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The 2016 Mazda MX-5 makes a return appearance at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

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Mazda wants to take the MX-5's cabin upmarket and has added more creature comforts and tech for this generation.

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The next Miata will be more compact than the previous generation.

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Additionally, the roadster has lost a bit of weight. The 2016 model is down 100kg or about 220 pounds.

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At launch, the MX-5 will be available with a folding fabric roof. No word has been given on the fate of the power retractable hard top.

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The big news at the show was the announcement of the engine options for the fourth-generation MX-5.

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In global markets, the roadster will be available with a 1.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine.

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In the US, the MX-5 will flaunt a 2.0-liter version of the Skyactiv-G four-cylinder.

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Mazda did not, however, reveal any horsepower or torque numbers for the two engines.

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This has lead many to speculate that the next MX-5 will have a lower stated output than the previous generation.

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The Mazda3's 2.0-liter Skyactiv engine only outputs 155 horsepower; that's 12 ponies less than the third-generation Miata.

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We're reserving judgement until the final numbers are announced, but Mazda's slow trickle of information is leaving us with more questions than answers.

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Hopefully, the improved torque and responsiveness of the Skyactiv engines and the lightweight, balanced chassis can mitigate a small drop in power.

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