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Mazda MX-5

Mazda has revealed at the ongoing Chicago Motor Show what it calls the MX-5 Accessories Design concept just before the actual production car goes on sale later this year. More importantly, the Japanese carmaker has revealed the output of the MX-5's 2.0-liter engine, which is what will be made available to the US market.

For the show, Mazda is exhibiting the next-generation MX-5 painted in Ceramic Metallic and equipped with a gloss-back aero kit, which can be found on the MX-5 Global Cup Car. The car also rides on 17-inch forged black BBS wheels wrapped in 205/45 tires. Behind these are lightweight Brembo brakes with red brake calipers on all four wheels. A carbon-fiber luggage rack that weighs less than two pounds is also mounted to the trunk.

The most important news for fans of the next-generation MX-5 in the US, however, is that the car will be made available with the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine, which produces 155hp and 201Nm. Paired with this is either a Skyactiv-MT or a Skyactiv-Drive automatic six-speed transmission. Other markets, like Japan, will have their MX-5 powered by a 1.5-liter Skyactiv-G mill with an output of 129hp and 150Nm.

"For our next-generation MX-5, our designers and engineers obsessively focused on heightening the joy that comes with driving our signature sports car," said Mazda North America president Jim O'Sullivan. "The concept parts and accessories we have showcased at the Chicago Auto Show were developed to give customers a look at what is possible for the new cars to make them truly one-of-a-kind, adding to that excitement."

Which engine do you think the Philippine-market MX-5 will get?

 

Mazda MX-5

Mazda MX-5

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