Could the hard-top version of the Mk4 MX-5 be launched in the USA this month?

Mazda has confirmed it will be launching a new model in New York this month, stating on its show invite a “world premiere” that will “blow the lid off".

Although the car maker refrains from giving any more information, Autocar expects this new model to be a hard-top version of the current MX-5, called the MX-5 Roadster Coupé.

Read more: Mazda MX-5 RF revealed in New York

The Mk4 MX-5 has been with us in soft-top guise for about a year, so it makes sense for the hard-top alternative to arrive now. If it is indeed this car, we already have a pretty good idea of what it’ll be like thanks to information given to us by Mazda late last year.

In a conversation about its latest sports car, Mazda told Autocar that the second-generation hard-top MX-5 would feature a lighter and more compact folding roof mechanism than the previous model

A Roadster Coupé would be slightly heavier than the 1050kg soft-top, and its starting price is likely to be around £2000 more than the £18,495 of the regular car. Despite this, it’s still expected to be the best-selling UK model.

The hard-top version of the Mk3 MX-5 accounted for 80% of sales in the UK, presumably due to Brits preferring the additional insulation and increased flexibility of an electronic folding metal roof over a manually-operated fabric one.

Of course, we can’t be certain which model Mazda will reveal until the covers are pulled off in New York. Check back on autocar.co.uk on the 23 March to see if our predictions are right.

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10 March 2016

They got you guessing - instead of the leaked teasers .. and what if it isnt the MX5 and its a cabrio version on the 6 ???? that has been missing from their line up for far too long. It would be extremely handsome and run the Audi.volvo and mercs and beemers not close - but probably better

what's life without imagination

10 March 2016

I bet is the CX-7

10 March 2016

It's the "there are no plans for a PRHT" mx5, that Mazda uk denied having, which has annoyed quite a lot of previous owners. Why they couldn't have just admitted there would be one 18-24 months after the launch of the soft top, I don't not know. Can't see it being only £500 more though, more like £1500.

I believe it's look, maybe quite controversial amongst the mx5 fans, compared to the previous model, but I guess we'll find out soon enough. Let's hope you can operate it on the move, as the new soft top can't even be openened or closed from inside the car, even though every dealer demonstrates it can and all the YT vids show it, Mazda say you can't :0(

Could be the new RX9....

10 March 2016

Would rather they concentrated on stopping them rusting. We've loved all our MX5's, just gutted they're made of cheese.

11 March 2016

I saw a photo of an undisguised CX-4 on Twitter the other day. It was as you would expect, larger than the CX3, but smaller than the CX5. It looked like a high-riding 3 to me. Would address the lack of rear room and boot space in the CX-3.

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11 March 2016
Marv wrote:

I saw a photo of an undisguised CX-4 on Twitter the other day. It was as you would expect, larger than the CX3, but smaller than the CX5. It looked like a high-riding 3 to me. Would address the lack of rear room and boot space in the CX-3.

I'd go along with that. I test drove a CX3 and it was a hoot, but I thought the interior was a bit cramped. Actually, my partner has a Mazda2 and we've gone away in it for weekends and it's perfectly adequate so guess I was wrong about the CX3. I think the CX4 based on the Mazda3 would be a big seller.

11 March 2016

Knowing manufacturers these days, probably yet another crossover SUV. CX-2/3/4/5/6/8 etc.

If it was a hard top MX-5, why not go the whole hog and make it a fastback coupe? Could be something of a non-rotary successor to the RX-8, a modern day MX-6.

12 March 2016

A modern day MX-6 sounds appealing.
I'd personally like Mazda to reveal a Hybrid 6 using their more powerful pack from the IS300h. In Japan they offer a 3 hybrid using the Prius power pack mated to Mazda's 118bhp 2.0 petrol. Perhaps the 165bhp version could be used to provide an alternative range topper.

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