Just yesterday we told you how the 2020 Mazda3 is the best in its class. We told you that it is pretty and feels upscale. More importantly, we told you how well it handles and drives. We also said that its chassis could easily handle more power.
Overnight someone at Mazda read that review. This morning Mazda issued a press release that a turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Mazda3 is coming for the 2021 model year. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
Yes, it is the same 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque, 2.5-liter turbo engine that we’ve seen in the CX-5 and CX-9. It’s tuned for the smaller Mazda3 and it will transform that vehicle into the small sporty Mazda sedan we once knew.
The hair-blower model will be available on both the sedan and hatchback versions. Mazda only mentions distinctive turbo trim differences and two available models of the turbo 3. There is no mention of transmission choices or prices. Ideally, it would have a manual and an automatic (Mazda does not do CVT, thank you) choices and be priced similarly to the aging Subaru WRX.
The 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo will be available later this year. Sigh-up for updated on Mazda’s website.