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Could the hard-top version of the Mk4 MX-5 be launched in the USA this month?
Sam Sheehan
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10 March 2016

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

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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Marv 12 March 2016

Good shout sirwiggum

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.
sirwiggum 11 March 2016

Knowing manufacturers these

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.

Marv 11 March 2016

CX-4 anyone?

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.
Bristolbluemanc 11 March 2016

Marv wrote: I saw a photo of

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.