2021 Mazda 3 teased with turbo power – July 8 debut

It’s finally happening! The fourth-generation Mazda 3 looks set to receive a turbocharged engine for the 2021 model year, according to a teaser posted on Mazda USA’s YouTube page. The link to the short clip was also used in several replies the company posted on Twitter, which were accompanied by the caption: “power comes to those who wait.”

If you’re expecting further details, the teaser video doesn’t really provide much aside from the sound of an engine being revved and a launch date set for July 8. However, the much-anticipated model is tipped to be powered by a SkyActiv-G 2.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit that is already being used for the CX-5, CX-9 and Mazda 6.

No output figures for now, but the mill is expected to serve up 250 hp and 420 Nm of torque, which is the same as the Mazda 6 sold in North America. Keep in mind that those figures are with 93 octane fuel, and you get 227 hp with 87 octane fuel over there. The engine will likely be paired with a six-speed automatic driving the front wheels, with the option of an all-wheel drive system.

The addition of turbocharging to the latest Mazda 3 has generated a lot of hype, with many hoping for a revival of the high-performance “MPS” nameplate. Sadly, this won’t be the case as the Japanese carmaker has stated time and time again that it has no plans to do so. Nonetheless, are you excited for a Mazda 3 turbo?

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Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • 4G63T DSM on Jun 26, 2020 at 11:26 am

    I bet a lot of mazda enthusiasts are holding thier breath for a new Mazdaspeed 3.

    Considering the new 3 has AWD, the 2.5 turbo technically could be tuned to well over 300hp. (the old speed 3 with the 2.3T already makes 260+ and tunable to 300). What’s not to like about a well built car with a nice looking interior with AWD and 300hp.

    A civic type r challenger in the making.

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    • Civic Turbo 2018 on Jun 26, 2020 at 1:28 pm

      This is a joke. After SKYACTIV for so many years. Turbocharging is inevitable. BMW, Honda, so many had learned that. Now Mazda’s turn

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      • Dont forget about that failed Skyactive X technology which they tout to win over diesel car. Guess that has been thrown outside the window.

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    • Mr Visionary on Jun 26, 2020 at 2:20 pm

      Nice seeing this 2.5 turbo mazda 3 being launched which comes with AEB which means continental cheapskate 3 series and c class without AEB will be put to shame. Besides it will smoke those cheapskate small engine turbo cars like the civic, one small tap on throttle the civic will be gone in the rear view mirror

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      • poor man bmw benz on Jun 27, 2020 at 10:41 pm

        dont always aeb this aeb that la dude. C class and 3 series got already la. old topic d la..mazda is just a wannabe a poor man bmw benz la..if madza owner can stretch a bit more budget they will all go for bmw benz d la. they cant because they already stretch max and only manage to get mazda. No lenglui wanna sit in mazda if got another guy driving bmw benz to fetch them. even entry lvl lenglui will ditch the mazda.

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  • seancorr (Member) on Jun 26, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Easy job, just throw the existing 2.5T which was originally meant for their SUV into their hatch. This model will not do well in markets which heavily tax high cc models like Thailand, China and here in Malaysia.

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  • Ben Yap on Jun 26, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    after the civic turbo is out in the market for almost 4 years, mazda only follow suit with a turbocharge engine. this means that honda technology is 4 years ahead of mazda.

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    • Yea so your logic is Turbo is new technology. Tell that to the previous 3 generations worth of Mazda Speed 3

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  • The addition of turbo has perfected this stylish Mazda 3! Now this the time to consider this mazda3 turbo! Be fear, civic Ketam!

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  • Another expensive T version. Any takers?

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  • autodriver (Member) on Jun 26, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Mazda should have develop a new small displacement turbocharged engine like 1.5T or 2.0T. To put 2.5T into Mazda 3 seems not favourable for many market include Malaysia with higher road tax. With a massive 420nm this Mazda 3 MUST come with AWD as standard. The car with such a high torque will easy trigger traction control if in 2WD model. A 1.5T with torque of 250nm is ideal for Mazda 3 body size.

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    • Visionary on Jun 27, 2020 at 10:22 am

      But with 1.5t it means it will be compared with cheapskate civics, or cheapass continentals, prefer it to have this engine so it’s like in a league of its own

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    • Ahmad on Jun 27, 2020 at 4:23 pm

      Never ever, buy a small cc turbocharged. There’s not enough room for the air to be capture inside the chamber. So small cc car underutilises the O2 which makes the car underperform. Those turbocharge car just give high torque at very beginning or RPM.

      Notice the old car can ram the engine until the rpm needle shaking? Thats a quality engine. Fast rev means good respond and high utilisation of air, with the help of TC. I just wondering why not using supercharge. SC can solve turbo lag without using mechanical item so can calculate the air much now accurate.

      High revving-capable engine is really for the enthusiast.

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      • dingdong on Jun 30, 2020 at 9:43 am

        Rpm needle shake = quality engine. Whats next, shaking tire = quality suspension?

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  • Dontgetkencing on Jun 29, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    It is all the time before 2020 they already using 2.5T in mazda 3.. (source youtube and google)

    Only malaysia get the 1.5,

    The 2.5T malaysia will not get.

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