Mazda teases new sports car concept ahead of Japan Mobility Show

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Mazda’s upcoming concept car May offer a glimpse of the future of the MX-5 Miata

Mazda has provided a tantalizing glimpse of an upcoming sports car concept set to debut at the Japan Mobility Show 2023. While the exact details remain shrouded in mystery, the concept is believed to be connected to the MX-5 Miata lineup. The event’s theme, “The future created by the ‘love of cars,'” hints at an exciting concept that could provide insight into Mazda’s vision for its iconic sports car.

A Familiar Teaser Image Sparks Speculation
The teaser image released by Mazda showcases a partially obscured view of the concept car. It reveals a distinctive taillight design, the Mazda script, and a lighting element located on the lower bumper. Observers have noted the familiarity of this teaser image, raising the possibility that it may not be an entirely new concept.

In November of the previous year, Mazda introduced a Vision Study Model through a digital preview, offering a glimpse of its vision for the automotive landscape in 2030. While the model was not a convertible, it featured design elements reminiscent of the original MX-5 Miata, including pop-up headlights and circular taillights. The circular lighting element in the teaser image appears to correspond with the Vision Study Model, suggesting that the new concept could be a physical realization of that digital vision.

The MX-5 Miata’s electrified future
Mazda is committed to electrifying its iconic MX-5 Miata, which may involve hybrid or fully electric powertrains. However, Mazda’s top priority is maintaining the core characteristics that have defined the MX-5, such as being lightweight, affordable, and fun to drive. The automaker aims to create an electric Miata that preserves these essential traits, ensuring it remains a lightweight, enjoyable, and everyday sports car.

A fully electric Miata is not expected until closer to 2035. In the meantime, the current ND-generation MX-5 Miata is set to continue evolving while remaining true to its roots, akin to the Porsche 911’s evolution from a simple platform.

The new concept car’s unveiling at the Japan Mobility Show 2023 on October 28 promises to provide enthusiasts with a glimpse of Mazda’s vision for the future of the MX-5 Miata, offering potential insights into the brand’s electrified sports car aspirations.