Mazda of Mexico has revealed some of the new car's secrets ahead of time.
Mazda may not necessarily be the first name you think of when it comes to prestigious Japanese brands, but it has had its fair share of smash hits over the years. Over the past 100 years, it's created icons like the MX-5 Miata and the inimitable RX-7. Its less sporty offerings are just as great, and the upcoming Mazda 3 is one that we're quite interested in. This car has been even more interesting to us since we heard it may get turbo power. That has since been confirmed and we were expecting this turbo model to arrive tomorrow. But now Mazda in Mexico has launched a video with the new model featured.
The video is quite long and is entirely in Spanish, but it's worth watching just for the little review of Mazda's 100-year history - especially when the 787B features on the Le Mans straight. So what has been revealed about the turbo engine?
Well, the 2.5-liter motor will feed an automatic transmission that will direct power to all four wheels. How much power, exactly? 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Interestingly, we ran a piece in March saying that the only thing the 3 was missing was the speed, and thanks to these figures, it seems that the Mazda 3 can finally live up to its full potential.
According to the video, Mexican buyers can expect pre-orders to open on the 20th of this month. So what will it cost then? Pricing ranges from 489,900 pesos to 529,900 pesos, depending on the trim you opt for. In American money, that's around $22,000 to $24,000. However, we expect pricing to be a little higher than that, as the 2020 Mazda 3 hatch starts at anything from $23,700 to $28,900, and we doubt that a turbo range-topper with all-wheel-drive will be offered for less, especially as a 2021 model. Nevertheless, Mazda has answered our prayers with the car we wanted the company to offer, and now we can't wait to try it out.