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Next Mazda MX-5 uncovered

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Next Mazda MX-5 uncovered

26 July 2010

Mazda plans to make much greater use of its Nagare design language on the lighter next-generation MX-5, due in 2012.

Mazda has been undergoing a ground-up rethink of its sports car strategy after concerns that the current MX-5 has become too heavy to stay true to the original car’s ethos.

See Autocar's rendering of the new Mazda MX-5

The new model is seen as ideal candidate for the Nagare design language, which is inspired by nature — in particular, wind and flowing water — and produced five highly rated concepts in 2006 and 2007.

Nagare will not feature on any future Mazda concept cars (the firm will reveal a new design direction in the autumn) but it will still make it on to the firm’s upcoming production cars, including the newly launched 5.

The decision to apply it to that car was hotly contested inside the firm, because many felt the tall, slab-sided MPV was unworthy of the treatment.

Employing Nagare’s side panel creases should prove a more straightforward process on the MX-5 sports car.

Read Autocar's first drive of the Mazda MX-5 Superlight concept

The original MX-5 had a target weight of 1000kg during development, and Mazda has set itself the same goal for the new model. It is still evaluating engine options, but it’s almost certain to be one of the first models to get the firm’s Sky-G range of petrol motors; 1.6 and 1.8-litre variants are under consideration.

The chosen powerplant will be mated to a six-speed manual as standard. Mazda’s forthcoming dual-clutch unit — due on the 3 next year — is likely to be an option.



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By Drew Johnson

New details on Mazda’s next-generation MX-5 sports car have hit the Web. Likely to be one of the last cars to carry Mazda’s Nagare design language, look for the all-new MX-5 to hit dealers sometime in 2012.

Although the current MX-5 certainly can’t be considered a heavy weight, it is a bit porkier than the original Miata that bowed in 1989. Mazda engineers have reportedly become concerned with the MX-5’s expanding waist line, and will rectify that problem with the next-generation of the roadster.

Using the same target as the original car, Mazda has reportedly set a weight limit of 2,200 pounds for the next-gen MX-5 – translating to a weight reduction of about 300 pounds. With less mass to more around, the MX-5 will go back to its roots, ditching its current 2.0L engine for a 1.6L and an optional 1.8L.

The next MX-5 will come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but buyers will also have the choice of a new dual-clutch semi-automatic. No word if the hardtop version of the MX-5 will make it to the new version, but expected the standard car to debut sometime in 2012.



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