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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata to get coupe, multiple engine choices?

by Nat Shirley

The redesigned Miata could offer 1.5- and 2.0-liter four-cylinders along with a coupe bodystyle.

Industry whisperings suggest that the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata may offer multiple engine options in addition to a fixed-roof coupe bodystyle.

One of the more hotly anticipated new car debuts in recent memory, the lighter, more focused 2016 MX-5 Miata is less than a week away from its unveiling, but Mazda is keeping a tight lid on details concerning the iconic sports car.

However, rumors have sprung up to fill the information void, with Automotive News reporting that the new Miata will receive a coupe derivative about a year after the convertible launches. Likely to supplement, rather than replace, the existing power folding retractable hardtop option, the coupe will boast fastback styling and should help the Miata cater to a wider range of buyers.

Also helping to expand the customer base is a rumored two-engine powertrain lineup. Whereas the current model makes do with a single motor, Australia's Go Auto states that the new Miata could offer a choice between 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter SkyActiv four-cylinder mills. A six-speed manual will almost certainly be the standard-issue transmission.

While the authenticity of the rumors is impossible to verify at present, that won't be the case for long - the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be officially unveiled on September 3, and we'll have the full story along with a full set of photos.

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