2017 Mazda MX-5 RF: Big Lights, Big City Preview in NYC [NYIAS]

Mazda has been secretive lately and now we know why. Today the automaker has unveiled a new addition to its line-up, the 2017 MX-5 RF.

Mazda MX-5 RF | New York auto show

Named for its retractable fastback roof (RF) design, Mazda has reinvented its popular hard-top MX-5 for its fourth-generation model.

Underneath the hood will either be the SKYACTIV-G 1.5 or SKYACTIV-G 2.0 gasoline engine, depending on the market. Thankfully, the U.S. market will get the SKYACTIV-G 2.0.

The MX-5 RF features fastback styling with a smooth roofline that slopes down to the rear end, and its unique rear roof and retractable back window offer a new open-air feeling. The power roof can be opened or closed at speeds of up to 6 mph with the press of a button, and the roof is stowed compactly and efficiently in a limited space. Kudos to the Mazda engineers who were able to design the MX-5 RF that offers the same amount of trunk space as the soft-top model.

2017 mazda mx-5 rf fastback

The fourth-generation MX-5 is a winner and becomes readily apparent after you drive one. Find out about the new retractable fastback variant from its designer in the video below.