Will it be a hard-top MX-5 or a brand new model?

The New York Auto Show is less than two weeks away, and manufacturers are already trying to get our attention. The most recent example is Mazda and its invitation to the show that clearly expresses the manufacturer’s intent to “blow the lid off at the New York Auto Show.” Along with that, the invitation also claims that Mazda is planning to release something new at the show; the question is: what?

Well, at this point, nobody outside of Mazda knows for sure, but some sources are indicating that it will be a hard-top version of the Mazda MX-5 Miata. That is all speculation at this point, but with the most recent generation debuting just a year ago, it is time for the hard top to hit the scene. If it doesn’t turn out to be a hard-top MX-5, it will be called the MX-5 Roadster Coupe and will feature a folding roof that is lighter and more compact than that of the previous generation.

If our sources are correct, the hard-top MX-5 is a big deal for Mazda. The previous generation hard top was very successful and outsold the soft top by a huge margin in the U.K. Then again; it could be that this “world premiere” that will “blow the lid” off the show is going to be an all-new model altogether. With only a couple weeks left until the show, we won’t have to wait for long. Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to the opening day of the New York Auto show.

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Why it matters

Something tells me that we’re jumping the gun a little by hoping that this “world premiere” will be the hard-top variant of the MX-5. While it may be a big deal to Mazda with sales of the hard top dominating some markets in the past, I don’t think it’s that huge of a deal. I have a feeling Mazda is really going to surprise us and drop a whole new model altogether. I think that would be a more fitting development given the hype presented by the mysterious invitation. Either way, even if it is the hard-top MX-5, it will surely draw a lot of attention at the show. I just think a new model would draw more. I’m looking forward to seeing what hides under the sheets at Mazda’s stand – maybe the brand will surprise us all. Here’s to hoping.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

2016 Mazda MX-5 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the Mazda MX-5 Miata here.

Source: AutoCar

Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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