Mazda has teased what is believed to be a turbocharged version of its popular Mazda3 small car, ahead of its reveal on July 8.
The 13-second video released by the Japanese carmaker showcases the four-cylinder engine note of an unknown car, along with confirmation of the early July unveil date.
While the car in the video’s identity has not been confirmed, the unlisted clip was shared by Mazda on Twitter in response to rumours about and customers asking for the turbo hatch, highly suggesting it’s a powered-up 3 that will debut in just under two weeks.
Captions attached to the brand’s tweets include “Power comes to those who wait” and “Keep calm and stay tuned. Plenty of time to rush where we’re going”, further pointing toward the turbo model’s arrival.
A report from US publication Jalopnik in early June uncovered the addition of a turbocharged 3 to the internal Mazda US dealership intranet, mated exclusively to an six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive.
Enthusiasts hoping for a successor to the manual-only, 190kW/380Nm Mazda 3 MPS will likely be disappointed, as it is believed Mazda will opt for a more reserved, ‘gentleman’s express’ approach for its new boosted range-topper.
The most likely candidate on the powertrain front is the 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder used in the CX-9 and CX-5 SUVs and 6 sedan/wagon, which produces 170kW of power and 420Nm of torque on regular 91 RON unleaded.
It’s possible – though unlikely, due to the extra cost and development involved – Mazda could retune the engine to prioritise power over torque to improve the driving experience.
The 2021 Mazda 3 turbo will make its full debut on July 8. Stay tuned to Redline for the full reveal.