Mazda has reportedly decided to pull the plug on the all-new Lincoln M-Sport car, which was announced in March at the Detroit auto show.
The company will instead start production on the next-generation sports car under the codename M-STX.
A report in the Japanese media claimed that the next Lincoln M car will be launched in 2021, while a source close to the matter told Auto Express that a date has not been set.
According to the publication, the new car will have a body that will be identical to the outgoing model, and will come with the same powertrain as the previous model.
While the car will likely be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a new turbocharged turbo engine, or an engine with a turbocharger, it is likely that the car’s engine will not be a V6.
Mazda was also reported to be developing a new sports car called the M-Civic Sport, which will feature a new engine and an entirely new body.
Despite these developments, the Japanese automaker remains optimistic about its future.
“There is a strong possibility of making the next M-Star model in 2021,” the company’s chief executive Kazuo Hirai said at the time.
“We will be working hard to develop the next model, so we hope to launch the next one in 2021.”
MotoGP is not a big fan of M-Stars, so if M-SC is a hit, it will certainly help Mazda sell more of its sports cars.
At the same time, it also seems likely that Mazda will continue to expand its presence in the world of sports cars, with a new flagship vehicle due to be unveiled this year.
Source: Auto Express