According to recent reports we can expect to see the new MX-5 Miata some time in 2026.

Mazda is reportedly working on a new hybrid powertrain that they will reveal in 2025 and it's likely that will be used to power the MX-5 Miata.

It appears that Mazda is doing just that according to a report from Which Car (via CarBuzz). Which Car says it was "tipped" that the next MX-5 would arrive in 2026 and at the moment Mazda is "exploring ways to electrify" the roadster. Recently Mazda revealed its time line for making the transition to BEVs by 203o and part of the plan is to reveal a new hybrid powertrain by 2025.

Considering the timing it seems likely that the next Mazda MX-5 roaster will be a hybrid rather than a BEV. The question is how Mazda will adapt hybrid tech to a small sports car?

One of the hallmarks of the MX-5 is its lightweight chassis and weight balance. Can Mazda keep the MX-5 svelte with an electric motor and battery pack? We suppose we will find out in about four years. It's not an impossible task by any stretch but it could be quite difficult.

Mazda could explore using lightweight materials such as carbon fiber to save weight but that will most certainly drive up the price. Affordability is another hallmark of the Mazda MX-5 so the automaker will need to perform quite the balancing act to keep the next roaster light, sporty, and inexpensive.

As far as how the next MX-5 will look, the Mazda Vision Study concept that was teased during the automaker's mid-term presentation may have provided a hint at its design language. While the Vision Study concept car is a coupe, we imagine that it wouldn't be difficult for Mazda's designers to adapt it into a drop top quite easily.

Will Mazda really do everything they can to keep the spirit of the MX-5 alive? It seems beneficial for them to do so. Though, they did completely give up on the rotary engine despite constant gaslighting that it would live on, so we wouldn't blame you for being skeptical.