The fourth generation Mazda MX-5 officially goes on sale in Australia this month. With global sales approaching one million units since its inception in 1989, the new Mazda MX-5 is expected to re-ignite interest in the Japanese open-top roadster.
Following an extensive marketing, Mazda Australia expects to move 125 cars per month during the MX-5’s first year on the market. Pricing for the eight-variant range starts from $31,990 plus on-roads, a mere $2,000 more than the 1989 introductory price.
Available in two grades including the Roadster and the high-spec Roadster GT, the 2015 Mazda MX-5 will offer two powertrains and two transmission types.
The range opens with the 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder petrol engine developing 96kW of power and 150Nm of torque, available with either a 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
With fuel economy improved by almost 25 per cent compared to its predecessor and tipping the scale from just 1,009kg – over 90kg lighter compared to the previous NC model, the 1.5-litre with manual transmission sips from as little as 6.1L/100km while the automatic records a lean 6.4L/100km.
Keen enthusiasts, however, will be more interested in the more powerful 2.0-litre MX-5 arriving later this year. The SKYACTIV-G petrol four-cylinder petrol engine produces 118kW and 200Nm. Like the base engine, the 2.0 version is also offered with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.
Combined average fuel consumption for the 2.0-litre version is rated at 6.9L/100km for the manual or 7.1L/100km for the automatic.
Apart from being lighter, the new ND is also the shortest MX-5 ever built, measuring 3,915mm long, 1,730mm wide, 1,235mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,315mm, and front and rear overhang reduced to 760mm and 840mm respectively.
Electronic Power Assist Steering (dual pinion) is introduced to the MX-5 for the first time, offering a lighter, responsive driving experience, while the new suspension system is said to improve turn-in ability, stability when braking and control when cornering.
MZD Connect, Mazda’s new infotainment system, with a seven-inch touch screen operated by a centrally located commander control makes its debut on the new MX-5. It’s available as an option on the 1.5-litre Roadster and as standard equipment on the 1.5-litre Roadster GT and the 2.0-litre range.
Available in six striking colours, including the popular Soul Red and the recently introduced Ceramic Metallic, the range comes with three interior trims, including black cloth for the Roadster and a choice of black or tan leather in Roadster GT.
2016 Mazda MX-5 Pricing and Specifications
1.5L Roadster 6MT $31,990
1.5L Roadster 6AT $33,990
1.5L Roadster GT 6MT $37,990
1.5L Roadster GT 6AT $39,990
2.0L Roadster 6MT $34,490
2.0L Roadster 6AT $36,490
2.0L Roadster GT 6MT $39,550
2.0L Roadster GT 6AT $41,550
Roadster features include:
- 16“ alloy wheels (silver)
- 195/50 tyres
- Body coloured mirrors
- LED headlamps
- Cloth soft-top
- Black cloth seat trim
- Cruise control
- Trip computer
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel,
- handbrake handle and gear shift knob
- Audio system with AM/FM tuner and
- six speakers
- AUX & USB
- Steering wheel audio controls
- Advanced keyless push button engine start
- LSD (MT only)
- Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
GT features additional to the Roadster include:
- 16“ alloy wheels (gunmetal)
- 195/50 tyres
- Headlamps auto on/off
- LED daytime running lamps
- Piano black mirrors (heated)
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Black or tan leather seat trim
- Seat warmers
- Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
- Climate control air-conditioning
- 7-inch touchscreen display (MZD Connect)
- Internet radio integration
- (Pandora®, Stitcher™ and Aha™)
- Multi-function commander control
- Premium Bose audio with nine speakers
- Satellite navigation
- Advanced keyless entry
Roadster GT features additional to the 1.5L model include:
- 17“ alloy wheels (bright)
- 205/45 tyres