Mazda has confirmed it will at long last pull the wraps from its new MX-5 on September 4.
Following the formula that saw the Mazda3 revealed simultaneously in multiple locations, the new Roadster will debut in Japan, Europe and the US all at once.
Yes, despite Australia’s 10 percent share of global MX-5 sales, we won’t be following the 3’s Melbourne unveiling with our own synchronised debut for the new sports car.
That’s unlikely to bug diehard MX-5 fans though, who have waited hungrily for this new model since rumours of a smaller and lighter roadster first surfaced around three years ago.
The September 4 unveiling will also coincide with a special Mazda Roadster Thanks Day in Japan at Maihama Amphitheater in Urayasu city, Chiba.
If the name doesn’t give it away, the carmaker says the event is intended to “express Mazda’s gratitude” to the fans that have supported the MX-5 for more than two decades.
Mazda has kept much of the new MX-5’s details under its hat - particular its final look - but in April, the company offered the most revealing update yet: images and details of its lightweight architecture.
The company promises a 50:50 weight distribution, with an overall kerb weight reduction of around 100kg.
That would bring the new model to just over 1000kg, with the current ‘NC’ generation weighing between 1110 and 1153kg depending on specification.
As for its looks, Mazda design boss Peter Birtwhistle has previously described a “more edgier” look than past models - but we expect the MX-5 to remain (mostly) loyal to its classic soapbar styling.
Watch for teasers and more details to surface between now and September.
Note: top picture is an early teaser sketch of the current NC MX-5.