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2016 Mazda3 MPS Could Feature AWD and 295HP

Will take on the VW Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST.

According to a recent report published in Japanese car magazineHoliday Auto, Mazda is working hard to release the new Mazda3’s MPS (or Mazdaspeed)version within the next couple of years. The Japanese hot-hatch is expected tofeature an all-wheel drive platform, producing 295 horsepower from itsSKYACTIC-G turbo gasoline engine. This report lays previous rumors – claiming thatthe next Mazdaspeed3 would be powered by a diesel – to rest.

Battling rivals like the Honda Civic Type R, VW Golf GTI andFord Focus ST, the SKYACTIV-G engine will offer high-performance output coupledwith low emissions with the use of a turbocharger. According to the Japanesereport, previous issues of mating the SKYACTIV engine with turbocharged powerhave already been smoothed out by Mazda. The engine will be coupled to an all-wheeldrive setup via a six-speed manual transmission. The Japanese magazine alsooffered a rendering of how this model could look.

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