Earlier this week, Mazda introduced the Mazda3 2021 with a very significant addition to the lineup – the Mazda3 Turbo with a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Another new engine for the model was also introduced, but it somehow flew under the radar. It is positioned exactly on the opposite side of the spectrum and acts as an entry-level offering.
The 2021 model year welcomes the Mazda3 2.0 with a 2.0-liter Skyactiv G unit. It delivers 155 horsepower (115 kilowatts) and 150 pound-feet (203 Newton meters), channeled to the front wheels with the G-Vectoring Control Plus system. The company’s official version only mentions the Mazda3 Sedan with the new base engine, but we expect the hatchback version of the model to also receive the new four-pot.
Between the 2.5 turbo and 2.0 engines, there will also be a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated shredder with 186 hp (139 kW) and 186 lb-ft (252 Nm) of torque. A number of new packages will be offered for the 2021 model year, with the engine available in sedan and hatchback versions with standard front-wheel drive.
As mentioned, a novelty for the year 2021 is the 2.5 turbo model, which peaks at 227 hp (169 kW) and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque when operating on 87-octane fuel. Switch to premium octane 93 fuel and the unit will unleash its full potential at 250 hp (186 kW) and 320 lb-ft (434 Nm).
The two naturally aspirated engines will be available to order from next month, while the turbocharged engine will join the lineup later this year. Price information will be revealed closer to the date of sale.
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