The next-generation Mazda MX-5 will stay true to its naturally aspirated petrol origins but a mild-hybrid system may be introduced in order to make it a bit more eco-friendly. The two-seater roadster is set to adopt the brand’s new generation of Skyactiv-X.
According to information sourced by Autocar, the Japanese manufacturer previously stated that every new model will adopt the spark-controlled compression ignition Skyactiv-X engine. This includes the NE-generation of the Mazda MX-5 which is due in 2024.
What this means for the halo roadster is a 30 per cent increase in torque from the existing 2,0-litre four-cylinder engine while the increase in power will be nominal. This is not a cause for concern given that the MX-5’s characteristics have always been more focused on a low mass figure. For enthusiasts, the six-speed manual gearbox will remain an engine option.
The Skyactiv-X engine also benefits from a belt-driven mild-hybrid system which reduces the overall CO2 emissions via key functions. Mazda design boss Ikuo Maeda has previously outlined the issues the company faces in future-proofing the MX-5. He says “We want to look at the best powertrain to keep the vehicle lightweight, but because of the diversifying requirements and preference, we need to explore various options. People can own without worrying that they aren’t being eco-friendly”.
Where design is concerned, the next Mazda MX-5 may draw on the “less is more” design language which we got to see on the Vision Coupé concept, revealed two years after the current generation MX-5.
With this in mind, LED headlamps and a more dynamic front grille are likely to be featured. The cockpit of the next Mazda MX-5 will be changed-up as well in order to bring the roadster in line with newer models. This will include an updated infotainment, digital dials and sleeker switchgear.