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This 2025 Mazda Miata EV Concept Render Proves The Answer Is Still And Always Miata

Want an affordable sports car? It’s the Mazda Miata. Want a small daily driver that’s reliable? Still Miata. How about a track-day toy that can shame more powerful sports cars around a racetrack? Good ol’ Miata once again.

Soon enough though, the Miata will also be the answer to the so-far unanswered question: what do you get when you want a two-door electric sports car?

This 2026 Mazda MX-5 Miata EV render designed exclusively for HotCars by digital artist Timothy Adry Emmanuel gives us a peek at the Miata’s electric future. The eventual electrification of some of our favorite sports cars in likely going to be inevitable, even if the Tesla Roadster has so far been the only somewhat viable solution to a convertible EV.

There’s no doubt that the industry is moving in this direction. Mazda confirmed via Which Car that the upcoming Miata will have some sort of electric powertrain (likely a hybrid). So, if the production version of the electric Miata roadster ends up looking like this concept, the Miata could continue its tradition of being the answer to nearly everything.

Related: 10 Best Mazda MX-5 Miata Models You Need To Consider

Our 2025 Mazda Miata EV Render Shows What An Electric Miata Could Look Like

  • Mazda vision study could preview Miata EV
  • Two-seat roadster with scissor doors
  • Shows electric Miata in coupe and convertible form

Late last year, Mazda previewed a sports coupe similarly proportioned to the MX-5 Miata. But with one important difference — the concept didn’t have tailpipes. The “vision study” model was shown in a montage alongside generations of the Miata, in a presentation that marked the announcement of Mazda’s $10.6 billion investment into its electrification efforts. It’s not a stretch to see where Mazda’s going with its Miata vision study.

Our HotCars Exclusive Render picks up where Mazda’s vision study leaves off. Similarly compact and sporty looking, this Miata EV concept brings back the smiley face of earlier Miata generations. Viewed in isolation, one could find similarities to an Aston Martin grille design. But with the grille insert below framing the Mazda logo, it’s pure Miata, even throwing back to old-school early Miatas. There’s even a modern take on pop-up headlights, in the delicately styled eyelashes with LED lighting elements that hark back to the side markers on the front of the Miata NA generation cars.

The bodywork seems to drape itself over the running gear, in the way some of the most beautiful cars in the world have done to great effect. This render keeps the shut lines between panels to a minimum, which really makes the design seem as clean and minimal as the greatest designs out there. With advances in technology, the slim wing mirrors would likely only house cameras. Placed high on the A-pillars, they add a bit of aeronautic flair.

The original Mazda Miata started out as a convertible only but ended up being available as a hard top eventually. The fourth-generation Miata ND finally gave hard-top fans something to rejoice over. The current 2023 Mazda Miata MX-5 Miata RF is as desirable as ever.

Digital artist Timothy Adry Emmanuel goes further, imagining the Miata Electric as a coupe and convertible right from day one. The concave rear-end styling calls to cars like the 2023 Bentley Continental. Or even the Chevrolet Corvette C6, just with single split tail lights instead of twin brake light pods. There are even hints of the Lotus Elise Cup in there. What is great news for Miata fans though, is that a Miata EV will keep the essence of everyone’s favorite affordable sports car alive.

Related: Mazda MX-5 Miata: Past, Present, And Future

Mazda Has Confirmed The NE Miata Will Be Electrified

White Mazda MX5 EV Concept Render
HotCars Photo © 2023 Valnet

Mazda has been a little slow on the uptake when it comes to EVs and electrification (like most Japanese manufacturers). If you’re a Mazda evangelist, and you wanted to go electric, the only choice you have is the 2023 Mazda MX-30. This is an electric crossover with a very limited 100-mile driving range. That’s not just disappointing, it’s pretty ludicrous.

As far as Mazda offering fans an electric car, the MX-30 falls short. No wonder then, Mazda’s pulled it from sale as of very recently.

However, Mazda does offer a PHEV that’s significantly more usable. The 2024 Mazda CX-90 PHEV could travel 26 miles on electric power alone. Or if used like the maker intends, the CX-90 hybrid offers a commendable 490-mile combined range. With a 0-60 mph time of 6.2 seconds, it’s not a boring three-row SUV, either.

Mazda’s announcement of a massive investment into electrifying its range by 2030 is good news. You can bet that there’ll be more hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and even electric vehicles with a Mazda badge on them. These will offer the typical Mazda attributes of sharp design, comfort and handling, and overall value for money. One of the popular candidates for the electrified treatment would of course be the very car that most people know Mazda for — the MX-5 Miata.

Related: The Mazda MX-5 Miata Will Always Be A Combustion Engine Sports Car In The Future

Will There Ever Be An Electric Miata?

Red Mazda MX5 EV Concept Render
HotCars Photo © 2023 Valnet

A major part of the reason why the Mazda Miata has earned its place in the history books, and hearts of enthusiasts, is its light weight. These aren’t attributes usually associated with electric cars. EV batteries are heavy, especially when you factor in that an electric sports car won’t likely be driven in the most battery-efficient manner. It’s the main reason why they haven’t built electric sports cars in the same manner as previous sports car legends.

However, there may be a fix with the Mazda MX-5 Miata EV. An electric sports car typically wouldn’t need a massive range to be enjoyable, so Mazda could choose to equip it with a smaller battery pack, thus bringing the weight down to manageable levels. Mazda could also implement solid-state batteries in their EV lineup, which are considerably lighter their than traditional lithium-ion counterparts.

If that means the MX-5 EV won’t have the best electric driving range in the class, that may be an acceptable compromise if the result is nimble handling. Just as long as the electric Miata has better range than the Mazda MX-30 crossover, most people should be happy.

For reference, the Tesla Roadster is promising 620 miles of driving range on a single charge of its massive 200kWh battery pack. But then again, the Tesla Roadster was announced in 2017 and production delays to 2024, or beyond, have most people unsure of the future of Tesla’s two-door sports car.

The price of the Tesla Roadster is expected to start around the $200,000 mark. The upcoming MG Cyberster two-door electric sports car could be a better bet, around the $50,000 mark, but that’s still a lot of money for the gearhead looking to embrace the next generation of sporty and nimble EVs.

Related: 10 Things We Want From The Electric Mazda MX-5 Miata

The Mazda Miata Is A Sports Car Legend

The Miata has achieved legendary status by being affordable, fun to drive, and a great platform for people to build on. In stock form, it’s a cheery daily driver. For anyone wanting to learn the ropes at autocross events, or track days, all a Miata really needs is nicer tires. Adding better suspension, and power is optional, but also fairly cheap.

There are even a few high-horsepower Miata builds that have the potential to really blow the socks off more serious sports cars, showing that the platform can indeed handle a lot more performance.

So what does the future of Mazda look like if the Miata goes electric? If Mazda can stick to the values that have made four generations of the MX-5 Miata so loved, the Miata EV could be just what people want.

Source: Which Car

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