Thursday, February 9, 2023
News 2021 Mazda3 Could Get Turbocharged 2.5-Litre Engine... With AWD

2021 Mazda3 Could Get Turbocharged 2.5-Litre Engine… With AWD

Mazda3 would get even better if this happens

  • Upcoming 2021 Mazda3 could be offered with 2.5-litre turbo

  • The engine would come exclusively with all-wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic


The 2021 Mazda3 may be offered with a turbocharged engine in both sedan and hatchback variations. The news comes from Jalopnik who says it has received screenshots from a dealership’s ordering system from a credible source.

News of a possible turbocharged Mazda3 has been circulating for a while now. Although Mazda said there wouldn’t be a new Mazdaspeed3, a Mazda3 with the company’s 2.5-litre turbo engine is feasible and it now looks like it will happen.

The engine in question delivers 227 horsepower with regular fuel and 250 horsepower with premium. It also pushes out an impressive 310 pound-feet of torque. The source didn’t confirm to Jalopnik that this is the engine that would be used, but it would make sense. The turbo is also offered in the Mazda6, Mazda CX-5, and Mazda CX-9.

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Still according to the report, the 2021 Mazda3 would pair the turbo exclusively with all-wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Although we would love to see an AWD 3 with 250 horsepower, we get why only the auto gearbox would be available. Still, if this happens, it will give the 2021 Mazda3 the chops to compete with the likes of the Volkswagen Golf GTi and Subaru WRX.

The Mazda3 is already one of the best handling cars in its segment, if not the best handling. The added power would make it even more appealing.

Other elements highlighted in the document sent to Jalopnik include a new color called Snowflake White Pearl for a turbocharged Mazda3 “Anniversary Edition”, and red seats for other Mazda3 models.

Those changes are also available on the Mazda CX-5. There’s also a new Carbon Edition package for the CX-5, CX-9, and Mazda6.

We’ve reached out to Mazda and will update as soon as we hear back.

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