2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Global Debut Is a ‘View to a Kill’

Introduced as a true global effort, Mazda debuted its next-generation MX-5 Miata in a live-streaming reveal last night that featured 80s rock band Duran Duran headlining the multi-city event, opening with ‘View to a Kill.’ The fourth-generation Miata is wider, lower and much more dramatically styled (think smaller scale F-Type Jaguar here) and will feature Mazda’s Skyactiv powertrain technology.

GearDiary 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Global Debut Is a 'View to a Kill'

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata/Images courtesy Mazda

The debut MX-5 rolled out on stage in right-hand drive version in Monterey, California with designer Derek Jenkins providing a quick walkaround of the 2016 model before turning the event over to Duran Duran.

GearDiary 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Global Debut Is a 'View to a Kill'

Jenkins described the new Miata as staying true to its iconic roots that made it the best-selling roadster while updating its looks and content. The hood is lower, the cockpit is pulled rearward slightly, the A-pillars and mirrors are blacked out and the hind quarters pull back in tapered fashion.

GearDiary 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Global Debut Is a 'View to a Kill'

Little other information was revealed at the launch aside from Mazda touting the new car some 100 kilograms lighter than the vehicle it replaces. The debut model featured the soft top roof folded back into its traditional location but no word on continuation of Power Retractable Hardtop Roof nor any answer to the rumors of a coupe edition.

GearDiary 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Global Debut Is a 'View to a Kill'

Images of the interior appear to show a nav display atop the center stack and other minor updates.

GearDiary 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Global Debut Is a 'View to a Kill'

Alas, no word on availability or pricing other than arriving next year as a MY2016.

GearDiary 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Global Debut Is a 'View to a Kill'

Watch the Mazda MX-5 Miata debut here:


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