The Mazda MX-5 was a runaway success in 1989. However, that was 25 years ago, and some would say that the Miata has had very few 'big' updates since then. Some would argue that you shouldn't fix with what isn't broke. However, according to a report by Drive, which claims to have some insider information, the MX-5 we know today, could be very different from the one we are introduced to next year.

The insider is calling the new look of the Miata to be a “radical” step away from the previous renditions of the classic roadster. “It’s a really new design and looks like nothing like any of its predecessors,” said the insider. Even more interesting is the fact that the insider also commented that considering the speculative drawings that have been done for the next-generation, they were all “vastly wrong.”

Which leads us to wonder, what would a radical MX-5 look like? First things first, the MX-5 Miata will share its underpinning from the Alfa Romeo / Abarth roadster. According to a source that kept details close to the chest, will have less prominent wheel arches, and unique front grille. There will be no borrowing from the current Mazda3 or Mazda6 fascia as an interpretation of the next-generation MX-5.

This report comes just a couple days before the New York International Auto Show, which some believe could be the place where we finally see a 'partial reveal' of the next-generation Miata. We'll keep you posted.