UPDATE: It turns out these images are actually from a video. We've added a couple of new screenshots, including a clearer look at the front end (above and below).
New photos of what appears to be Mazda’s new MX-5 have surfaced online today, offering a fresh look at the new roadster in its production body.
If authentic, these new images would also mark the first appearance of the new ‘ND’ MX-5 without borrowed panels or heavy cladding.
The all-new MX-5 is due for its global unveiling on September 4, and Mazda has so far enjoyed great success in keeping its new sports car from falling prey to the security issues that plague most new models.
Light camouflage obscures this prototype’s finer details, although more than a few clues can be gleened from these new shots.
Speculation, combined with the appetite-whetting comments of Mazda officials over the past month, have led fans to anticipate a combination of the MX-5’s classic styling and the ‘Kodo’ language of the company’s latest models.
Here we see what may be the first preview of that look, with this camouflaged roadster wearing a body that is both iconically ‘soapbar’ and more than a little Kodo.
Interestingly, the long rear deck shown here appears to sit higher than the bonnet - a move that distances this new model from nearly all three previous generations of the MX-5.
Softly flared wheel arches reconnect this ‘ND’ with earlier generations (the NC showcased a sharper fold to its guards), while the compact tail lights appear to feature a more tapered design than with previous models.
As expected, this new roadster also boasts a shorter overhang at the rear, and while not clear in these shots, a similar look is apparent at the front.
Our one view of the front end reveals a steep A-pillar that appears more-or-less in line with the look of previous models, while the bonnet appears to fall away earlier than with the NC - again returning to the look of the earlier models.
As for the new MX-5’s finer details, the mystery will be over in a matter of weeks. Stay tuned to TMR for more as it comes to hand.