Mazda’s new MX-5 will debut an evolved take on the company’s new design language that first appeared with the sharp Shinari concept in 2010.
Martin Benders, head of the carmaker’s Australian operations, has seen the new roadster. Speaking with TMR today, he confirmed a major styling departure.
Referring to the current NC and the classic MX-5 look that has now lasted 25 years, Mr Benders said the new model “will look nothing like it”.
Asked if fans can expect the new model to take its inspiration instead from the ‘Kodo’ styling that dominates the new 6, 3, 2 and CX-5, he added “I would say it’s more of an evolved version of that”.
And while Mr Benders would not be moved to reveal anything more specific ahead of the new MX-5’s September 4 unveiling, his comments are in line with reports out of Japan, Europe and the US over the past year.
But, while commissioned and independent renderings have merely sliced the roof from the Shinari concept (top of article), one Japanese publication claims that most pundits have it wrong.
In its January 2014 issue, Holiday Auto magazine reported that Mazda insiders have confirmed that the Kodo language acts as a mere starting point for the new MX-5’s look.
The magazine claims the new roadster will depart from Mazda’s current ‘family face’. That means the large upright grille and wide ‘blade’ treatment that connects the grille and headlight of the current styling will not feature on the new car.
Instead, the MX-5's face is expected to return to the oval-shaped grille design of previous generations, reviving the look that the NC had most recently 'retired'.
Based on its alleged insider intel, the magazine presented the renderings that you can see above and in our gallery.
If even remotely accurate, the renderings suggest we will see more than a little of the MX-5’s iconic ‘soap bar’ shape, while still showcasing that 'evolved Kodo' look.
Such a move would also add credence to the authenticity of a 'leaked' patent illustration that surfaced in the Japanese press way back in 2011.
Whatever the new model’s looks - and we don’t have long to wait - it is at least known that we can expect a more compact nose-to-tail appearance, thanks to shorter overhangs on a nearly identical wheelbase.
More details on the new MX-5 have been revealed in recent months, and you can catch those at our links below.