Mazda Vision Study Concept Previewed As Sleek Sports Coupe
Are you the next-generation Miata? Mazda has updated its mid-term agenda by accelerating plans to embrace electrification in the coming years in light of increasingly stringent emissions regulations. While this sounds like an announcement virtually every other automaker has made or is about to, something else caught our attention. Although it's not mentioned in the press release, an accompanying video shows a mysterious sports coupe. What is it? A "Vision Study Model" for now.
A 36-minute video posted on Mazda Japan's official channel features President and CEO Akira Marumota talking about the steps the automaker needs to take to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The last five minutes of the video reflect Mazda's "vision for the future" and the first thing that you will see, the MX-5 is ND. Prior to the introduction of the white coupe, previous generations of the beloved Miata also appear.
Although we're tempted to say this is an early look at the fifth-generation MX-5, we might be getting ahead of ourselves. After all, the painfully beautiful Vision Coupe concept from 2017 never materialized into a production car. But what if it's just another Miata after all? The concept illustrates a coupe with a fixed metal roof, which has happened before, as NB received an actual coupe derivative in Japan, where only 179 units were sold.
Logic tells us that those butterfly doors are reserved for this concept, as the subsequent production car would have the regular setup. With zero details shared by Mazda, we can only speculate as to what the concept may depict. It has the proportions of a rear-wheel drive car, judging by the short rear end and long hood to house the longitudinally mounted engine.
The Japanese automaker is committed to keeping the RWD + ICE formula alive for the next-generation Miata. However, some form of electrification is expected to meet the stricter emissions regulations we mentioned earlier. The bulging fenders are an MX-5 signature, while the round, halved taillights make us think of the NB.
Overall, the concept strikes us as looking small enough to be a Miata, rather than something more sophisticated to revive the RX. The rotary engine officially returns in 2023, but only to serve as a range extender rather than for use in sports cars. Recall that an interesting MX-5 test mule was spotted a few months ago, so a new sports car is surely on the way.