It seems we won’t have to wait much longer to see the new-generation Mazda3 hot hatch in all its turbocharged glory.
Mazda published a teaser video today on its US social media channels, which featured the sound of an engine revving and the date July 8, 2020.
To these ears, the engine in question sounds like an angry four-cylinder unit, one which is likely turbocharged, with the teaser video providing no visual hints.
This would be consistent with a Jalopnik report from three weeks ago that cited leaked screenshots of MY21 product details from a Mazda dealership’s extranet system, which confirmed the Mazda3 would soon get a new turbocharged engine option .
In fact, the leak went as far as to confirm the turbocharged engine would be mated to an all-wheel-drive system and an automatic transmission, likely a torque-converter unit. And it won’t just be a hatch, with a sedan version also set to be in the mix.
We still don’t know the size and outputs of the turbocharged engine, let alone its cylinder count, but a fair bet would be the 170kW/420Nm 2.5-litre four-cylinder unit already used in the Mazda6 mid-size car, CX-5 mid-size SUV and CX-9 large SUV.
That said, Mazda might instead have a more potent tune in the works, but don’t make the mistake of expecting the turbocharged engine to herald the return of the high-performance MPS badge to the Mazda3, with the new model expected to be more conservative.
Either way, Mazda Australia previously told CarsGuide it has its eye on all new models, although it stopped short of confirming the turbocharged engine’s local availability.
Needless to say, we too are counting down the days until July 8, although the time difference between the US and Australia likely means we won’t see what Mazda has in store until the next day.