Official: Mazda Announces Turbo Mazda3 Reveal Date

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The Mazda3 is a fine vehicle by all means, but owners and fans have been craving one thing since its launch: a turbocharged version. See the famous MazdaSpeed brand hasn't brought out an impressive sports car in a while, but it's now official: Mazda Japan has announced that there will be a turbo version of the Mazda3 coming soon. Responding to a number of tweets asking about the announcement, Mazda simply replied: "Power comes to those who wait."

We know from leaked dealership documents that the turbo Mazda3 and CX-5 was on its way, but hearing some official news is so much better than conspiracy theories. The leaked documents spoke of a "MAZDA3 HB PP TURBO," which is most likely referring to the hatchback version.

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The Mazda3 has been on sale in the US since 2013 and has never had a hot hatch variant in its arsenal to rival the Golf GTI and similar performance-minded hatchbacks, but that is now finally set to change. In a video posted by Mazda, you can clearly hear the sound of a four-cylinder engine which leads us to believe that the Mazda3 will get its newfound power from the tried and tested 2.5-liter turbocharged unit that does duty in the Mazda6, CX-5, and CX-9.

This engine produces a healthy 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. That puts it in range of the Golf GTI and Subaru WRX. Numerous reports indicate that this engine will be available for both the hatchback and sedan versions.

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It will be interesting to see if Mazda will offer the new performance-oriented Mazda3 with an all-wheel-drive system, seeing as it is available on the turbo CX-5 and CX-9, but we suspect that these cars will be tuned for a more upmarket crowd, and won't fall in line with the old MazdaSpeed3 which was targeted at younger drivers

The current naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter base engine is also set to be replaced by a smaller 2.0-liter unit that will produce slightly less than the current engine's 186 horsepower. We're just worried that without a manual option, and trick suspension, the Turbo Mazda3 won't be able to stick with the traditional hot hatch rivals. It has a brilliant chassis, however. So when will it arrive? Mazda Says July 8, 2020. Mark your calendars.

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