The Mazda MX-5 has earned high acclaim as a pure driver’s car thanks to its superb handling and agility with just the right amount of power.

2013 Mazda MX-2 rendered speculation

Now the brand is set to improve on this philosophy by adding affordability to the mix with a new entry-level MX-2 Roadster rumored to be in development for 2013.

Although its future hasn’t been set in stone just yet, with Mazda largely hoping the economy will have recovered by then since a roadster isn't exactly best way to stimulate a difficult economic environment.

2013 Mazda MX-2 rendered speculation

Its design will mimic the next-generation models from Mazda which have been based on the Nagare ‘Flow’ series of concept vehicles, incorporating the now trademark wide-mouthed grille.

The engine line-up is purely speculation at this point, although the pecking order would suggest something smaller and more efficient would be slipped under the bonnet compared to the MX-5.