The all-new Mazda MX-5 Miata (North American model)

Mazda MX-5 Release: US version upgraded with 25% improvement in fuel economy from previous model

On April 24, Mazda North American Operations announced that the fuel economy for the all-new MX-5 Miata has been enhanced by 25% from its previous model.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata, aka the US version of the Roadster, will not feature the 1.5-liter inline 4-cylinder SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine equipped on the Japanese Roadster, which generates 131ps of maximum output and 15.3kgm of maximum torque.

Instead, it will come loaded with a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine. This 2.0-liter system offers an additional 24ps of maximum output (at 155hp) and 5.2kgm of maximum torque (at 20.5kgm) compared to its Japanese counterpart.

Mazda has announced that the fuel economy for the new MX-5 Miata is an EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)-estimated 11.5km/liter in the city, 14.5km/liter on highways, and 12.8km/liter combined for the SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual transmission.

According to Mazda North American Operations, these figures represent a 25% improvement from the previous MX-5, which is due to weight-saving initiatives and the effectiveness of adopting their SKYACTIV technology. President and CEO of Mazda North American Operations, Jim O’Sullivan said, “The new MX-5 is a sports car that provides all targets that consumers want.”

(Translated by Travis Yamabata)