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If you were amongst those lamenting the reported lack of a manual gearbox choice for the Malaysian-spec ND-generation Mazda MX-5, this may console you a bit. The latest word is that for our market, the roadster will be equipped with a 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G petrol engine instead of a 1.5 litre as previously thought, a Bermaz source has told us.

The US is amongst the markets slated to get the 2.0 litre – no official figures yet from Mazda, but sources have indicated to Car and Driver that the Stateside-spec motor produces 155 hp and 200 Nm of torque. Comparatively, the 1.5 litre that will go to markets such as Europe and Japan develops 129 hp at 7,000 rpm and 150 Nm at 4,800 rpm.

While the 1.5 litre motor is a development of the Mazda 2‘s powerplant, the 2.0 litre has been adapted from the CX-5 for longitudinal installation, and features a different intake manifold, exhaust system and cylinder head, reports C&D.

We’re told Malaysia’s car will only be offered with a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive auto when it arrives fully-imported (CBU) from Japan, tentatively in September or October this year.