Mazda sports car to launch next year with lightweight platform and SkyActiv engines, plus sister car from Fiat or Abarth in development
21 March 2014

The upcoming Mazda MX-5 will use an all-new lightweight platform and will be powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine when it goes on sale next year, a senior engineering source has revealed.

The rear-drive platform has been designed from the ground-up and incorporates learnings from the firm’s SkyActiv programme, specifically with the chassis and body, which underpins its recent model range.

The engine is also a SkyActiv unit, a 1.5-litre normally aspirated powerplant called SkyActiv-G that has just been launched in the new Mazda 3 with outputs of 99bhp and 111lb ft of torque. A 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G engine is also tipped to be launched.

This engine has long been assumed to feature in the new MX-5 in a likely higher state of tune, but the source gave the clearest hint yet that this was fact. 

If the new MX-5 goes on sale in 2015, it will coincide with what would be the 25th anniversary since the original was launched on these shores. Insiders who have seen the final design describe it as “really beautiful”.

Mazda insiders are still debating whether the market is there or not for a compact roadster like the MX-5, but know the car brings huge value to its brand, and equipped with its SkyActiv technology believes it can become a posterchild for its engineering principles.

To achieve economies of scale, the MX-5 is being developed built alongside a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles model, originally announced as an Alfa Romeo.

However, with Fiat chief Sergio Marchionne insistent that any future Alfa would only be built in Italy, the MX-5’s sister model is likely now to wear a Fiat or Abarth badge, something which our source indicates had yet to be fully communicated by Fiat to Mazda. 

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21 March 2014
I think they will do the 1.5 at 124bhp and market it as same power as the 1.8 but vastly more efficient and cheaper to run, and faster due to car being lighter. I think a mistake to do a 2.0 MX5, better to force charge the 1.5 and give it 180bhp.

21 March 2014
render looks long nose, I hope that would be the outcome. under a ton perhaps? should look interesting if we were to assume recent mazda style and consistency. I wonder if mazda would do a stripped out version, lack of sound deadening, no air-conditioner, audio.

21 March 2014
Wow, i really am liking the whole mindset that mazda is using to build this new mx-5. They have always been quite lovely little things.

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21 March 2014
... given this was designed to replace the classic Brit 2 seater sportscar (MG Midget, Triumph Spitfire etc). Its now outlived those classics. The only alternatives are hardcore weekend cars like the Caterham and Elise, and weedy-wobbly-expensive mainstream cabriolets (arguably hardly worth mentioning here).

21 March 2014
My only hope is that the MX5 FINALLY gets an engine worthy of its fluid chassis ... If it does, it will sell like hot cakes ...

21 March 2014
and it had better be very lightweight or IMO its not going to cut it, unless Mazda finally bite the bullet and get into some forced air? And I would hate to see the MX5 fade away.

21 March 2014
It would be nice if the FiatChrysler version were badged, styled and hopefully priced as a Fiat Barchetta - referencing one of the MX-5's more delightful mid-90's competitors.

21 March 2014
Bangbox wrote:
It would be nice if the FiatChrysler version were badged, styled and hopefully priced as a Fiat Barchetta - referencing one of the MX-5's more delightful mid-90's competitors.
The barchetta was only driven by females and homosexuals, real men wouldn't be seen dead in one.

21 March 2014
KiwiRob wrote:
Bangbox wrote:
It would be nice if the FiatChrysler version were badged, styled and hopefully priced as a Fiat Barchetta - referencing one of the MX-5's more delightful mid-90's competitors.
The barchetta was only driven by females and homosexuals, real men wouldn't be seen dead in one.
Well darling just do that and maybe a VW Beetle whilst you are at it. - So nice to have people exchange real life thoughts without recriminations

what's life without imagination

21 March 2014
KiwiRob wrote:
Bangbox wrote:
It would be nice if the FiatChrysler version were badged, styled and hopefully priced as a Fiat Barchetta - referencing one of the MX-5's more delightful mid-90's competitors.
The barchetta was only driven by females and homosexuals, real men wouldn't be seen dead in one.
Well darling just do that and maybe a VW Beetle whilst you are at it. - So nice to have people exchange real life thoughts without recriminations

what's life without imagination

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