Mazda has sent out invitations to the motoring press for the New York Auto Show in which they’re announcing a world premiere without naming it yet.
British magazine Autocar received one of those invites and it believes it could be the hard-top version of the new-generation MX-5, called the MX-5 Roadster Coupé in Europe and the PRHT for Power Retractable Hard Top in North America, as the card included a folded paper message that read, “Help us blow the lid off at the New York Auto Show”.
First introduced in the third iteration (NC) of the MX-5 Miata series about eight months after it went on sale in 2006, the retractable hardtop model became an instant hit, making up more than half of all sales in the US, and over 80 percent in Britain.
For the fourth-generation of the MX-5 Miata, Mazda will likely keep the same folding metal roof formula, albeit with a lighter and more compact mechanism, offering the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 155hp in the US and 160PS in Europe, paired to either a 6-speed manual or an automatic, as the traditional soft top version.
We should know for sure in the coming weeks.