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Steane Klose | Aug 27, 2008

Good news for MX-5 lovers with Mazda's design boss Lauren Van den Acker recently revealing to AutoCar that the next iteration of Mazda's iconic roadster will see a substantial redesign before it hits dealerships sometime in 2012.

Van den Acker has no qualms about what the new MX-5 requires;

“The next MX-5 needs to be a big step. The last one was too conservative and we can’t do another car like that. We need to make it more dramatic and give it some balls.”

Don't be too concerned about the overall direction of the one of the best selling two-door sports cars in history though, Lauren assures us that the core values of the MX-5 will stay well and truly intact. A small and lightweight roadster is still the intent but we can expect the new model to be more fuel efficient than its predecessor and to fit in more obviously with the design DNA of the Mazda range.

There has been talk that the new MX-5 could borrow design cues from the Kazami and Nagari concepts, but there has been plenty of work done on the MX-5 before that could prove useful to the new model.

“Last time round [designing the current car] we came up with lots of radical proposals and we may reignite one of those.”

We'll be seeing a face-lifted MX-5 before we lay eyes on an all new model, but with more "balls" and more drama in the works we're looking forward to what Mazda has in store.

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