2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo First Look: Speedier, Even If It’s No Mazdaspeed 3

2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo First Look: Speedier, Even If It’s No Mazdaspeed 3

Mazda is bringing forced induction to its compact models with the arrival of the 2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo version. As expected, after a first glimpse of the turbo 3, the latest addition to the family 3 (i.e. the sedan and the hatchback) incorporates its 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from its brothers and sisters 6, CX-5 and CX-9. As in its crossover family, the four forced induction pots produce a power of 250 horses and a torque of 320 lb-ft when powered with a constant speed of 93 octanes (the 6 sedan does not exceed 310 lb-ft) . Fill the fuel tank with something less powerful and the engine pumps 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.

Despite its high power, the turbocharged 3 does not replace the hot hatch Mazdaspeed 3 of yesteryear. While older Mazdaspeed models – there were two generations before they disappeared – targeted driver-oriented vehicles such as the Honda Civic Si and the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the 2.5 Turbo seems to be targeting more affordable luxury brand options like Audi A3 and BMW 2 Series. Credit a standard, less user-friendly six-speed automatic gearbox that sends the roar of turbo 3 to all four contact areas via standard all-wheel drive. Do you want to change gears for yourself? With a little luck, the paddles at the wheel of the 3 satisfy your itching because there is no manual transmission in the menu.

Looks like the Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo 2021

Another proof of the turbo 3’s adult nature compared to that of the exuberant old Mazdaspeed 3 comes from the resolutely docile beauty of the new car. Rather than adapting the 2.5 Turbo to a myriad of model-specific exterior styling details, spoilers and vents, Mazda has instead kept the trim decor much the same as its less powerful counterpart. However, discerning eyes will notice the 2.5 Turbo’s larger exhaust outlets, the glossy black exterior mirror housings (with heated mirrors), the model-specific trunk badge, the frameless mirror and the chrome finishes around the starter. with push button and glove box. The sedans also sport a glossy black grille and slightly modified lower fascia.

While each 2.5 Turbo has standard features such as a 12-speaker Bose audio system, head-up display, heated seats, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, automatic high beams and more still, those who seek even more comfort, convenience and security technology can opt for the Premium Plus package. In addition to a shiny black trunk or a spoiler mounted on the hatch (and a front air dam on the hatch), the pack adds automated emergency braking in reverse, a panoramic camera, front and rear parking sensors, leather seats, navigation and a lane-centering function, which works with adaptive cruise control to accelerate and steer the car at speeds below 40 mph.


The Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo 2021 joins the dealers before the end of the year

However, the brand notes that the car should go on sale before the end of the year, or a few months after the naturally aspirated 2021 Mazda 3 arrives at dealerships. That said, we expect Mazda to charge just under $ 30,000 for the 2.5 Turbo sedan and hatchback, which should place it somewhere between the slightly sportier Volkswagen Jetta GLI and the Golf GTI, which are currently starting to $ 27,965 and $ 30,315 when equipped with an automatic transmission.

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