The highly-awaited fourth-generation 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata made its world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

Often regarded as the bestselling two-seat convertible in history, the original Miata, a 1990 model, spawned copies from Honda, Toyota, BMW and others. BMW’s Z3 Roadster was a premium product but often compared to the more affordable Miata.

The US model will get a SkyActiv 2.0-liter engine and six-speed manual, while models in the rest of the world have a 1.5-liter engine. No official details on the power output, but expectations are anywhere from 170 to 180 hp for the SkyActiv 2.0.


Mazda says the new model weighs in the neighborhood of 2,200 pounds; a lightweight car by any measures.

Mazda MX-5 Miata goes on sale next year as a 2016 model and is expected to make its North American debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.