Newly Potent Mazda 3's Power Specs Revealed

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
newly potent mazda 3s power specs revealed

Mazda fans wanted more power, and that wish will soon be granted. As we learned via dealership codes last month, the 2021 Mazda 3 will give buyers the option of boosting their car’s output via a new turbocharged engine.

As this month is all about vehicle debuts, there isn’t long to wait before the newly potent 3 gets its own public unveiling. And thanks to a Mexican ad, the model’s power levels are already no longer a mystery.

Spotted by Road & Track, the ad uploaded to YouTube by Mazda México details the North American-market entry for 2021. Joining the existing 2.5-liter four-cylinder for the coming model year is a turbocharged variant of said engine found in the CX-5 compact crossover and 6 sedan.

An uplevel offering, the engine’s output doesn’t surprise. Making a familiar 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, the engine bound for the compact sedan and hatch will arrive with standard all-wheel drive in tow, as well as a six-speed automatic. The ad seems to confirm what the dealership model codes already did, which is that there’ll be no six-speed manual with which to manage that newfound power. Bummer for those people who’d be willing to order a manual version of an uplevel mainstream car, however few they may be.

It seems buyers of the 2.5T will enjoy standard blacked-out 18-inch wheels, which comes as no surprise, as all but the very base 2020 models come with some form of 18-inch hoops.

What’s left to learn is exactly how pricey this upgrade will be. It would be in Mazda’s best interests to make the turbo engine available to as many would-be buyers as possible, not just buyers of the top-flight premium package.

Indeed, Mazda needs some way of arresting the 3’s downward slide in the U.S. market. After seeing volume plunge in 2019 despite the model’s new sheet metal and available AWD, Mazda messed around with content and pricing for 2020, only to be hit with a pandemic — during which compact mainstream cars suffered more than any other segment. Sales of the 3 fell 46.6 percent, year over year, in the first quarter of 2020.

While a slow recovery commenced after March and April’s carnage, Mazda’s June sales figures show the 3 down 18.5 percent, year over bad year.

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  • Flipper35 Flipper35 on Jul 07, 2020

    Too bad it is standard AWD. I know it is the trendy thing these days, but it isn't needed the majority of the time.

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    • Flipper35 Flipper35 on Jul 08, 2020

      @FreedMike As I said, you don't really need it the majority of the time. It is just extra weight and complexity that drags fuel economy down for all those drives where there isn't 6" of snow on the ground or you are doing full bore standing starts.

  • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Jul 07, 2020

    If Mazda put this engine in the CX-30, they could revive the Mazdaspeed name and get some legacy MS owners in the showroom, along with those wanting something bigger than a GTI but with some fun.

    • Slavuta Slavuta on Jul 07, 2020

      Don't jump too high. I've done my sitting in this. I think, Mazda3 rear seat is slightly more tilted and hence more comfortable that cx30. I don't know if GTI is smaller.

  • Bobby D'Oppo Great sound and smooth power delivery in a heavier RWD or AWD vehicle is a nice blend, but current V8 pickup trucks deliver an unsophisticated driving experience. I think a modern full-size pickup could be very well suited to a manual transmission.In reality, old school, revvy atmo engines pair best with manual transmissions because it's so rewarding to keep them in the power band on a winding road. Modern turbo engines have flattened the torque curve and often make changing gears feel more like a chore.
  • Chuck Norton For those worried about a complex power train-What vehicle doesn't have one? I drive a twin turbo F-150 (3.5) Talk about complexity.. It seems reliability based on the number of F-150s sold is a non-issue. As with many other makes/models. I mean how many operations are handle by micro today's vehicles?
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