This is the first look at the next generation Mazda MX-5 and Alfa Romeo Spider successor, which will be called most likely 2C.
The chassis testing mule pictured here was caught testing at Chrysler’s Auburn Hills Tech Centre, showing a heavily-modified Mazda MX-5 body pointing to new proportions for the new roadsters.
It looks like the front overhang is bit longer, possibly to meet the new European pedestrian safety standards. The wheelbase also looks to be longer.
The all-new MX-5 will focus on reduced weight along with even sharper handling.
It is safe to say the mule pictured here is representing dimensions destined for both new Mazda’s MX-5 and Alfa Romeo 2C.
This joint venture will bring down the development costs and make such low-volume, niche models a profitable business case.
Both the Mazda and the Alfa Romeo will be built side-by-side in Japan, with the MX-5 reportedly ready for debut in 2015 and Italian version a year later.
The MX-5 will reportedly use a turbocharged SKYACTIV engine (rumored to displace 1.3-liters), while the Alfa’s version will get its own range of Fiat-sourced engines.