It seems to be like Mazda Mexico let the model’s upcoming turbocharged 3 out of the bag a wee bit early. Initially slated for a July 8 reveal (in line with a teaser Mazda launched a number of weeks again), the newest addition to the Mazda 3 household had the wraps formally pulled off of it over the weekend in a video posted to Mazda Mexico’s YouTube channel and hosted by Miguel Barbeyto, the president of Mazda’s Mexican arm.
Per Barbeyto, essentially the most highly effective variant of the Japanese model’s compact mannequin boasts a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder below its hood. It’s nearly actually a well-recognized engine to Mazda followers, as a turbocharged 2.5-liter unit is already accessible in fashions comparable to the CX-5 and CX-9 crossover SUVs, in addition to the 6 sedan. As in these Mazdas, the three’s new forced-induction four-pot packs 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque (probably rising to 250 horses and 320 lb-ft of twist on 93 octane) and a six-speed computerized transmission. Higher but, the engine pairs solely with all-wheel drive (the 6 is front-drive solely, whereas the CX-9 provides all-wheel drive as an choice).
Sadly, a guide transmission just isn’t on the menu. Nicely, not less than in Mexico. It’s potential—though uncertain—the automotive will supply a stick in the USA. That stated, we count on the U.S.-spec turbocharged Three to be supplied in the identical Grand Touring and Signature trim ranges Mazda will promote in Mexico. Each are new to the mannequin and will sign Mazda’s adoption of formal trim ranges for the 2021 3 (Mazda presently sells the compact sedan and hatch with varied packages as a substitute).
Nevertheless they’re packaged, as in different Mazda merchandise, search for the turbo 3’s variations to favor consolation and luxurious over all-out efficiency. Count on an extended checklist of ordinary options, in addition to richer supplies comparable to microsuede and actual wooden trim contained in the top-of-the-line Signature.
For higher or worse, it seems the upcoming Mazda Three turbo just isn’t the revival of the long-dead Mazdaspeed 3. Nonetheless, the upcoming mannequin’s extra grunt, upscale trimmings, and normal all-wheel drive might show tantalizing sufficient to persuade a number of compact-car consumers to stroll previous the Volkswagen Golf GTI or Honda Civic Sport and into the driving force’s seat of a 3.
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