Next Mazda MX-5 – smaller and lighter

Next Mazda MX-5 – smaller and lighter

Mazda MX-5 superlight concept fq

The launch of the next-generation Mazda MX-5 has reportedly been delayed as far as late 2011 because of a number of major changes in store for the car. Not only is Mazda developing a new lightweight platform and more fuel-efficient powertrains, but a new coupe version is also expected to join the range.

The MX-5’s chief developer, Takao Kijima, has stated that the new model will be smaller and at least 10% lighter than the current car.

The goal for Mazda will be to make the car’s styling and proportions closer to that of the original 1989 model. However, interior space and safety features will advance over the current car due to improved engineering. Both a folding hard-top roof and a conventional fabric soft-top are expected, as well as a possible coupe.

It appears the MX-5 Superlight concept (pictured) from the recent 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show wasn’t just hot air but could be a preview of what a future version of the popular roadster would look like.

In terms of powertrains, an inside source recently revealed that it would come with a range of light and compact 1.4 and 1.6-litre engines with direct-injection and turbocharging technologies. The source also revealed that the car would probably make use of an electronic power steering system to help conserve more fuel.

Other new features could include a dual-clutch transmission as well as a revised suspension set-up. To save additional weight, Mazda may adopt new steel construction methods that enable less metal to be used in its cars’ bodies.

The new MX-5 will most likely be ready for the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

Mazda MX-5 superlight concept fq

The launch of the next-generation Mazda MX-5 has reportedly been delayed as far as late 2011 because of a number of major changes in store for the car. Not only is Mazda developing a new lightweight platform and more fuel-efficient powertrains, but a new coupe version is also expected to join the range.

The MX-5’s chief developer, Takao Kijima, has stated that the new model will be smaller and at least 10% lighter than the current car.

The goal for Mazda will be to make the car’s styling and proportions closer to that of the original 1989 model. However, interior space and safety features will advance over the current car due to improved engineering. Both a folding hard-top roof and a conventional fabric soft-top are expected, as well as a possible coupe.

It appears the MX-5 Superlight concept (pictured) from the recent 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show wasn’t just hot air but could be a preview of what a future version of the popular roadster would look like.

In terms of powertrains, an inside source recently revealed that it would come with a range of light and compact 1.4 and 1.6-litre engines with direct-injection and turbocharging technologies. The source also revealed that the car would probably make use of an electronic power steering system to help conserve more fuel.

Other new features could include a dual-clutch transmission as well as a revised suspension set-up. To save additional weight, Mazda may adopt new steel construction methods that enable less metal to be used in its cars’ bodies.

The new MX-5 will most likely be ready for the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

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