weight of 2,200 lbs. Though next year’s MX-5 Miata will still be the lightest car in its class at approximately 2,425 lbs.
While Mazda enthusiasts will have to wait up to 365 days to finally see the 2015 Mazda MX-5 at the Chicago Auto Show, everything should be well-worth the wait. Stay glued to the blog at Mazda of Lodi for more information.
Editor’s note: Recent reports suggest that the 2015 MX-5 will be partially revealed at the 2014 New York Auto Show.