Mazda has been snapped testing what might grow to be the next-generation, NE MX-5.

Our spy photographers caught this white MX-5 roadster testing, carrying what appear to be wider entrance and rear fenders.

Wider fenders (albeit very properly disguised ones on the rear) level to a wider monitor or extra critical, wider wheels, each of which level to the actual fact this may very well be a brand new mannequin.

Exactly what’s going to energy the brand new MX-5 isn’t clear, however Mazda has made clear the present automobile’s ethos will stay on. That means it’s prone to be rear-wheel drive, though the present naturally-aspirated engine could also be changed by one thing with mild-hybrid backing.

Mazda has beforehand mentioned the lifecycle for its MX-5 is longer than a traditional automobile, which within the case of the present automobile means it might stay for round 10 years.

Given manufacturing of the ND began in 2015, we will count on the present MX-5 to get replaced in round 2024 or 2025.

“It’s our model icon and it’s all the time handled very specifically,” Mazda Europe’s head of product improvement and engineering instructed Autocar.

“At the second, it appears like we may have this automobile perpetually, with this dimension and idea and combustion engine. Of course, some day, we should electrify it, however we wish to maintain this pure idea.

A report from Autocar final yr indicated the NE MX-5 is in line to make use of the corporate’s Skyactiv-X petrol engine within the pursuit of additional effectivity, as a substitute of utilizing plug-in or pure-electric energy.

The Skyactiv-X engine uses alternating spark-guided compression ignition, the idea being to pair a high-revving naturally aspirated petrol’s character with greater efficiency and torque – somewhat like a diesel.

It launched in 2020 here and is currently available in the Mazda 3 and CX-30. None of those are rear-wheel drive just like the MX-5, in fact.

In these fashions, the two.0-litre petrol is named Skyactiv-X ‘M Hybrid’, referring to its belt-driven starter/generator and 24V lithium-ion battery mild-hybrid system that harvests vitality beneath deceleration.

It produces 132kW of energy and 224Nm of torque, with all of this mated to six-speed guide or computerized transmissions.

If this engine had been for use within the next-gen MX-5 it’d supply 30 per cent extra torque than the two.0-litre ‘SkyActiv-G’ engine utilized in all MX-5 fashions and will carry its 0-100km/h time beneath six seconds.

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