It seems not all sports cars are immune to becoming electrified. As emission regulations around the world become stricter, automakers are forced to adapt and make changes to their vehicles in order to meet the new emission standards.
Mazda Philippines is already offering the 2022 Mazda3 with mild-hybrid power. But in the future, the MX-5 will also reportedly come with a mild-hybrid system. According to a report by Autocar UK, the next-generation roadster will be powered by Mazda's new SkyActiv-X series of engines.
Unlike the current SkyActiv-G motor, the new engine will reportedly make 30% more torque, while also consuming less fuel. With the SkyActiv-X's spark-controlled compression ignition, the engine essentially performs like a diesel engine but releases fewer emissions.
But in order to fully take advantage of the vehicle's cleaner emissions and improved pulling power, Mazda will reportedly put a mild-hybrid system on the next-generation MX-5. Should this be true, this will be the first time that the MX-5 roadster will be available with a mild-hybrid setup, as well as come with the new SkyActiv-X engine.
No exact output figures have been revealed just yet. Currently, the MX-5's 2.0-liter engine makes 184 PS with 205 Nm of torque. While already impressive, we wouldn't be surprised if the roadster will make over 200 PS and more than 230 Nm of torque with the new SkyActiv-X mild-hybrid powertrain. And since this is a two-seater sports car, expect it to continue to be available with a six-speed manual transmission (apart from a six-speed automatic).
With the SkyActiv-X already seeing use in the Mazda3 and CX-30 across various markets, it's no surprise Mazda has decided to put it in the next-generation MX-5. But with 2024 still a few years away, we'll have to patiently wait before the automaker officially reveals it.