New Mazda MX-5 gets radical look

  •  More extreme styling for all-new roadster
  •  Big jump from the looks of current model
  •  Front-end design of 3 and 6 does not carry over

The next Mazda MX-5 will have a more ‘extreme’ look that takes it further away from the outgoing third-generation model, according to a senior company source.

The fourth generation of the iconic roadster is due to go on sale next year, more than 25 years after the first edition was introduced. Mazda has already shown its chassis and engine, but the car’s appearance has remained under wraps. It has been expected to follow the styling that’s been used on the CX-5, 3 and 6 models over the past two years.

However, a senior source with the project has told What Car? that the MX-5 is being treated to a more radical approach. ‘It’s definitely more extreme,’ the insider said. ‘The step from third generation to fourth generation is the biggest one that the MX-5 has made – a bigger gap, for example, than the move that we made from Mk2 to Mk3.’

That means the MX-5 is unlikely to get the deep front grille treatment that features on the 3, the 6 and, most likely, the forthcoming 2. ‘The front end has been one of the big challenges of the project, because the grille is so deep and the MX-5 is such a low car anyway,’ said the source, ‘so the solution is different.’

What Car? understands, meanwhile, that the MX-5’s look is also radically different from that of the sister car being prepared by the Fiat Group as part of the same project. The other roadster is likely to be badged an Abarth, and shares the same chassis components, but there’s said to be ‘absolutely no family resemblance’ between the two cars.

The next generation Mazda MX-5 is due to be revealed next year, and is set to get a much more radical look than the current car.

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