Mazda is bringing pressured induction again to its compact fashions with the arrival of the 2021 Mazda Three 2.5 Turbo trim. As expected, following an early peek on the turbo 3, the newest addition to the 3 family (which means the sedan and hatchback) cribs its turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine from its 6, CX-5, and CX-9 siblings. As in its crossover kin, the pressured induction four-pot produces a mighty 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque when fed a gentle food plan of 93 octane (the 6 sedan maxes out at 310 lb-ft). Fill the gasoline tank with something much less potent and the engine pumps out 227 horses and 310 lb-ft of twist.
Regardless of its excessive output, the turbocharged Three isn’t any alternative for the Mazdaspeed 3 hot hatchbacks of yore. Whereas the previous Mazdaspeed fashions—there have been two generations earlier than it light away—had its sights set on driver-focused autos akin to the Honda Civic Si and Volkswagen Golf GTI, the two.5 Turbo seems to take goal at extra reasonably priced luxury-branded choices like the Audi A3 and BMW 2 Collection. Credit score a normal, and fewer enthusiast-friendly, six-speed automated gearbox that sends the turbo 3’s grunt to all 4 contact patches through normal all-wheel drive. Care to shift gears for your self? Then hopefully the three’s steering-wheel-mounted paddles fulfill your itch as a result of there is not any guide transmission on the menu.
Appears Just like the 2021 Mazda Three 2.5 Turbo
Additional proof of the turbo 3’s grownup nature relative to that of the rambunctious previous Mazdaspeed Three comes courtesy of the brand new automobile’s decidedly tame appears. Relatively than match the two.5 Turbo with a myriad of model-specific exterior styling particulars, spoilers, and vents, Mazda as a substitute stored the trim’s decor a lot the identical as its much less highly effective counterpart. Eager eyes, nevertheless, will observe the two.5 Turbo’s bigger tailpipes, gloss black exterior mirror housings (with heated mirrors), model-specific trunk badge, frameless rearview mirror, and chrome finishes across the push-button starter and glovebox. Sedans additionally sport a gloss black grille and barely altered decrease fascia.
Whereas each 2.5 Turbo boasts normal options akin to a 12-speaker Bose audio system, a head-up show, heated seats, adaptive cruise management, blind-spot monitoring, automated high-beam headlights, and extra, these in quest of much more consolation, comfort, and security tech can go for the Premium Plus package deal. Alongside a gloss-black trunk or hatch-mounted spoiler (and entrance air dam on the hatch), the package deal provides automated emergency braking in reverse, a surround-view digicam, entrance and rear parking sensors, leather-based seats, navigation, and a lane-centering operate, which works with the adaptive cruise management to speed up and steer the automobile at speeds of lower than 40 mph.
The 2021 Mazda Three 2.5 Turbo Reaches Sellers Earlier than Yr’s Finish
Mazda’s mum on pricing for 2021 Three 2.5 Turbo, nevertheless, the model notes the automobile is because of go on sale earlier than yr’s finish—or a couple of months after the naturally aspirated 2021 Mazda Three hits dealerships. That mentioned, we count on Mazda to cost slightly below $30,000 for the two.5 Turbo sedan and hatch, which must put it someplace between the slightly sportier Volkswagen Jetta GLI and Golf GTI, which at the moment begin at $27,965 and $30,315 when outfitted with an automated transmission.