Report – New York Auto Show could feature the introduction of the Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe image

The New York Auto Show will start on March 23 and Mazda appears to have quietly announced its plans to feature the worldwide introduction of a new model during the US event.

Mazda has been mum on specific details but the invites sent out to journalists by the company ask to “Help us blow the lid off at the New York Auto Show.” That’s in no way something to rely on but it could mean the Japanese automaker is looking to reveal an all new version of the Mazda MX-5 roadster. Nothing is official yet but reports are now swirling around the possibility of Mazda taking the wraps off the expected new MX-5 Roadster Coupe version.

There isn’t much to tell about the new version – other than the obvious fact it would eschew the fabric roof in favor of a more durable and reliable retractable hard top. Previous rumors are also telling us the new retractable hardtop would be both lighter and more compact in order to free up some trunk space. These improvements are to be expected, though the Roadster Coupe will get as a result a tad heavier than the normal model – and also more expensive than the regular version which kicks off at $24,915 in the US. Everyone expects the Roadster Coupe to also have the same powertrain versions: the 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder engine with 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, linked to a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic gearbox.