Back in July of 2020 Mazda teased its upcoming vehicle, a turbocharged version of the Mazda3. While we all thought it was the revival of the Mazdaspeed nameplate that turned out not to be the case. The Japanese automaker has specifically introduced the vehicle as a new regular model. The 2021 Mazda 3 turbo will now be the top variant of the nameplate in the US market.
The 2021 Mazda3 turbo can be had in either a sedan or hatchback body type and will only be available as an all-wheel-drive model. It comes with a 2.5-liter Skyactiv gasoline turbocharged engine that is capable of producing 250hp and 433 Nm of torque on premium fuel and 227hp and 420 Nm on regular fuel. This makes it the most powerful Mazda3 variant currently available on the market without the Mazdaspeed nameplate.
While the vehicle itself is packing a lot of power Mazda hasn’t done too much tuning to it as the vehicle remains the same as the standard 2.5-liter all-wheel-drive model without the turbo. What the Japanese automaker has done, however, is add appearance packages to help separate the turbo variant from the rest of the lineup and offer customers a unique look for their vehicle.
Depending on the package chosen this gives the vehicle additions such as a front air dam, a rear roof spoiler, a rear diffuser, and side sill extensions. Both body types can also be had with new BBS 18-inch gloss-black forged wheels. The Mazda3 turbo also comes standard with a power moonroof, a 12-speaker Bose audio system, LED headlights and DRLs, heated front seats, and dual-zone climate controls just to name a few. The new Mazda3 variant will be arriving at US dealerships by the end of the year.
There is no word yet if Mazda Philippines will be bringing in the new Mazda3 turbo into the country, however, if they did it could be a serious contender for those looking for a turbocharged all-wheel drive vehicle that comes with agile handling.