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.
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.
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.