The Next-Gen MX-5 Miata to Possibly Feature a Diesel Engine

May 6th, 2013 by

2014-Mazda-MX-5-MiataThe next generation of the Mazda MX-5 Miata, due to be released in 2014, will mark a return to its European roots. Not only is Mazda developing the new Miata in tandem with Italian automaker Alfa Romeo, but a diesel option is being considered as well.

The Miata’s Singular Style

The Mazda MX-5, which has always featured a gasoline engine under the hood, is the best-selling two-seat convertible sports car of all time. Even the roadster’s diminutive stature and understated design haven’t reduced its popularity in America, where the Corvette is king. This can be partially ascribed to the incredible consistency of the Miata’s lineage. While other sports cars are continually buffeted by the winds of style, the Miata has a timeless look that hasn’t changed radically over the years. Designed as a revival of the classic British roadster, the Miata’s design has always adhered to strict principles of compactness, efficiency, and driveability, distilled into the Japanese phrase jinba ittai, meaning “the rider and horse are one.”

The Diesel Gambit

It is improbable that a diesel-powered Miata will be making its way to America anytime soon, but since so many diesel variants of popular vehicles have debuted in the last couple of years, it would be ill-advised for any automaker to dismiss what may come to be an even more profitable segment of the market.

The biggest reason to doubt the possibility of a diesel-powered Miata is the mere fact that it doesn’t reflect the soul of the Miata quite as well as conventional gasoline engines do. Diesel engines are heavier and noisier than gasoline engines, and Mazda might risk diluting the legacy of the MX-5 if the diesel version doesn’t live up to driver’s expectations.

What We Know About the Fourth-Generation MX-5

Weighing in at less than 2,200 pounds, the fourth-generation MX-5 has obviously incorporated many of the ideas that went into the MX-5 Superlight concept from 2009. Outfitted with a 1.6L SkyActiv engine, the next-gen Miata will offer impressive fuel-economy and upwards of 130 hp. Be sure to stop by your local Elgin Mazda dealership in 2014 to test-drive the latest evolution of Mazda’s classic roadster.