The Mazda MX-5 hardtop variant is expected to make its debut late this month at the 2016 New York Auto Show.
The Japanese automaker has sent invites to the media promising a world premiere and asking the media to “help us blow the lid off at the New York Auto Show.” The wording isn’t accidental with it alluding to a hardtop version of the Mazda MX-5 Miata.
In August 2014, it was reported that we should expect the Mazda MX-5 hardtop one year after the convertible’s launch, so the timing also lines up for the debut.
Expect the hardtop to be lighter than its predecessor, with a lighter and more compact folding-roof mechanism. With tighter packaging, the hardtop will have increased trunk space compared to the previous model, one of the biggest gripes customers had.
The official name will be Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe and it will be slightly heavier than the soft-top model. In some markets, the hardtop version has sold better than the soft-top.
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