Three New Mazdas You Should Keep On Your List For 2015
2015 is starting to look like another busy year for Mazda.
This year, Mazda will be launching two newly refreshed models, including the redesign of the iconic MX-5 Miata, and the introduction of a brand new crossover SUV. While full details and specifications have not been released by Mazda for these vehicles, some information and speculation has found its way to the internet. We believe that these new vehicles added to the lineup will make 2015 the perfect year to buy a new Mazda.
This is our breakdown on the current known details for the 2016 Mazda2, 2016 MX-5 Miata, and 2016 CX-3.
This past weekend, Mazda brought the 2016 Mazda2 to the Montreal International Auto Show and shared some of the first specs for the North American version. The 2016 Mazda2 will be powered by a 1.5 liter four cylinder SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine with an expected 20% increase in fuel economy and minor horsepower upgrade over the 100 horsepower 4 cylinder engine in the previous version. The improved engine is speculated to be 30 to 35 MPG for city and between 42 and 48 MPG for highway. A six-speed manual transmission will come standard with the option for an automatic transmission.
As for technology, the 2016 Mazda2 will come equipped with the latest technology that was first introduced in the 2014 Mazda3 redesign, including: an Active Driving Display, Mazda CONNECT, i-ACTIVSENSE safety features, and the option for added navigation. This technology and design overhaul is a far cry from the previous generation of the Mazda2 and will see Mazda adding another fully SKYACTIV model to their lineup. This is going to be one fun little affordable car!
2016 MX-5 Miata
Last September, Mazda pulled back the curtain on the newest generation of their best-selling convertible roadster much to the fanfare of longtime Miata enthusiasts. Unlike the Mazda2, the Miata is an iconic vehicle that has helped Mazda stay on the map for decades, which means that careful precautions were made to preserve the Miata’s legacy going into its fourth generation. We won’t know the full specifications for the 2016 Miata until the 2015 Chicago Auto Show in February, but what we already know will impress anyone that has a soft spot for roadsters.
The 2016 Miata will be approximately 220 lbs lighter, has a roomier interior, and will come equipped with a 2.0 liter SKYACTIV-G engine at launch. Just like the Mazda2, the Miata will be a fully SKYACTIV equipped vehicle and feature Mazda’s latest technologies including the Mazda CONNECT. The Miata will come with 16” and 17” wheels depending on the trim level. There is a possibility that the new Miata will not have a Power Retractable Hard Top version until the next model year, but the new soft top is light weight and easy enough to raise and lower with one hand while still sitting in your seat!
Pre-order your 2016 Miata starting in February 2015!
Rounding out the list is the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-3, the newest model joining the SKYACTIV Mazda lineup. The CX-3 was revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2014 as the CX-5’s smaller, cheaper alternative. Similar to the size and pricing differences between the Mazda3 and Mazda6, the CX-3 will be increasing Mazda’s share of the crossover SUV segment which they have already been holding on strong with the CX-5. The final North American specifications have not been revealed yet, but with the Japanese launch coming up in the spring, we should be nearing the final launch date, pricing, and specifications any time now.
The 2016 CX-3 is built on the new 2016 Mazda2 platform with the option of an upgraded new generation of Mazda All Wheel Drive. While Mazda has announced a SKYACTIV diesel engine a few years ago, they CX-3 might possibly be the first Mazda with diesel released in North America using the planned 1.5 liter SKYACTIV-D achieving up to 80 mpg. The CX-3 will also come loaded with the latest Mazda technology, including Mazda CONNECT and i-ACTIVSENSE safety features. Basing what we know about the price of the CX-3 in Japan, we can speculate that the new crossover will have a starting base price of approximately $18,000.
Those are the three hot new Mazdas that we think you should have on your radar if you plan on buying a new Mazda this year. We will share more information about these great vehicles as soon as we find out the official specifications, launch dates, and pricing. If you are shopping for a new Mazda currently, we invite you to see what the Mazda Experts at Don Mealey’s Sport Mazda can do for you. Schedule a test drive or fill out a secure online credit application to secure your VIP appointment status.