The carmaker won’t transfer the MX-5 to its small automotive platform and proceed with an ICE so long as doable.
Mazda says it’s dedicated to protecting the components of its venerable Mazda MX-5 sports activities automotive intact even because it embarks on a technique to closely overhaul, broaden and electrify its line-up within the coming years.
- Mazda confirms it can launch a spread of electrified SUVs
- MX-5 can have a 10-year life cycle: Mazda European head
- MX-5 might utilise the Skyactiv-X combustion expertise
SUVs are the best way ahead
The agency has confirmed that it’s going to launch a spread of electrified SUVs atop its new rear-driven platform and three new pure-electric vehicles on its smaller, front-driven structure, as utilized by the Mazda 3 hatchback and Mazda MX-30 EV. Nevertheless, it has up to now stated little about how the 33-year-old roadster matches into that technique.
Now, although, Mazda’s European head of product growth and engineering Joachim Kunz has given sturdy hints that the MX-5 will likely be thought-about fully individually to the extra mainstream fashions that underpin the agency’s development, with a view to sustaining its fanatic attraction.
MX-5 will proceed in ICE format
“It’s our model icon and it’s at all times handled very specifically,” Kunz advised our sister publication Autocar Enterprise. “In the meanwhile, it appears like we can have this automotive endlessly, with this dimension and idea and combustion engine. In fact, some day, we should electrify it, however we need to maintain this pure idea.”
Crucially, the corporate has no intention of transferring the MX-5 over to its small automotive structure, as that will imply sacrificing its character defining rear-driven structure.
Kunz acknowledged that Mazda’s Europe division has much less affect over the MX-5 than it does with different fashions as a result of it “is the child of headquarters” in Japan, the place engineers are dedicated to carrying its core traits over into new generations.
Kunz defined that the MX-5 has an extended life cycle than different Mazda fashions – “having one technology for 10 years isn’t an issue for us”, which suggests a substitute for the present ND-generation automotive might not break cowl till 2024.
One risk is that the MX-5 will exploit the carmaker’s revolutionary Skyactiv-X combustion expertise, which serves to scale back consumption and increase torque within the Mazda 3, with out the necessity for a turbocharger and might be deployed along with a mild-hybrid system.