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Is Mazda Going to Tell the Miata to Put Its Top Back On?

2016 Mazda MX 5 Miata Exterior

Mazda is teasing a new model reveal for next week’s New York Auto Show, and it could be a MX-5 Miata with more shade.

The invitation to the model’s world premiere later this month asks participants to help Mazda “blow the lid off.” Hmm, let’s think about that one for a minute …

The previous generation MX-5 Miata was available in power retractable hardtop form, but that option died in 2015 when the fourth-generation launched in soft-top guise only.

Reintroducing the hardtop to the stable only seems natural, but there’s good reason to believe this hardtop won’t simply operate in “up” or “down” mode.

Mazda has stated previously that a new hardtop would have a lighter and more compact mechanism, while an unconfirmed report of a targa-like top stated it roof will have the ability to be operated while the car is in motion. That could certainly differentiate this MX-5 from its predecessors. It would also prevent the vehicle from being burdened with any excess weight that could offend Miata purists, while likely freeing up more interior and trunk room than the previous hardtop.

For what remains a niche vehicle, the 2016 Miata has posted impressive sales numbers since it began driving off dealer lots last summer. It follows that a new hardtop would broaden the model’s appeal, while allowing Mazda to make a splash two years in a row in New York.

[Sources: Autocar, Wheels] [Image: 2016 MX-5 Miata, © 2015 Alex L. Dykes/The Truth About Cars]

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