Having launched the ND3 MX-5 in Japan final month, Mazda is not directly saying the present era of the little sports activities automotive is sticking round for a few years, if not even longer. In an interview with CarsGuide, Shigeki Saito, the Miata’s Programme Supervisor, revealed the fourth-gen mannequin shouldn’t be going anyplace: “For so long as potential we would prefer to preserve ND, after which in fact we would prefer to fulfill compliance with so many rules.”
When inquired a couple of potential launch date for the next-generation mannequin, Saito appeared that it is not coming anytime quickly: “We have no particular timeframe.” He defined Mazda is in no rush to switch the present automotive as a result of electrifying the roadster would make it too heavy to stay as much as the MX-5’s light-weight ethos. Ideally, the Zoom-Zoom firm desires to attend for batteries to get smaller and lighter earlier than launching an electrical MX-5.
Within the meantime, the ND3 shouldn’t be the final replace deliberate for the present MX-5. Saito revealed that plans are already in movement “to make one thing very cool.” He went on to say the Japanese automaker is “desirous about cool particular editions.” He did not go into any particulars, however we would not exclude a 35th anniversary mannequin in 2024 contemplating the NA went on sale in 1989. In 2014, there was a particular version to mark the 25th anniversary.
One can solely hope there can be some attention-grabbing colors contemplating the ND3 solely introduced the Aero Grey Metallic paint. The final particular variant, the 30th Anniversary mannequin, got here in a vibrant Racing Orange hue. Soul Pink Crystal stays a pleasant color, but it surely has been round for a few years and a few folks need one thing new.
It appears to be like as if the ND will change into the longest-running era contemplating it was unveiled in 2014. By the best way, a particular version celebrating a decade of the ND in 2024 additionally appears believable, though the present MX-5 technically entered manufacturing in early 2015. That would imply an anniversary mannequin will arrive in 2025, supplied it is a type of “very cool” particular editions talked about by Saito.
Regardless of the case could also be, Saito added they “love to do no matter we are able to, utilising the ND, as a result of we predict that the ND has a really excessive potential, subsequently we would love to do all the pieces – no matter we are able to do.”