Mazda North America Operations (MNAO) has finally unveiled the highly-anticipated 2021 Mazda 3 Turbo, bringing with it a significant boost in power for the Mazda 3 lineup along with upgraded style and a new Traffic Jam Assist autonomous driving feature.
Normally in our articles, this is the part where we would show you the exterior photos of the turbo Mazda 3. Unfortunately, MNAO only shared two photos, none of which completely showcases the car’s looks. However, based on the photos they released, the turbo Mazda 3 will most likely look similar to this kitted-out Mazda 3 hatch.
While most of the updates are concentrated under the hood, Mazda has added a bit of style to the Mazda 3 Turbo sedan and hatchback body styles. As standard, the Mazda 3 Turbo gets 18-inch gloss black alloy wheels and side mirrors. Meanwhile, the turbocharged Mazda 3 sedan swaps its chrome grille for a gloss black finish.
Those opting for the Premium Plus package adds a gloss black rear spoiler for the sedan while the hatchback gets a sportier set of bumpers and a rear spoiler. Lastly, a “TURBO” badge will also be added to the back and engine cover of these new turbocharged Mazda 3s.
The interior largely remains the same, which means that this high-performance Mazda 3 focuses on offering a premium experience compared to other performance-oriented rivals. Only the addition of a few chrome trims around the push-button starter and glove box separate the turbocharged Mazda 3 from other variants. Additionally, all 2021 Mazda 3 will feature an improved 8.8-inch Mazda Connect infotainment system with Mazda Connected telematics such as onboard Wi-Fi. Other signature Mazda 3 features such as the 12-speaker Bose sound system, head-up display, and heated seats are still offered.
Of course, the main headline feature of the 2021 Mazda 3 Turbo is its 2.5-liter inline-4 Skyactiv-G turbo gasoline engine that produces 250 hp (227 hp on regular fuel) and 420 Nm of torque. Handling all that power is a revised i-Activ AWD system and a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Apart from the turbo engine, the 154 hp and 200 Nm 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G petrol engine also makes its return in the Mazda 3 for the North American market as a more affordable engine option. Ever since this generation came out, only the naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G gasoline engine was offered, thus driving its starting price higher than the competition.
The new turbocharged Mazda 3 also gets upgraded driver safety and convenience features. Those opting for the Premium Plus Package will enjoy a 360-degree camera, rear automatic emergency braking along with a new Traffic Jam Assist, which enhances the full-speed adaptive cruise control by adding self-steering at speeds of up to 40 mph (64 kph).
The 2021 Mazda 3 Turbo will go on sale in North American dealers in Q4 2020. Because this is a project by MNAO, this turbocharged Mazda 3 is only limited to North American markets.