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Next-Generation Mazda MX-5 to Gain Mild-Hybrid Power

Mild-hybrid technology will keep the Mazda MX-5 true to its roots and give it a power boost

  • The “NE” is due out in 2024.

  • It will feature a Skyactiv-X engine powertrain.

  • Full EV components are still too heavy for the Miata.

The Mazda MX-5 is sacred. There’s no overlooking the fact that the world’s most popular roadster has to remain a certain way, namely svelte, peppy, and unburdened. Because of this, Mazda is not quite ready to fully electrify the MX-5 but they are hybridizing it for the next generation.

2021 Mazda MX-5 | Photo: Mazda

The key that will make the NE-generation Mazda MX-5 viable is a Skyactiv-X engine which will feature mild-hybrid technology. Skyactiv-X engines are already available in numerous markets and deliver, from the currently smallest-available 2.0-litre displacement, 184 horsepower. More importantly, torque output hovers near the 200 lb.-ft. mark.

When compared to the current Skyactiv-G 2.0-litre engine and its 181 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft. of torque, the NE should feel considerably quicker. Autocar adds that a manual transmission should continue to be offered with the new Miata as its availability is very much in line with the car’s customer base.

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The Mazda MX-5, above all, must remain lightweight and nimble. This explains why a fully electric MX-5 is, for the moment, not viable or even desirable. The NE with MHEV technology should be quite fuel-efficient and even more fun to drive.

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Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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