After interminable teasing, Mazda has finally unveiled its long awaited, fourth generation MX-5 Miata sports car. Media events were held simultaneously in the US, Japan, and Spain. According to Mazda "innovate in order to preserve" was the motto for the fourth generation, as the development team searched for innovations that go beyond simple evolution. The all-new MX-5 comes equipped with both the SKYACTIV technology and Mazda's KODO Soul of Motion design. With KODO the MX-5 appears to have lost its “cute” two-seater appearance once and for all. The new car comes off looking totally modern and almost menacing.

Although a lot has changed since the first MX-5 appeared on showroom floors 25 years ago, Mazda says they are staying true to the model's original aim, offering the pure driving fun that only a lightweight sports car can. The design of the all-new MX-5 reveals another layer to Mazda's KODO design language.

Reportedly the new Miata shares it’s chassis with an upcoming roadster from Alfa Romeo. Rumors also insist that the two cars will share neither styling or powertrains.

The all-new Mazda MX-5 Miata will roll onto North American markets early next year.