The Mazda MX-5 Roadster, known in some markets as the Miata, will be electrified in one form or another in the new generation – most likely, it will receive a hybrid power plant, but it also has a small chance of turning into an electric car. There are no other options to stay on the assembly line at the two-door, as Mazda announced that by 2030 all models of the Japanese brand will be electrified in order to meet the stricter emission standards.
According to Kuruma, citing its own sources at Mazda, the new Mazda MX-5 sports car will inevitably become a hybrid. The manufacturer promises to make every effort to keep the new roadster as light and affordable as it always was, but this will have to make inevitable compromises. By 2030, Mazda has promised to electrify all of its models in one form or another – including the iconic sports two-door. This does not mean at all that the MX-5 will become an electric car – there should be only a quarter of such in the model range of the Japanese company by the indicated date. The remaining 75 percent are hybrid vehicles. The roadster will be one of them.
Of course, Mazda will have to solve the problem of additional mass, which will appear with the addition of batteries. Whether the new MX-5 is a hybrid or an electric car, it is bound to get heavier, and the low weight has always been the advantage of the Japanese roadster. However, the hybrid still seems to be more advantageous in this regard – it does not need a large battery. On the other hand, an electric car would definitely be more promising, although the MX-5 occupies a very small share of Mazda’s global sales.
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