Mazda is ready to disclose a subtly revised model of its MX-5 sports activities automobile within the coming weeks.
A possible replace was hinted at on Mazda’s Japanese web site, which confirmed that gross sales of the present MX-5 have been stopped in lieu of a reveal within the subsequent few weeks.
“Apart from some specs, gross sales of the present mannequin have been discontinued,” the web site mentioned, translated from Japanese to English. “The announcement of the brand new mannequin is scheduled for this winter.”
Mazda UK has confirmed to Autocar that the replace is an easy model-year change, shifting from model-year 2021 to model-year 2022, and the specification and technical ranges will stay unchanged.
Meaning important tweaks to the design or powertrains at the moment on supply usually are not anticipated. It stays to be confirmed whether or not Mazda will replace the MX-5’s infotainment to deliver it into line with the newer 3, CX-30 and CX-5.
Mazda hasn’t revealed any additional official particulars, akin to a launch date, however extra data will probably be disclosed nearer to the mannequin’s unveiling.
Whereas this seems to be a small replace for the MX-5, a next-generation mannequin is because of arrive round 2024 and is prone to retain petrol energy relatively than change to an totally electrified powertrain.
The agency’s design chief, Ikuo Maeda, beforehand advised retaining the MX-5 as light-weight as attainable was key in solidifying its future, a philosophy that may be hindered if heavy batteries have been added to the mannequin.
“We need to have a look at the very best powertrain to maintain the automobile light-weight, however due to the diversifying necessities and choice, we have to discover varied choices,” Maeda informed Autocar, emphasising that the MX-5 ought to be a automobile that “folks can personal with out worrying that they aren’t being eco-friendly.”