2016 Mazda3 MPS Redesign, Engine and Review

According to Japanese magazine report, the 2016 Mazda3 MPS hot hatchback or MazdaSpeed3 is believed to be released in second half of 2016. Rumors have been circulating for months that the Mazda3 will be back again, this is truly a good news for the automaker fans. The hot hatch will have an all-wheel-drive system and power will come from its naturally-aspirated SkyActiv engine which boasts fuel efficiency.

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Exterior

According to Automotive News, the Mazda3 MPS will be based on the facelifted Mazda3 and feature an aggressive body kit and larger wheels with high-performance tires.

Interior

Inside, Japanese automaker will have special trim for sport-tuned version of the 2016 Mazda 3. If we look at the regular model we can notice that the list of standards is pretty long, so expect the MPS version to follow its footsteps. The level of safety and tuning features will be expanded for the MPS version. Sportier seat design with special color-scheme will additionally enhance the appearance and enjoyment during the ride.

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Powertrain

Mazda has long dismissed the idea of re-introducing turbochargers to its petrol engine line up, instead preferring to keep refining its naturally-aspirated SkyActiv engines in its pursuit of greater efficiency.

Mazda previously hinted at a diesel-powered MPS model, but that space now appears to be filled by this week’s announcement of the Mazda3 XD Astina, powered by the Mazda6’s 129kW/420Nm 2.2-litre turbo-diesel and available with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

While the next Mazda3 MPS hot hatch should remain manual-only, according to Holiday Auto it will be fitted with all-wheel drive for the first time. That would make it less of a handful to drive than its front-drive predecessor, which was powered by a 190kW/380Nm 2.3-litre turbo-petrol four shared with the CX-7.

The magazine’s source says Mazda has overcome problems associated with adapting turbocharging to the SKYACTIV-G petrol engine’s high 14:1 compression. Bench-testing is said to have measured outputs of up to 235kW, but the report claims the production car will produce 300hp or around 220kW.

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Release Date and Price

If the reports are reliable, then we can safely say that the 2016 Mazda3 MPS hot hatch will be revealed in the second half of 2016. Competition will be Ford Focus ST, the Volkswagen Golf GTI, and the Honda Civic Type-R. Meanwhile, pricing is estimated to start from $25,000. More information should be available as the development progresses, stay tuned!

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