Kudos goes out to the artist, Theophilus Chin, for his awesome rendering of what the 2015 Mazda Miata MX-5 might look like. According to Chin, the above photo was supposed to be a submission for a contest.
“This was my entry for a photoshop contest organized by drive.com.au at the end of April,” wrote Theophilus Chin in a blog entry. “Submission of this 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata was received by the site’s editor, however the image was not entered for the competition—Maybe because I don’t reside in Australia.”
Regardless of Drive.com's decision, the slick rendering steel blue looks stunning and has been shared among countless blogs and forums. However, we do have one bone to pick with it. While the design does clearly follow the 'kodo' design direction that has become the popular vision for the next generation 2015 Mazda Miata MX-5--that is what I'd say is its greatest downfall.
Drive.com's own insider has confirmed that the upcoming MX-5 is not going to look anything like we think it should. In fact, the source confirmed that all renderings posted online have been "vastly wrong." In other words, the 2015 Miata will not be applying anything from the current Mazda3 or Mazda6 fascia, nor will it borrow designs from Miata's heritiage.
This is one detail that most renderings have been getting wrong. What I'd like to see is an interpretation of the next-gen MX-5 that looks nothing like anything we've seen, as that just might be as close to the truth as anyone has achieved.