Mazda recently announced plans to introduce a breathtaking new turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder to the Mazda3 line-up next year. While there is no confirmation that this newest contender for the title of the sportiest hatchback will be available in SA, but it’s just too exciting not to talk about!
What’s clear from the outset that this 2021 Mazda3 will be purpose-built for performance. This one is for Mazda fans who want to compete with the likes of the VW Golf GTI on the road. The nimble hatch will feature predictive i-Activ all-wheel drive for stability and control and its Skyactiv-G 2.5 Turbo engine will deliver up to an impressive 227 horsepower. Power and control working together in complete harmony to lend the driver unparalleled responsiveness on the road. The inline four-cylinder will send 186kW and 434Nm to all corners, via a six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.
To keep drivers safe while out and about, the 2021 Mazda3 will include the standard i-Activsense safety technologies like Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Smart Brake Support, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Driver Attention Alert, Adaptive Front-lighting system and High Beam Control.
The new Mazda3 will be available with a choice of ‘aero kits’ that feature optional extras like a rear roof spoiler or side-sill additions. There will be no doubt in the minds of other drivers on the road that this model loves to race.
For comfort while watching the landscape blur by, the Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo will come with all manner of quality-of-life features, like heated front seats and steering wheel, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot and a premium audio system from Bose. Drivers will also enjoy an 8.8-inch large infotainment display with Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio, two convenient front USB ports and Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry – Everything needed to get from point A to B in comfort and style.
Currently, this feisty new addition to the Mazda3 line-up has been introduced to the new-vehicle markets of North America and Mexico, with no word on local availability. South Africa’s healthy market for performance hatchbacks should provide enough reason for Mazda to release and distribute this exciting new offering here. Only time will tell if the Mazda3 2.5T will reach our shores next year.