Mazda confirms 1.5-, 2.0-liter engines for MX-5

Smaller mill heading to international markets, larger engine bound for US.

Mazda has finally confirmed some under-the-hood details for its redesigned MX-5, confirming that two engines will be available for different markets.

One of the variants will be powered by a 1.5-liter Skyactiv-G powerplant, presumably for the European and Asian markets, however US customers will be treated to a higher-output 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G mill.

The company is still unwilling to announce output figures for either engine, though each promises to be tuned specifically for the new roadster.

For comparison, Mazda's 1.5-liter engine produces up to 115 horsepower and 111 lb-ft of torque for the European Mazda3 hatchback. The 2.0-liter mill tuned for the US-market Mazda3 brings output up to 155 ponies and 150 lb-ft of twist.

The revamped Miata loses 220 pounds for the 2016 model year, suggesting the power-to-weight ratio will still be improved for the US-bound model even if Mazda does not retune the engine for additional power.

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