The goal to send the Mazda MX-5 Miata back to its roots with a serious weight-saving scheme is not new. Mazda's engineers received the task to drop at least 720 pounds off the Miata's current weight. The company expects that the next-generation Miata will be close to the base 1989 model, which weighted 2,178 pounds.
The new generation Mazda MX-5 Miata's body will be lighter compared to the current model, and not only because of the size decrease, but also due to the use of high-tensile steel and a lightweight powerplant. The 1.5-liter SkyAktiv engine rated at 125-150 horsepower will be changed to a 1.4-liter one, but the performance will probably stay the same due to a turbocharger and direct injection system. Fuel consumption can be as high as 50 miles per gallon with such motor.
Mazda is going to make the new vehicle more compact than the current MX-5 Miata. The next-generation car will be sparsely furnished inside and feature the absence of dashboard glove box.