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Is This Cool Concept with Butterfly Doors the Next Mazda Miata?

  • Today, Mazda teased a sports car concept called the “Vision Study Model” that hints at a future Miata EV.
  • The beautiful coupe concept features butterfly doors, bulging fenders and Miata-like proportions.
  • The “Vision Study Model” was shown as part of Mazda’s presentation on its updated electrification plans until 2030.

The thought of an all-electric Mazda Miata may terrify purists, but there will surely come a day when it’s a reality. While it’s still too soon to say when the first MX-5 EV will arrive, Mazda today unveiled a three-phase strategy that prioritizes electrification through 2030. Along with its updated plans, the company teased the “Vision Study Model” . stunning coupe concept that we hope previews the future design of the iconic two-seater sports car.

mazda vision study model concept behind driving

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Last year, Mazda confirmed Car and Driver that the next generation Miata will be electrified in some way. We expect this to mean some kind of hybrid setup, which corresponds to part of the company’s second phase. However, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a fully electric Miata by the end of the decade. We also wouldn’t be shocked to see an EV version that looks similar to the concept shown in press images as well as in clips from the video on Mazda’s official YouTube channel (the concept first appears at the 34:55 -mark).

In the minutes leading up to the concept’s first appearance, we’ve seen numerous photos of people happily driving different Miata generations, further fueling our speculation that there’s a connection between previous MX-5s and the Vision Study Model.

Our first look at the concept is viewed through an iPhone screen, with its exposed chassis resembling a T-shaped battery pack. The car’s body then falls on top and we see its butterfly door open on the passenger side.

mazda vision study model butterfly doors

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While the crazy doors are one of the concept’s defining features, we don’t expect them to be part of a production model. We do expect future Miatas to maintain a convertible body style, though a hardtop variant like the concept wouldn’t be a first, as Mazda did offer the rare JDM-only NB-generation coupe.

The rest of the imaginary sports car looks doable, albeit ultra-dramatic. Its wide hips, pointed front fenders, and low hood are all exaggerated features of the current ND Miata. The illuminated Mazda logo is mounted low on the concept’s nose and the slim, protruding lighting elements at the front are still neat.

mazda vision study model side driving

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Mazda vision study model up close

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Of course, we realize Mazda’s Vision Study Model may not preview a future Miata EV at all. We have flashbacks to the visually striking four-door Vision Coupe concept the company revealed in 2017, which didn’t come to fruition. However, its aspirational styling has influenced the brand’s design language, so perhaps the Miata-like concept will do the same. At least we can dare to dream.

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