Next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata to get SKY-G engine, up to 50 mpg fuel-economy

Mazda MX-5 Superlight Concept

Word on the street is that there are a lot of upgrades in the works for the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata. While no official announcements have been made, Inside Line says that the next Mazda MX-5 will be smaller than the current model and should weigh in around 2,200 pounds.

Power is expected to come from Mazda’s new SKY-G engine that was introduced at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. The naturally-aspirate 1.3L gasoline 4-cylinder engine is expected to produce near 150-hp while helping the roadster deliver more than 50 mpg. Some sources say it will be capable of achieving up to¬†70 mpg.

That means the that the next-generation Mazda MX-5 will also get fuel-saving technologies such as the automaker’s i-stop idling stop system, regenerative braking¬†and much more.

Expect the next Mazda MX-5 Miata to debut in 2011.

– By: Kap Shah

Source: Inside Line