Confirmed in a video released by Mazda Mexico, the force-fed Mazda3 will use a 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine outputting 227hp (170kW) and 310ft/lb (420Nm) through a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive system.
These numbers are a match for the 2.5-litre turbo unit used in the Australian-delivered CX-9, CX-5 and Mazda 6, but specifics of the new model are still to be revealed. Mazda Australia has told CarAdvice today that while it is keen on bringing the model here, there is still no update regarding Australian delivery.
Given the relatively high torque-to-power ratio of the warmer Mazda 3, it’s likely the model has been developed with daily drivability as its focus, rather than all-out performance.
By comparison, the all-wheel-drive, turbocharged Volkswagen Golf R produces 213kW and 380Nm.
Mazda has previously teased the turbo model with the tagline "power comes to those who wait", announcing an official global reveal for July 8. While the Mexican-market details has broken cover early, it's unlikely to vary much in other regions.
Details revealed in Mazda Mexico's video suggest the turbocharged Mazda 3 won't offer any styling enhancements, looking much like the G25 Astina already sold in Australia (pictured above).
And, as is the case with CX-5 and Mazda 6, the turbo engine option will be reserved for high-grade models.