Mazda Considering a Diesel-Powered MX-5 Miata

May 13th, 2013 by

2013-Mazda-MX-5-MiataThe Mazda MX-5 Miata is an iconic two-door roadster convertible that offers drivers a fast, sporty ride without paying out the nose. We at Biggers Mazda have exciting news, as the MX-5’s next generation will be a completely new version of the popular car, and might feature a diesel engine option. While certainly unusual for this type of car, a diesel powertrain would offer plenty of power and outstanding fuel economy.

Mazda Partnering With Alfa Romeo

Earlier this year in January, Mazda announced they had partnered with Alfa Romeo for the redesign of the Mazda MX-5 and the Alfa Romeo Spider. Lest Mazda fans be worried, the two vehicles will share a RWD platform, but don’t expect it to suddenly become an Italian sports car. The Alfa Spider will have unique styling to differentiate it from the Miata. Both vehicles will feature a standard six-speed manual transmission, and fall in below 2000 pounds. Mazda will build both vehicles at their plant in Hiroshima.

Possible Powertrain Options

Mazda has already decided on the base engine, which will apparently be a 1.6L capable of 130 hp. As usual for Mazda, they’re also planning on a few higher-performance engines. They’re trying to keep the car light and fuel economy high, which is the challenge; Mazda also wants to keep the car naturally aspirated, so don’t expect to see a turbocharged powertrain anytime soon.

One option might be to use or develop a more powerful SkyActiv powertrain. Mazda is also considering adopting a diesel engine, as they are starting to pop up in some American sedans, but they still aren’t very popular. There haven’t been too many diesel-powered roadsters out there either, which is likely making Mazda cautious. We wouldn’t put it past them to try it, though. We’ll see what happens.

Test Drive the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata at Biggers Mazda

The next generation Mazda will likely emerge next year as a 2015 model. In the meantime, we have the 2013 MX-5 Miata ready for you to test drive at our dealership. Experience this tight-handling, fun convertible at Biggers Mazda in Elgin. Contact our Mazda dealership to schedule a test drive or learn more about the current model.

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