Mazda to Reveal New Model at New York Show

Mazda has a surprise for the automotive world at the New York Auto Show this month, but it’s not giving much away right now, except an invitation to the press…

Speculation is rife at present about the possibility of a folding hard top version of the iconic Mazda MX-5 being showcased at the New York Auto Show later this month.

Let’s not forget that Mazda has never made a permanent fixed roof production version of its MX-5 roadster. It has, however, produced a power folding hard top model in the past, which is why people are surmising that that’s what we can expect to see revealed in New York.

So what do we know?

Well, Mazda has invited journalists to help it “blow the lid off at the NY Auto Show,” which almost certainly refers to the Miata (being the Japanese firm’s only convertible).

Mazda also said the event would be a “world premiere”, so we should really be expecting something special – like a power retractable hard top. In fact, since this option was offered back in 2007, more than half of all Miata owners have chosen it.

According to Autocar, the timing makes sense for a hard top version of the fourth-generation MX-5 to appear now, meaning that MX-5 Roadster Coupé is highly likely.

Autocar also said that second-generation hard top MX-5 would boast a roof mechanism which is both lighter and more compact.

Nevertheless, a Roadster Coupé would weigh-in heavier than the current super-svelte soft top model and would likely cost an additional £2,000 in the UK. Although that doesn’t seem to affect the popularity of hard top MX-5’s in the country as the hard top version of the Mk3 MX-5 accounted for 80% of UK sales.

Until the covers are taken off, though, we can’t be sure what to expect. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the New York Auto Show and will report back when Mazda has unveiled its latest surprise on March 23.

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