(Motorsport-Total.com/Motor1) – While almost every automaker is cutting back on electric power, Mazda is once again taking a stand and doing the exact opposite. A new rear-wheel drive platform with in-line six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines was introduced recently. In addition, the Japanese are among the last manufacturers still selling naturally aspirated engines. And yet you see the future of the combustion engine.
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2022 Mazda MX-5 (JDM)
In the street world, that is MX-5 still lively on the way. Despite the increasing pressure from the authorities to reduce the production of ships.
Now our colleagues from Autocar spoke to Mazda’s European head of product development, Jochen Kunz, and he assured fans that the MX-5 (buy used Mazda MX-5 cars now) will remain the MX-5: “It’s a symbol of our brand and it will be considered very special. Right now it looks like this car will stay with us forever, with this size, this concept and this combustion engine.”
“Child of the Headquarters”
He admitted that the day will come when “we will have to electrify it, but we want to keep the concept clean”. Kunz said that the MX-5 will not be based on the existing platform that is already used by the Group’s other vehicles.
That will eventually mean ditching rear-wheel drive. He explained that most of the development work will be done in Japan because the child of the street “is the child of the headquarters”.
Kunz has not yet given an exact date for the replacement of the ND generation, but he thinks that a little time will pass: “Having a generation for ten years is not a problem for us”. Of course, the MX-5 also has a special place in the company’s portfolio. That’s where it differs from bread-and-butter brand cars.
The presentation is not before 2024
Kunz’s statement suggests that the next-generation NE will almost certainly not be delivered before 2024. The current MX-5 was launched in 2014.
When released, the new MX-5 will largely stick to the formula that made it the world’s best-selling two-seater sports car. However, a spokesperson told us in June 2021that “Mazda plans to electrify the MX-5 Miata as part of a goal for all models to have some form of electrification by 2030”.
A plug-in combination seems unlikely here due to weight and packaging reasons. So we would prefer to keep a hybrid configuration or a 48 volt hybrid system.
Mazda is still old school
Whatever happens in the end, the NE generation will probably be heavier than the current car, for example in the 990S Special Edition for Japan only it comes in at a staggering 990 kg.