IT is now more than 25 years since Japanese car maker Mazda lifted the covers of the original MX-5, and today, its 2015 officially goes on sale in Australia.
With almost 17,000 Australian sales since its launch in 1989, the all-new fourth generation ND model hits the market from $31,990 (plus on-roads), a mere $2,000 more than the 1989 introductory price, but with considerably more standard features.
Available in two grades – the Roadster and the high-spec Roadster GT, the Mazda MX-5 will also offer two powertrains and two transmission types.
Launching with a 1.5 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine which outputs 96kW of power and 150Nm of torque, the MX-5 comes with either a 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
With fuel economy figures that have improved by almost 25 per cent compared to its predecessor, the 1.5 litre with 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission sips from as little as 6.1L/100km while the automatic records a lean 6.4L/100km.
Weighing in from 1,009kg, the ND is more than 90kg lighter compared to the previous NC model and a new suspension system improves turn-in ability, stability when braking and control when cornering.
A newly designed soft top makes it easy to open and close the roof in seconds, while Mazda-first double pinion electronic power steering is introduced in the new model.
MZD Connect, Mazda’s advanced infotainment system, with a seven-inch touch screen operated by a centrally located commander control makes its debut on MX-5. It’s available as an option on the 1.5 litre Roadster and as standard equipment on the 1.5 litre Roadster GT and the 2.0 litre range.
Available in six striking colours, including the popular Soul Red and the recently introduced Ceramic Metallic, the range comes with three interior trims, including black cloth for the Roadster and a choice of black or tan leather in Roadster GT.
The 1.5 litre range is available from today, while the 2.0 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol version, with 118kW of power and 200Nm of torque, will go on sale later this year.