Not lengthy after displaying the facelifted “ND3” MX-5 Miata, Mazda is making ready to drag the wraps off a brand new roadster-related idea. The automaker introduced Tuesday that its Japanese Mobility Present stand will likely be devoted to the MX-5, with each new and previous fashions on show, plus a “new idea automobile designed to represent the exhibit theme.”
From the teaser picture launched, this idea seems to be associated to a scissor-door coupe idea Mazda confirmed final 12 months. The taillights are virtually an identical. Mazda revealed the catchily named “Imaginative and prescient Examine Mannequin” (pictured under) as a part of a presentation on its electrification plans for the longer term.
We count on that the present ND Miata will dwell on for a couple of extra years, which is unusually lengthy for a contemporary manufacturing automobile, however not unparalleled for the Miata. The third-generation NC was produced for 10 years, and the ND hasn’t fairly hit that milestone. Mazda has stated the next-generation Miata will likely be electrified in some capability, and we suspect meaning it will have some stage of hybridization. The automaker goals for 25 % of its choices to be full EV by 2030, and the remainder to have some kind of electrical factor.
In any case, Mazda has no intention to kill the MX-5 Miata, at the same time as we swap towards EVs. A European Mazda govt stated final 12 months the sports activities automobile will “live on perpetually.” That is good, as a result of we won’t think about a world with out the Miata.
A automobile fanatic since childhood, Chris Perkins is Street & Observe’s engineering nerd and Porsche apologist. He joined the employees in 2016 and nobody has found out a strategy to hearth him since. He street-parks a Porsche Boxster in Brooklyn, New York, a lot to the horror of everybody who sees the automobile, not least the writer himself. He additionally insists he is not a convertible particular person, regardless of proudly owning three.