Is Nissan Building The Answer To Mazda’s MX-5 Miata?

By | August 3, 2011

Nissan esflow Concept

Nissan ESFLOW Concept

Holy crap, let’s hope so. The folks over at AutoExpress have said that a Nissan-built rival to the wildly popular and awesome Mazda MX-5 Miata is in the cards yet again. Of course, this must be taken with a grain of salt simply because these rumors have been speculated for a long long time.

As a fellow Miata owner and driver myself, I can tell you that this would be fantastic. Nissan and Mazda have always rode the mantra of “we make fun cars to drive, not just human transportation devices”. This is manifested nowhere better than in the Miata, a cheap convertible sports coupe that handles better than most cars three times it’s price. Essentially it’s the poor man’s Boxster, but for the price there’s no better value for dollar.

So what would a Nissan competitor look like? According to AutoExpress, it’ll probably be a 2+2 style coupe and utilize the Leaf’s electric powertrain. Wait…what? Unless the upcoming fourth generation Miata is electric or hybrid, we wouldn’t but an electric 2+2 in the same class at all. But with the recent debut of the all-electric, rear-wheel-drive ESFLOW concept (pictured above), it looks like this could be the case. Just hope it doesn’t look as chintzy as the ESFLOW.

But we digress, because the most exciting prospect of Nissan’s Miata actually come from Lotus. Again, according to AutoWeek Nissan is making plans to team with Lotus in the development of the Miata rival‘s chassis. You have our attention, Nissan.

It’s speculated that we’ll see the new Nissan show up sometime in 2013 with a pricetag of $32,000+.¬†Outside of that though, we know nothing else. In fact, since these are just rumors right now, we wouldn’t even say we “know” anything for sure…¬†In that case, congratulations! You’ve just wasted 3 minutes of your life reading this.

[, AutoWeek]

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