Mazda USA has a video on YouTube announcing a July 8 revelation of what everyone believes to be a turbocharged Mazda3, but their neighbors in Mexico couldn’t wait until then. The most powerful variant of the compact sedan made its unexpected debut on the YT account of Mazda Mexico, the company’s regional president reviewing the juicy specs.
Without further ado, the Mazda3 2021 with a turbocharged gasoline engine uses a 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G Turbo unit producing 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet (420 Newton meters) of torque. If these figures seem familiar to you, it is because you can have the same engine in the Mazda6 and the CX-5, for example.
It operates exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission transmitting power to both axles. It is not clear at this point whether the exit figures announced by Mazda Mexico will be applicable in the United States, although there should not be any major differences.
Despite the beefier internals, don’t think this is a revival of Mazdaspeed 3 because the car looks pretty much like the regular model. It is generously equipped in Mexico with a 12-speaker Bose audio system, an electric sunroof, 18-inch wheels and automatic LED headlights. It should go on sale locally from July 20 and will be offered in Grand Touring and Signature versions, at a price of $ 489,900 pesos and $ 529,900 pesos, respectively. This equates to around $ 22,000 for the basic version and $ 23,800 for the more sophisticated variant.
Fans of the Zoom-Zoom company have been waiting for Mazda to inject more power into the 3 since the launch of the current generation in late 2018, and now they finally get a more powerful engine. It may not be a hot hatch in its own right, but it is a step in the right direction. A manual would make more sense given the performance-oriented nature of the car, but you only have two pedals. In 2021, a sedan equivalent will follow in Mexico.