The Detroit auto show -- like much of 2017 -- will be quiet for Mazda. With a thinner model lineup than most automakers, Mazda has less on its plate than others.
The diminutive Japanese automaker went big in Los Angeles last fall with the world debut of the redesigned CX-5. Thus, it will spend 2017 rolling out the compact crossover -- its best-selling model -- as well as the Miata RF.
The CX-5 brings with it sleek new styling, a refined interior and at long last, an optional diesel engine. The 2.2-liter turbodiesel will hit the market later in 2017 and will complement the base engine, expected to be a 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit.
The RF, meanwhile, brings a Porsche-like targa top to the affordable Miata roadster. The elegant power-operated hardtop folds behind the passenger compartment in 12 seconds, giving the car an extra dose of swagger that can be had for less than $35,000. The RF's powertrain remains the same as soft-top Miata's: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 155 hp and is paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic (why bother?).