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2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata, RF Package

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The Mazda has plans to discharge the all-new premium space edition known as 2018 Mazda MX-5. The automaker intends to achieve its mission by updating the company’s core models, which are aimed at attracting more discerning, loyal and profitable clients. Without any electric or hybrid vehicles in the mix, the new brand becomes the most fuel-efficient one in the industry.

The Miata remains a favorite for car buyers looking for a small, cheap and fun sports car. And, the upcoming version makes no exception. The latest model improves the quality and the driving pleasure to match the increase in price. Although it isn’t the fastest vehicle out there, it offers lots of fun yet it is somewhat cheap. Updates to this car will include a whole new body style.

2018 Mazda MX-5 – Exterior and Interior Styling

The 2018 Mazda MX-5 is entirely new to the Miata lineup of vehicles. Initially, it was offered as a convertible with an optional hard-top on some select few models. The future car adopts a new body style called the RF, which is an abbreviation for Retractable Fastback. Mazda introduced the RF Concept to be used on the production model.

The roof and design of the vehicle will help us understand its exterior styling. Based on our recent spy shots, the entire car is largely identical and comes with a very similar back end, identical wheels and the same front end. The roof of the latest edition is a hard-top with an interesting folding mechanism. Whenever the roof is up, the car appears as though it is a fastback coupe. When it is down, it does not fold entirely, but a small section remains.

The section that remains includes two rear buttresses, making the vehicle look like a Targa-top rather than a regular convertible. The buttresses are all plastic, so it saves weight and makes it a fast system. The major role of the buttresses is to conceal the steel mechanism of the roof. And, because only the upper section of the roof folds, the luggage room is not compromised. Since this car is quite new, its cabin mostly remains unaltered. It still features a renowned playful design associated with the legendary Miata.

In the future, however, there is the likelihood that the automaker will offer a couple more customization packages for the interior. That should make the 2018 Mazda MX-5 a lot easier to personalize when necessary.

2018 Mazda MX-5 interior

Engine Specs

The 2018 Mazda MX-5 for the US market gets its juice from a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline four petrol unit that produces slightly over 150 horsepower. The good news is that the RF package with unusual roof design is available even for the base model. Therefore, buyers may not be constrained by optional extras. The EPA city/highway fuel economy is 26/33 mpg for (manual) and 26/35 mpg for (automatic).

It is somehow unfortunate that Mazda has no plans to bring more powerful engines to the market. Apparently, this is a shame on the automaker because the Miata chassis can accommodate more than just 150 horsepower. Perhaps this would change in the future. We will wait and see.

2018 Mazda MX-5 side

Production and Cost of the 2018 Mazda MX-5

The production of the 2018 Mazda MX-5 is likely to kick off in November. That means this auto will probably grace the showroom shortly after that, with speculations proposing the car may be unveiled in February of 2018.

The price of this vehicle remains close to the current one given that the changes effected are not enough to warrant a tremendous price increase. Its price will range from $25,750 to $33,500. This price is inclusive of destination fees. The 2018 Mazda MX-5 will compete with the Fiat 124 Spider.

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