Throughout Mazda’s presentation of its revised mid-term management plan, the corporate ended by exhibiting us a two-door sports activities automotive idea known as the Imaginative and prescient Research Mannequin. This comes after we get a number of pictures of the present state of the world and other people having a jolly time in several MX-5 (also referred to as the Miata and Roadster) generations. The latter has led to hypothesis that the idea is a preview for an all-electric model of the MX-5 will arrive sooner or later.
The Japanese carmaker isn’t revealing a lot in the best way of particulars for now, however primarily based on video, we will see the Imaginative and prescient Research Mannequin’s uncovered chassis and what seems to be a T-shaped battery – be aware the dearth of any inside combustion engine.
As for the remainder of the idea, it boasts a moderately fetching design with its butterfly doorways, outstanding haunches, break up round taillights and slender headlamps that resemble pop-ups. The proportions are additionally MX-5-esque and paying homage to the fourth-generation ND model, with the exaggerated entrance finish bearing a low cowl resulting in a large nostril with an illuminated Mazda brand.
Sure, it isn’t a convertible that the MX-5 is popularly is named, however the firm has carried out a hardtop MX-5 earlier than with the second-generation NB (identified in Japan because the Roadster Coupe). The present ND can be out there in RF guise with a retractable hardtop.
Final yr, the Japanese carmaker mentioned it was looking for to electrify the MX-5 in an effort to have all its fashions characteristic some type of electrification by 2030. Referring to the corporate’s three-phase roadmap, electrified powertrains like hybrids, plug-in hybrids and gentle hybrids will probably be frequent within the firm’s line-up earlier than it commits to a full-scale launch of EVs from 2028.
As such, the MX-5 might obtain some form of hybrid powertrain earlier than it goes absolutely electrical by the top of the last decade. In fact, Mazda has not confirmed something of the type simply but, and idea automobiles don’t at all times make the leap to collection manufacturing. Keep in mind the gorgeous RX-Vision and Vision Coupe? In any case, dreaming is free, and we will solely hope that there’s extra to the Imaginative and prescient Research Mannequin past simply being a design showcase.