Following last month's reveal, Mazda has introduced this week the all-new MX-5 at the Paris Motor Show.

Following last month's reveal, Mazda has introduced this week the all-new MX-5 at the Paris Motor Show.

The lovable roadster is significantly different compared to its predecessor since it is 105mm shorter, 20mm lower and 10mm wider. Aside from decreasing in size, the new Miata has also lost a considerable amount of weight as Mazda's engineers were able to shave off 100 kg (220 lbs). It has retained the rear-wheel drive layout and benefits from an almost perfect 50:50 weight distribution while the suspension consists of a front double wishbone and a rear multi-link setup.

The fourth generation MX-5 features an electric power-assisted rack & pinion steering and rides on 16-inch alloy wheels wrapped around in 195/50 tires with stopping power provided by front ventilated / rear solid discs.

Featuring the latest implementation of Mazda's KODO design language, the overhauled MX-5 will be offered in Europe with a SKYACTIV-G 1.5-liter gasoline engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The US-spec variant is going to be offered with a larger 2.0-liter motor but Mazda hasn't mentioned the outputs yet. However, according to various reports the 1.5-liter will develop around 140 bhp (104 kW) whereas the 2.0-liter is going to generate 200 bhp (149 kW).

The all-new Mazda MX-5 is scheduled to go on sale next year as a 2016MY.

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