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Upcoming Mazda Models To Get Excited For: 2024-2026

Key Takeaways

  • Mazda is positioning itself as a premium brand above regular mass-market, targeting a niche premium segment rather than true luxury.
  • Mazda is upgrading its models with features like blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert as part of its Mazda Premium strategy.
  • Mazda is focused on its transition into electrified mobility, with upcoming models including the Mazda CX-70 and the possibility of an all-electric Mazda MX-5 Miata.


In 1991, Mazda announced the development of Amati – a luxury vehicle sub-brand meant to compete against Toyota’s Lexus, Honda’s Acura, and Nissan’s Infiniti. However, Mazda was severely affected by the Japanese economic crisis of 1992, and thus Mazda eventually had to announce the discontinuation of the Amati brand development in October 1992.

Despite the Amati setback in the 1990s, Mazda continued to push the brand towards “premium” status with the aptly named “Mazda Premium” strategy. By substantially upgrading certain Mazda models’ designs and elevating the Mazda customer and dealership experience in their “Retail Evolution” campaign, Mazda has been building itself a nest in a niche premium segment – not exactly luxury, but certainly above regular mass-market.

The Japanese company’s new path to premium was evident when Mazda benchmarked the 2017 Mazda CX-5 against luxury compact crossovers like the Audi Q1, Lexus NX, BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and even the Jaguar F-Pace. Moreover, perhaps one of the most readily-recognizable clues to Mazda’s bid for premium status (aside from the higher sticker prices) is their recent change in their crossover model naming convention. The CX-3 made way for the more upscale CX-30, and even the range-topping CX-9 handed the flagship crossover status to the all-new Mazda CX-90.

Mazda’s new models are expected to follow the path to premium, especially for the company’s ongoing gradual transition into electrified mobility. So what new Mazda models can we expect to come out of the pipeline soon? Here are four Mazda nameplates to watch out for.

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2024 Mazda 3 Sedan

Expected Release: Fall 2023

2024 Mazda 3 Sedan 1500x750
Mazda

First on our lineup is the 2024 Mazda Mazda3 sedan. Coming in as the 6th model year of the nameplate’s 4th generation, the compact 2024 Mazda3 is largely a carry-over model with a few minor updates. Now standard across the entire range are the following features:

  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear passenger detection safety alert (upon exit)

Turbocharged models now come with wireless mobile phone charging and larger, 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen units with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Since 2023, the Mazda3 has dropped the previous base 2.0-liter engine – a move that reflects the Mazda Premium strategy. Powering the 2024 Mazda Mazda3 will be a 2.5-liter Skyactiv engine in either a naturally aspirated or a turbocharged guise. For this model year, the Mazda3 will remain completely gasoline-powered.

2024 Mazda3 Engine Specs

Naturally-aspirated

Turbocharged

Engine code

Skyactiv-G-PY-VPS

Skyactiv-G-PY-VPTS

Displacement, liters

2.5

2.5

Configuration

I4

Turbo I4

Horsepower

191

227-250

Torque, lb-ft

186

310-320

The 2024 Mazda3 Sedan will offer the most affordable S trim exclusively. However, only the hatchback version will get the 6-speed manual transmission option.

Model, Trim

Drivetrain

Sedan SRP

Hatchback SRP

Mazda3 2.5 S

FWD

$24,170

Mazda3 2.5 S Select Sport

FWD

$24,690

$25,690

Mazda3 2.5 S Preferred

FWD

$26,190

$27,390

Mazda3 2.5 S Carbon Edition

AWD

$$29,060

$30,260

Mazda3 2.5 S Premium (6MT)

FWD

$30,350

Mazda3 2.5 Carbon Turbo

AWD

$31,750

$32,950

Mazda3 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus

AWD

$35,450

$36,650

The 2024 Mazda3 Hatchback will be available in US showrooms this summer of 2023, and the 2024 Mazda3 sedan will arrive at dealerships by fall 2023.

