Shortly after unveiling the refreshed “ND3” MX-5 Miata, Mazda is gearing up to unveil an intriguing new concept related to their iconic roadster. Mazda recently announced that their display at the Japanese Mobility Show will be entirely dedicated to the MX-5, featuring both new and classic models alongside a “new concept car designed to symbolize the exhibit theme.”
A teaser image provides some hints about this concept, suggesting a connection to a scissor-door coupe concept that Mazda showcased the previous year. Notably, the rear lights of the new concept bear a striking resemblance to those of the previously introduced “Vision Study Model” (depicted below), which Mazda unveiled during a presentation outlining their future electrification plans.
Despite the arrival of this new concept, it’s anticipated that the current ND Miata will remain in production for a few more years, which is somewhat unusual in the fast-paced world of modern automobiles but not unprecedented for the Miata. To align with Mazda’s broader electrification strategy, the next-generation Miata is expected to feature some form of electrification, possibly a hybrid setup. Mazda has set ambitious goals, aiming for 25 percent of its vehicle lineup to be fully electric by 2030, with the remainder incorporating electric elements.
Rest assured, Mazda has no plans to retire the beloved MX-5 Miata, even as the industry pivots towards electric vehicles. A senior Mazda executive in Europe confirmed last year that the cherished sports car will “continue to exist forever.” This commitment is welcomed by fans and enthusiasts who can’t imagine a world without the enduring charm of the Miata.