The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, a redesign expected to be lighter and stronger than its predecessor, is scheduled to debut on Sept. 3.
The second-generation roadster should be available at dealerships next spring, Edmunds.com reported. Its global debut is set to take place simultaneously in Japan, Spain and Monterey, Calif.
"We're excited to make this official, to announce that the newest member of the MX-5 Miata family will be arriving soon," Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations, said in a statement. "Along with our colleagues around the world, we continue to celebrate the MX-5's 25th anniversary and look forward to sharing even more news in the near future."
Mazda said at the 2014 New York Auto Show that a production goal for the new Miata is to make it 220 pounds less than the first-generation version. The Miata competes with the 2014-'15 Mini Roadster and Porsche Boxster.
The automaker said the 2016 redesign would be "lighter, stronger and with a physical footprint more in tune with its first-generation predecessor than with its heavier, larger current-day cousin," as quoted by Edmunds.
The redesign will feature a new aluminum-intensive Skyactiv chassis.
"This chassis is the first time Skyactiv Technology has ever been shown in a front midship engine rear-wheel-drive design," Mazda said. "The compact configuration showcases an engine closer to the vehicle's center, a center of gravity which itself is lower than that of any previous generation."
The MX-5 Miata will be displayed at Miatas at Mazda Raceway Sept. 5-7; the event is free to the public and registration is free.
In a teaser video, Mazda describes the car with "It's not an evolution, it's a revolution."