Now Mazda Miata fans in the U.S. can REALLY get excited, because Mazda is right this very minute producing the next generation Mazda MX-5s earmarked for North America. Production kicked off Monday for U.S. bound models of the best-selling two-seater roadster.
Mazda also released all the pricing details for the entire 2016 Mazda MX-5 range. Pricing will run you anywhere from $25,000 to just over $30,000 MRSP, depending on the trim level.
“The three trim levels available – Sport, Club and Grand Touring – are tailored for three very different types of customers, broadening the MX-5’s appeal,” said Rod McLaughlin, MX-5 vehicle line manager, MNAO. “Whether customers opt for a Sport, Club, Grand Touring or Launch Edition, we’re confident the new MX-5 will deliver the same owner passion, excitement and pride that have made the previous generations among the most beloved cars on the road or racetrack at any price point.”
The first 1,000 roadsters sold in the U.S. will be 2016 MX-5 Launch Editions, priced at just over $30,000. The MX-5 Launch Edition comes equipped with features reserved for the MX-5 Grand Touring trim, in addition to Advanced Keyless entry, which is optional in other trim levels. All 1,000 Launch Editions are painted with an exclusive color combo, Soul Red with a Sport Tan leather interior.
“The MX-5 Launch Edition will give enthusiasts the opportunity to take ownership of one of the very first, very exclusive, 2016 MX-5s to arrive in the U.S.,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO.
The Launch Edition’s sole option will be the choice of a six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission or the six-speed automatic, the latter of which carries an MSRP of $31,270. To buy a special Launch Edition, customers can currently preregister at www.LongLiveTheRoadster.com and will receive a reminder email prior to orders opening on May 5. They’ll also have to put down a $500 deposit towards the purchase.
At the other end of the MX-5 lineup, the 2016 MX-5 Sport comes with a starting MSRP of $24,915. It comes with 16-inch alloy wheels and a bunch of new standard features like a six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission, cruise control, LED headlights and tail lights, Bluetooth phone pairing and audio streaming, leather-wrapped shift knob, power door locks, single USB input and cruise control.
The performance-focused MX-5 Club starts at $28,000, and the MX-5 Grand Touring is priced slightly higher at $30,000.
This marks the 26th year of the MX-5. The next generation is expected arrive in dealers this summer.