The fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 was unveiled last month and today at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Mazda has confirmed that it will be powered by a 1.5-litre SkyActiv petrol engine [UPDATE: 1.5-litre for global market, while 2.0-litre for the US].

MX-5 Side

No information as of now on its performance figures but surely not a 2.0-litre engine as rumoured earlier [UPDATE: 2.0-litre SkyActiv for US market]. The new MX-5 is said to be about 100kg lighter than its predecessor. The front wings, bonnet and boot are now made from aluminium, including a lightweight soft-top construction all contribute to the weight shed.

MX-5 Underpinnings

The engine now sits further back than the superseding model, and lower too. This means better centre of gravity and better weight distribution. Mazda claims it has a perfect 50:50 weight balance, further adding credibility to the fun dynamism the Mk1 offered. Looking forward to that!

MX-5 Rear

The new Mazda MX-5 is set to arrive in the UK summer 2015, priced from around £19,000. Well, we Malaysians will have to sit and wait for a bit.

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