The Mazdaspeed 3 is a high-performance version of company’s popular compact hatchback. This variant was originally introduced in 2009, based on second generation of Mazda 3 hatchback (this model is also available in sedan body style). Since new, third generation of this model was released in 2013 as 2014 year model, we all expect to see a sporty variant soon. According to the latest reports, new model will come as 2016 Mazdaspeed 3, and it is expected to be launched by the end of year.
2016 Mazdaspeed 3 specs
Just like previous-generation model, 2016 Mazdaspeed 3 will be based on the hatchback version of this popular compact car. It will ride on new Skyactiv chassis, instead if Ford’s C1 platform. When it is about exterior look, it will be pretty much as standard model, so it will completely feature company’s new ‘KODO: Soul of Motion’ design language, that was originally introduced with models like CX-5 and Mazda 6. However, 2016 Mazdaspeed will feature several unique details like new bumpers, spoiler etc. which will provide a little bit sportier look.
Interior will remain pretty much unchanged, but you should also expect some sporty tweaks. Biggest changes are expected under the hood. However, exact details are still unknown. Earlier predictions were that Mazda could go on a high-performance diesel but, according to the latest reports, 2016 Mazdaspeed will be powered by 2.5 liter turbocharged Skyactive petrol engine, which will be additionally tuned up for this occasion – between 300 and 320 horsepower. One additional, very important novelty is that new model will feature AWD system instead of current front-wheel drive configuration.
2016 Mazdaspeed 3 competition
Current high-performance hatch has models like Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST as main rivals. However, it 2016 Mazdaspeed comes with AWD, it will be able to compete even with models such as Subaru WRX STI etc.
2016 Mazdaspeed 3 release date and price
The 2016 Mazdaspeed 3 is expected to come late this year. Compared to the current model, it is expected to cost slightly higher. According to the latest reports, starting price is expected to be somewhere around 30.000 dollars.