The Mazda MX-5/Miata has won the hearts of generations. You see anyone from youngsters with their souped up drift machines to retirees with their immaculate machines behind the wheel of this Japanese roadster that holds a cult status in a lot of countries. And now it continues.

While other automakers grow bigger and fatter, Mazda has remained relatively light and almost unchanged, except for a few minor design upgrades and the lack of pop-up headlights of course. Just recently we wrote about the MX-5 Superlight concept that is to be shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but according to reports, the next generation MX-5 is to be even lighter than the Superlight.

The next generation MX-5 is said to be powered by a compact four-cylinder engine and will feature a new lightweight chassis and will make its debut in 2012. Speculations and rumours will continue till we see the actual car but everything will have to be taken with a pinch of salt as Mazda is also reportedly working on a MX-2 model – a smaller MX-5 roadster. So as not to eat into the MX-2 market, the MX-5 won’t be able to go too light. Till 2012 then, don’t believe everything you hear.

Source: Auto Motor und Sport via AutoBlog