Mazda’s motto for the new 2016 MX-5 is, “Innovate in order to preserve”. It’s evident that they’re preserving the roadster’s 25 years of unparalleled driving experience while innovating in the form of design. Take the Mazda emblems off the new convertible and there’s little evidence that it’s a MX-5. That’s because Mazda has incorporated its new KODO design language into the fourth generation two-seater. As Mazda puts it, the new MX-5 is designed to capture the ‘Soul of Motion’, making it seem like the roadster is in motion even when stationary. Mazda did manage to preserve some of the original styling by giving the MX-5 a smaller grill and narrower headlights that are comparable to the first generation model.
This much anticipated redesign has been rendered hundreds of times across the Internet but none came close to the final design. Many renderings speculated the front would look similar to what Mazda currently has on the 3 and 6, but it turns out MX-5 went in a completely different direction with a more sleeker and non-conventional design.
Here’s the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs original Mazda Miata
And here’s the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata vs 2015 Mazda MX-5