Saturday, September 23, 2023
News Unofficially Confirmed: Next Mazda MX-5 Will be Electrified

Unofficially Confirmed: Next Mazda MX-5 Will be Electrified

Step by step, the Mazda MX-5 will inevitably go electric

  • It won’t be electric though.

  • 48V mild-hybrid technology should join the petrol-fueled 2.0L engine.

While it’s still not entirely official, rumours and stories about the next-generation Mazda MX-5 acquiring electrification seem to have gained serious traction. Based on the source story and reason, the process will be a multi-step one.

We know that Mazda will not make any official announcement about the next MX-5 before late this year and into 2024. Or no information will be shared on the 2024 model year, if there is one. If you recall, the NB Miata was introduced in 1997 and put on the road in 1998 for the 1999 model year. As such, there was no ’98 MX-5. And it’s plausible there will be no 2024 model MX-5 as a new 2026 model year car that will be sold from 2025.

What seems fairly obvious is that the next-generation MX-5 will be electrified to the tune of a 48V mild-hybrid system bolted to an internal combustion engine. Based on Top Speed’s assessment, and we concur, this is the best, quick, and easiest way to electrify and keep weight down. Also, Mazda already offers the technology in its CX-90 SUV as well as the CX-30 and CX-60 in other markets. Finally, not only will this tech improve fuel efficiency, but it should positively impact overall output by a few ponies.

As for the Miata EV, we’re still many years away – we can wait as long as Mazda needs…

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Matt St-Pierre
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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