Is a Miata hardtop convertible coming to New York?

Mazda Miata PRHT expected at 2016 NYAS

Mazda promises ‘world premiere’ for New York Auto Show, which says MX-5 hardtop to us

Mazda promises to “blow the lid off” something at the New York auto show in a matter of days, and it probably won’t be the CX-5 crossover belatedly striking back at the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. Instead, many are expecting the automaker to debut a power retractable hardtop (PRHT) version of the MX-5 Miata.

Autocar obtained an early copy of an invitation to a “world premiere,” with all evidence pointing to an MX-5 Roadster Coupe debut.

Previous generations of the Miata have rocked power retractable hardtops, while the current generation is only available in soft-top form. With the long winter coming to an end, the New York auto show is the perfect venue for Mazda to unveil another variant of the Miata.

The current soft-top model is powered by a Skyactiv 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque — a few horsepower shy of the previous-gen model, which was good for 167 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque. The Miata is offered in three trim levels: Sport, Club and Grand Touring, with the base model starting at $25,735. Expect to see a modest gain in weight and price when the PRHT model debuts.

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