"Speaking to Australia's Which Car?, Mazda's Senior Managing Executive Officer Yasuhiro Aoyama said the next-gen MX-5 will be timed to arrive after the implementation of Euro 7 emissions standards, which take effect July 2025. The outlet specifies it was "tipped" the car could arrive in 2026. Because those standards will cinch even tighter around internal combustion engines than the Euro 6 standards do, Mazda has previously confirmed to The Drive that the next MX-5 will be electrified—Aoyama reportedly emphasized that the car's lightweight legacy will be respected.
The next MX-5's makeup was further elaborated on by Mazda's chief designer Akira Tamatani, who said to expect a shape influenced by the Vision Study concept revealed last month. Crucially, Tamatani also had a couple of things to say about its drivetrain: It won't be powered by Mazda's new turbo inline six, and Mazda hasn't decided what form of electrification its drivetrain would use."