The Mazda3. You realize it by now. It is a competent compact automotive that is good-looking, well-appointed, and lacking only one factor: Some professional velocity. Or as Mazda’s one to say, “zoom zoom.” Fortunately, that is all about to vary. Mazda simply dropped a 13-second teaser that hints on the subsequent powertrain for its small automotive.
We cannot have to attend that lengthy, both. The video teases the date July 8, 2020, which certainly marks the day Mazda plans to disclose the newest addition to the three household. The Mazda three hasn’t had a turbocharger bolted to its engine for the reason that 2013 mannequin yr—the ultimate yr of manufacturing for the Mazdaspeed3. Since then the automotive’s caught to a naturally aspirated engine lineup in america.
Mazda has stated on many events it has no intention of bringing the Mazdaspeed title again, so do not anticipate the brand new turbo three to enchantment to efficiency junkies. As an alternative, we’ll seemingly see the turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder of different Mazda merchandise plopped below the hood of the three. There is no phrase on how a lot energy it’ll make, however we speculate output will land someplace between 230 and 250 hp. That is greater than the upcoming Golf GTI‘s 241 hp and will actually put somewhat pep within the Mazda3’s step.
We aren’t certain if Mazda plans to pair a handbook transmission to the three’s turbocharged engine. That stated, we would not wager on it. In actual fact, it is seemingly this engine will characteristic in an automatic-only, top-of-the-range Premium Plus trim.
We’re excited by two issues right here: First, the three is lastly getting a turbocharged powerplant after a number of years with out one. Second, we’re hopeful tuners may have the liberty to additional up the Mazda3’s energy output. With a number of mods, customers may handle to construct the Mazdaspeed3 successor Mazda will not.