Mazda CX-70

Expected Release: 2024-2025

2023 Mazda-CX-60_UK-Version 1500x750
Mazda

After 2023, Mazda will discontinue the production of its first fully-electric vehicle, the MX-30. For the next couple of years, Mazda’s electrification strategy will focus first on its “large platform” plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEVs), which include the 2024 CX-90 and the upcoming CX-70. Whereas the 2024 CX-90 is a direct successor to the recently-discontinued CX-9, the new CX-70 will fill in the slot that has been left unmanned for over a decade by the Mazda CX-7 midsize crossover (discontinued in 2012).

The new CX-80 and CX-60 (photo shown above) are narrower models due to European size restrictions, but the 2024 CX-90 and the upcoming CX-70 will be wider models aimed at the US market. In terms of size class, the 2024 CX-90 is a 3-row large crossover SUV and the CX-70 is expected to be a 2-row, midsize crossover.

The all-new Mazda CX-70, expected for either the 2024 or 2025 model year, will likely arrive in the US market with two powerplant options: a 3.3-liter turbo I6 gas engine or a 2.5-liter plug-in hybrid system. A rear-wheel-biased all-wheel-drive (AWD) system is expected to be standard across all CX-70 variants.

2024 Mazda CX-70 Engine Specs (expected)

Gasoline

PHEV

Engine code

e-Skyactiv-G

e-Skyactiv-PHEV

Displacement, liters

3.3

2.5

Configuration

I6 mild hybrid

Plug-in hybrid I4

Horsepower

280-340

319-323

Torque, lb-ft

332-369

369

Fuel Economy, estimated MPG/MPGe

25-27

56-58

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2025 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Expected Release: 2026-2027

The Mazda MX-5, often just going by the “Miata” moniker, is a small, well-balanced, and nimble coupe that competes directly with the Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ, and Fiat 124. Through all of its design generations, the Mazda Miata has impressed fans and enthusiasts with its near-perfect 50-50 front/rear weight balance and fun-to-drive characteristics.

But how does the future look for the zippy Mazda sports coupe? According to a Mazda Europe executive, the Mazda MX-5 Miata will continue to live on. Based on Mazda’s electrification strategy, it’s highly possible that the all-new Miata will come in an electrified form. The Japanese automaker has yet to reveal any clues about the Miata EV’s body and powertrain, but according to the same executive, Mazda is developing different EV sizes and design concepts in preparation for its scalable EV platform. Mazda’s all-new EV platform is expected by 2025, so it’s possible that the all-new Mazda MX-5 Miata EV will arrive between 2026 and 2027.

Although not all Miata purists will be happy with the MX-5’s possible divorce with its internal combustion engine (ICE), many Mazda fans and enthusiasts are looking forward to seeing the Miata in an EV guise. In fact, our very own HotCars digital artist Timothy Adry Emmanuel has created a digital render of the new all-electric Mazda MX-5 Miata – as showcased in the video above.

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Mazda RX-9

Expected Release: 2026-2028

Last on this list of upcoming Mazda models is the RX-9 – the expected successor to Mazda’s revered rotary-powered sports cars, the RX-7 and RX-8.

After the 2012 discontinuation of the Mazda RX-8, it only took Mazda 3 years to unveil the Mazda RX-Vision Concept. Powered by the next-generation Skyactiv-R rotary engine, the Mazda RX-Vision Concept was named the “Most Beautiful Concept Car” at the 31st Festival Automobile International in Paris last 2016. Below are some selected specifications of the Mazda RX-Vision Concept.

Mazda RX-Vision Concept

Specifications

Seating capacity

2

Overall length, inches

172.8

Overall width, inches

75.8

Overall height, inches

45.7

Engine

Skyactiv-R

Powertrain layout

Front-engine, RWD

Mazda has yet to release any official news regarding the Mazda RX-9, but there are two big clues pointing to Mazda’s intention to revive the rotary-powered RX line for commercial production.

The Mazda RX-Vision Concept is still being developed, and we may yet receive more updates once Mazda’s new electric platform arrives in 2025. Nevertheless, the new RX-Vision’s exterior design has proven to be a showstopper in both the real and virtual worlds, so the Mazda RX-9 may only need to finalize its powertrain to be ready for its debut.



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