A few bigger SUVs and a hybrid MX-5 Miata are on the way.
We've been keeping our ear to the ground in Japan ever since we heard that Mazda was becoming more and more likely to revive the rotary. There has been plenty of interesting news surrounding the automaker's future powertrains, including a recent report detailing a high-tech twin-charged engine.
Thanks to Automotive News, we now have even more clarity on what we can expect from the company. The bottom line here is that Mazda is looking to completely revise almost its entire lineup, and that can only be good news for everyone. Keep reading to see if the car you currently drive is set for a major update and when.
We'll start with the Mazda 3, which is set to be refreshed next year with a full redesign to follow two years later. The Mazda 6 is not so lucky and will be discontinued after 2021. However, it may be revived in late 2022 on a new rear-wheel-drive platform. AWD may be an option, as may a straight-six engine. Should this plan go ahead, the 6 will be refreshed again in 2025. But what about sports cars? Is there still a future for the MX-5 Miata? As we've reported in the past, the 2022 model will likely be largely unchanged before an all-new hybrid version arrives by 2025.
Back to more mainstream offerings, the MX-30, which is set to be initially only available as a 2022 model in California, is still set to arrive this year, while the rotary range-extender variant could arrive late next year and be available in more states.
The CX-3 subcompact crossover is set to be killed off altogether, but the recently introduced CX-30 will live on and should be updated in 2023. The CX-5 won't have to wait that long and should be refreshed significantly later this year.
Future models are said to include a CX-50 in 2022 with a range of gasoline and hybrid engines, while the recent patenting of the CX-70 name suggests an even bigger SUV is part of the plans. Speaking of large crossovers, the CX-9 is reported to be due for a redesign in 2024 and will probably be renamed CX-90.
After 2025, expect most - if not all - of these cars to be reimagined as hybrids or EVs only. This is the end of the unassisted combustion engine, but Mazda could still make the future fun.