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Mazda unveils new MX-5

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This is the all-new Mazda MX-5, revealed today for the first time, to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the iconic roadster.

Long considered the benchmark two seater convertible in its price bracket, Mazda hasn’t drastically changed its hugely successful recipe. The most notable revisions are to the exterior styling, which has been sharpened up for a more aggressive look compared to its rather cutesy forebear.

The interior, too, has simply been mildly massaged, with an improvement in both equipment levels and material quality. The snug, two-seat layout and cossetting driving position remain unaltered.

Full specification details have yet to be confirmed, though the MX-5 is expected to be offered with two four-cylinder petrol engines, in 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre guises, and developing around 140bhp and 180bhp respectively.

The engines are likely to be frugal, too, having been designed under Mazda’s ‘SkyActiv’ efficiency regime. That same programme has seen 100kg shed from the new MX-5’s kerb weight, largely through the use of aluminium for the bonnet, front wings and boot-lid – something which is likely to further benefit economy.

As well as being a cheap to run, painless to own convertible, the MX-5 has won fans amongst keen drivers thanks to its sports car driving experience, and rear-wheel-drive balance. This fourth-generation model looks set to continue that trend, as it keeps the familiar configuration, but also benefits from a lower centre of gravity, which should make it an even bigger thrills in the corners.

The new Mazda MX-5 will reach UK showrooms in 2015, priced from around £20,000.

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