2021 Mazda3 now available with turbo power
For those who wish better performance out of the Mazda3, the Japanese carmaker has just announced that availability of a 2.5-liter inline-four turbo engine for their flagship model that produces a much-improved 250hp and 434Nm of torque. Both the Mazda3 sedan and hatchback will have an additional Turbo variant equipped with this engine.
Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) recently shared the first full look at the 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo hatchback. Check out the images below.
Despite being a welcome development, the new Mazda3’s supposed improvements come with a few hitches. For starters, the more powerful engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, which means the vehicle intends less to be a performance model and more as a range-topping luxury variant for the Mazda3 family.
Further adding to the idea is the fact that there are no enhancements to be seen in the chassis, suspension, and brakes for this supposedly upgraded model.
Turbo owners will also need to keep using premium 93 octane fuel to coax the maximum power from the engine, otherwise, using regular 87 octane will only yield 227hp.
As for unique attributes, there's very little difference between the Turbo and naturally aspirated trims, with a few Turbo badges and larger exhaust tips serving as the only distinguishing features. The sedan version does come with a differently-styled front bumper along with a blacked-out mesh grille.
Still, the Mazda3 Turbo talks the talk even if it doesn’t walk the walk, as it has the sporty look down pat. An available Aero Kit option gives the car a more aggressive feel via a front air dam, rear roof spoiler, a rear diffuser and side sill extensions—the last two of which are available as an add-on via the Premium Plus package. New BBS 18-inch gloss black forged wheels are available on all Mazda3 models.
The Premium Plus package also includes navigation, leather seats, , rear cross-traffic braking, rear automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, 360-degree camera, HomeLink wireless control system, and an intelligent Traffic Jam Assist that provides steering inputs below 65 kmph to stay in lane.
As for standard convenience features, the Mazda3 Turbo comes with 8.8-inch large center display with Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio, Bose premium 12-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, dual front USB inputs and Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry.
Mazda says that the 2.5 Turbo models will be available by the end of this year, beginning in North America. The standard 2.5 Turbo sedan starts at USD29,900 (approx. PHP1.46 million before fees and taxes), and the hatchback at USD 30,900 (PHP1.52 million).
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