The current generation of the Mazda MX-5 Miata was launched back in 2016, so to hear that the model could be getting a redesign in 2024 isn’t shocking. Much of the time when a car is redesigned, the attention to what is different is split between appearance and performance. With this redesign, however, most of the focus currently seems to be on the MX-5 Miata’s engine, though that isn’t the only feature that may be getting a change.
To start, it is likely that the exterior of the car may be modeled after the Vision Coupé concept, which has also helped to influence the appearance of the MX-30, CX-30, and the Mazda3. This would mean an overall simple yet striking design with slim, angular headlights and a new shape for the front grille. Though it’s reasonable to expect that they may not stick too closely to the Vision’s concept if that is the route they take.
The redesign is likely to touch the inside as well. To help bring the MX-5 Miata into the present day, we expect that the infotainment systems may be upgraded, digital dials could be used, and the switchgear may receive a smoother design, all along with a newer dashboard to complete an updated transformation.
For the engine, in a move that seemed to surprise some, Mazda has decided to use a petrol engine in the newest MX-5 Miata rather than switching over to a battery powertrain or hybrid. Considering the automaker released its first BEV last year, the MX-30, many expected them to continue down the same route other automakers are taking. But Mazda launched its Skyactiv-X petrol engine technology in 2020 and seems to want to stick with it, as Autocar reports that Mazda has confirmed they will continue to use Skyactiv-X tech in some new vehicles that have been built specifically for these engines.
Mazda claims that the spark-controlled compression ignition used in Skyactiv-X improves performance and efficiency, with some European-market models having no turbocharger in order to avoid a possible lag in acceleration. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder Skyactiv-X engine like the one that is likely to be used in the MX-5 Miata supposedly produces around 30% more torque than a Skyactiv-G engine of the same size, which could take the zero to 60 mph time to below six seconds.
Mazda seems hopeful that by using this new technology it can produce cars that achieve the focus of high performance at a lower weight while also being environmentally conscious. To do this, Mazda has equipped these engines with a belt-driven mild-hybrid system that should somewhat lower CO2 emissions while keeping the cars lighter than ones with electric motors.