Last week at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, Mazda took the covers off the 2009 Mazda MX-5. Mazda made no changes to the architecture or the powertrain of the new MX-5 but according to the model’s program manager Takao Kijima, the next-generation Mazda MX-5 could have a hybrid or diesel engine to increase the roadster’s fuel-economy.
Kijima said that Mazda is looking to cut the weight of the MX-5 by 10 percent and is looking at a hybrid or diesel powertrain only if the performance of the car is not affected.
“I would say the chance of a diesel or hybrid engine is more than 50 per cent,” Kijima told Drive.com.au. However, Kijima said no firm decision has been made.
Kijima said that Mazda needs to look at many things before coming to a final decision like the weight of the hybrid system or whether the balance of 50/50 front/rear is affected.
2009 Mazda MX-5: