Japanese carmaker Mazda wants to make most of their new design language and will implement it to the next gen MX-5 that is set to roll out by 2012.
Mazda has been contemplating about revising their sports car strategy after getting feedback that the current version of the MX-5 is too heavy to fulfill its original ethos.
The new MX-5 is a good candidate for the Nagare design lines inspired by elements from nature like the water and the wind. Mazda was able to produce nice concepts using these design lines back in 2007 and 2006.
The Nagare will be used for the upcoming MX-5 but it will not be used anymore for any concept vehicles. Mazda will implement their next design language come autumn.
The use of the Nagare lines for the next MX-5 was contested within the company since some felt that the MPV is not deserving of the treatment.
The original plan of the MX-5 has the numbers set to 1,000 kilograms upon development. Mazda still has the same numbers planned for the new Mazda MX 5. The engineers are still trying to figure out the options for the powerplant of the sportscar. It will most likely get the Sky-G type petrol engine with 1.6L and 1.8L variants. The engine will be coupled with a manual transmission with six speeds. Another option will be to pair it with the new dual clutch transmission.