Mazda Mexico has revealed the power figures of this much-anticipated turbo version of the Mazda 3 turbo ahead of its US-market reveal. As expected, it produces the same 227 hp (250 hp using higher-octane fuel) and 420 Nm of torque as the turbocharged Mazda 6, CX-9, and CX-5, which also uses the same turbocharged 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G petrol engine.
Mazda Mexico’s video also shows that the turbocharged Mazda 3 will come as standard with AWD in order to manage all the torque along with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Now, despite this increase in performance, this turbocharged Mazda 3 does not mark the return of the high-performance Mazdaspeed 3 or Mazda 3 MPS. At least in Mexico, the Mazda 3 turbo still follows the same naming convention of Mazda’s current North American line-up such as Grand Touring and Signature. Because of this, the Mazda 3 turbo’s features are about the same as the higher variants of the standard Mazda 3. No bucket seats or other aggressive sporty interior trims to see here.
The Mazda 3 turbo is a development of Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), which means it is highly unlikely that this model will be offered in the Philippine market. It could also mean that this turbocharged Mazda 3 will be exclusive to the North American market. While Mazda Philippines has recently posted a teaser on its Facebook page showing the front end of a white Mazda 3, this may likely indicate that the model that will be launched here is the limited 100th Anniversary Edition model.
We only have a few days to wait until July 8 comes to see these two new Mazda 3 models to be unveiled.