A fresh report out of the United States suggests that the Mazda MX-5 will benefit from a power hike during an upcoming refresh.

According to Road and Track, a new document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the US suggests that the lightweight sportscar’s 2,0-litre naturally aspirated engine will gain an increase in power for 2019.

The document says that the updated MX-5’s four-cylinder petrol unit will make around 135 kW, up from the current 118 kW offered here in South Africa. At first glance, that may not appear much, but considering the MX-5’s distinct lack of lard, it should translate into noticeably more get-up-and-go.

In South Africa, of course, the MX-5 roadster was scrapped late in 2017, although the Japanese brand’s local distributors opted to retain the (automatic-only) RF variant of the little rear-wheel-drive sportscar.