• Aug 18th 2009 at 9:58AM
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Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Mazda MX-5 (or Miata) has shown remarkable resilience to the bloating trends of age. While other automakers tend to make new cars bigger and fatter with each successive generation, notwithstanding the optional retractable hardtop version, the Mazda roadster has remained relatively compact and light on its feet. But while the MX-5 Superlight concept due to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show takes the current Miata into ever lighter territory, reports suggest that the next-generation model could prove even lighter.
With a compact four-cylinder engine and lightweight chassis, the replacement for the current MX-5 is reportedly being prepared for its debut in 2012. What this would mean, however, for the fate of the reputed MX-2 – a speculated sub-Miata roadster – remains to be seen.

[Source: Auto Motor und Sport]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Huh. The smiley face actually works with that rendering.

      I suppose it's because this MX-5 is much more angular than the curvaceous cars currently in the Mazda line-up.

      Either way, I kind of like it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      that rendering is very sexy btw

      beats today's bubbly MX-5 by a million
      • 6 Years Ago
      Smaller it doesn't need to get, it already a very girlie car. However, lighter is never bad thing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You've clearly never seen an MX-5 dropped to the ground, stripped out with a huge roll bar dominating your vision.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Where is everyone getting this "SMALLER" reference from? I didn't see that word anywhere in the entire article, except when mentioning the supposed MX-2 model. It has referenced "lighter" several times over, which as others have pointed out can be done in several ways (materials used mostly). Mazda has done a remarkable job on keeping it cars (even though they get larger), relatively close to the same weight. Even if they stretched the car a few inches each way (longer & wider about 3 inches), it would still be relatively compact but could give a 6fter the space they need to fit comfortably in it. Since transmissions are become lighter as technology advances, as well as more powerful fuel efficient engines, the next MX-5 maybe the best one yet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Arg, smaller does not bode well for my chances of ever fitting comfortably into a Miata/MX-5. The current gen is OK, but not good enough for me to actually buy one. I guess being taller than 6' still isn't a priority down at Mazda.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Smaller doesn't mean they can't keep the passenger area the same size or even increase it. A smaller car could use a smaller engine/transmission and open up more footwell space. The seats could be lowered or the windshield (and therefore roof) could be made taller. There's lots of possibilities if you alter your thinking and quit thinking: "Smaller means EVERYWHERE." It doesn't have to.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they can make it look even close to that rendering it will be a very sexy car. Its the first "mazda grin" that doesnt look completely dopey (Im looking at you Mazda3...).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mazda Engineers have devised a plan to reduce weight in MX5. They say its the only place they could reduce weight without sacrificing driveability, comfort or quality.

      simply call 1-800-597-Jenny to get started today!

      • 6 Years Ago
      I would like to see a 3 door hatch built on the MX-5 underpinnings. Little RWD sporty hatch would be the bees knees for me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Amen, brother. If the Mazda3 hatchback were RWD I'd have two in my driveway-- I've been hoping for a Miata-based hatch for years. Honestly I'd probably have an RX-8 if it had MX-5 running gear, as I'm not a huge fan of the rotary.
      • 6 Years Ago
      a car smaller than that like the proposed MX-2 would be a kei car like the cappuccino and hence not have enough room for a relatively powerful engine (150hp+) unless it came from a liter bike. smaller it need not get. lighter is fine
      • 6 Years Ago
      The rendering does not follow their current design trend. Their smiley faces are more curved, not cut and angular as in the rendering and the front wheel arches are stretched more and have the downward hook on the back end of the arch. This rendering is how a Mazda should look, but is not reflective of an actual Mazda.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dear Mazda,
      How about 1.8 liters, 180 hp, sub 2000 lbs (any more power and I'd kill myself)....and keep the A/C cause it's friggen hot in Texas. I drive my '95 with the top down and AC on high (we've had about 2 months of 100 degree days this summer), just need to turn the A/C off when i start on a hill, or when some punk in a stock Corolla wants to race ;)

      Also, dump the power windows/mirrors/locks, and how about a waterproof interior?

      and for goodness sakes, quit selling it with an automatic, that's just an abomination.
      Thats all i got.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not a fan of the NC, but that is a good looking little sports car.

      With a top that folds top-side-up, and without losing what room it has, and gaining some good looking bodywork... that could actually finally replace our NB Miata.

      The NC miata isn't it.

      And, Mazda... build it to be compatible with the DISI turbo engine... thanks. :D

      Oh, and one more thing.... A COUPE VERSION, PLEASE!!!!
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