Subsequent Mazda MX-5 Might Go Hybrid, However Stay Light-weight

It was on the 1989 Chicago Auto Present the place Mazda launched the unique MX-5 Miata, and after three a long time of droptop motoring, the Zoom-Zoom firm is pondering what route its nimble roadster ought to take for the following technology. The fourth-generation mannequin (ND) has been round for 4 years, so time has come for Mazda to begin excited about the NE mannequin anticipated to reach later within the subsequent decade.

Talking with Autocar journal, the automaker’s R&D boss Ichiro Hirose mentioned the primary elements that make the MX-5 so enjoyable to drive – lightness and compact dimension – will stay for the fifth-gen automobile. That being mentioned, the two-seater roadster may nonetheless undergo some vital modifications because the Miata can’t be proof against the automotive developments and should adapt to outlive, particularly in a shrinking sports activities automobile market. Extra stringent emissions laws may imply a hybrid powertrain will probably be on the coronary heart of the brand new MX-5.

“We wish to take a look at one of the best powertrain to maintain the car light-weight, however due to the diversifying necessities and desire, we have to discover varied choices. I don’t have the reply now however we have to make a car that folks can personal with out worrying that they aren’t being eco-friendly.”

Contemplating an electrified powertrain often impacts a automobile’s weight, the following MX-5 may very well be heavier than at the moment’s mannequin, except Mazda’s engineers discover a strategy to shave off among the fats from different areas to compensate for the burden good points. As a refresher, the lightest model of the roadster bought within the U.S. suggestions the scales at simply 2,332 kilos (1,057 kilograms).

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The newest replace for the favored convertible was utilized earlier this yr when Mazda rolled out a 30th Anniversary Edition restricted to three,000 automobiles worldwide. It not solely marked three a long time of the Miata, but additionally celebrated a formidable gross sales determine as a couple of million have been bought since 1989. Out there with each gentle and laborious tops, the special-edition variant wears a brand new Racing Orange paint and rides on Rays cast aluminum wheels whereas packing a mess of beauty and {hardware} tweaks.

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