New, lighter 2014 Mazda MX-5 planned

There is plenty of interest in the new Mazda MX-5, which is set to go on sale in Mazda dealerships in 2014, because of its popularity in the UK.

It is the world’s best-selling open-top sports car thanks to its low weight, responsive handling and powerful engines.

However, the move to downgrade the engine, possibly to a 1.3-litre, should not affect performance because it is expected to come with a turbocharger to boost power.

This means the car will be more efficient and cheaper to run than the current model. Meanwhile, Mazda plans to cut the weight of the lightweight sports car even further, meaning it could offer as much 50mpg of fuel economy.

Full details about the eagerly-anticipated Mazda MX-5 have not been revealed by the manufacturer but its pursuit of ever greener petrol and diesel engines under the name of its Skyactiv technology indicate the next MX-5 will benefit from the same improvements in environmental performance as the likes of the Mazda2 and Mazda3 in recent times.

The current Mazda MX-5 is fairly frugal as it is, offering as much as 37.2mpg thanks to its lightweight design – something which is also designed to improve the ride and handling of the car.

It also comes with 50:50 weight distribution to improve balance and agility around corners, one of the key aspects of a sports car.

The Mazda MX-5 convertible, available in soft-top or hard-top variations, starts from £17,245 on-the-road and currently comes with a choice of 1.8-litre or 2.0-litre petrol engines.

The new Mazda MX-5 is available to buy from Mazda dealerships in the UK now. A new model will be introduced in 2014.