Next-generation Mazda MX-5 could go hybrid or diesel

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 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.

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Source: Drive