The next generation Mazda MX-5 will be delayed to late 2011 due to major changes in store for the car. To make the wait worth, Mazda is not only developing a new lightweight platform and more fuel efficient powertrains, but it is also expected to throw in a new coupe version to this much loved and legendary range as well.
Takao Kijima, the chief engineer of MX-5 has reported that the new model will be smaller and will weigh atleast 10% lighter than the current car. The weight reduction will most likely mean the maker will likely install a smaller and lighter engine, which is believed come with a range of light and compact 1.4 and 1.6 litre engines with direct-injection and turbocharging technologies.
Mazda’s ambition is to still keep the car’s styling and proportions close to that of the original 1989 model while interor space and safety features will be far more advanced over the current car due to the improvement in engineering. Both a folding hard-top roof and a conventional fabric soft-top are expected, as well as a possible coupe.
In addition,the new features will include a dual-cluth transmission as well as revised suspension set up. The new MX-5 will most likely be ready for the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.