The turbo hatch has been officially unveiled, boasting more power and torque than previously reported.
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North American arms of Mazda have officially revealed a turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Mazda 3 hatch and sedan, however the model is no closer to receiving Australian confirmation.

Available for US, Canadian and Mexican markets, the turbocharged petrol 3 is expected to be produced only in left-hand-drive form for the foreseeable future.

While the engine is used in upper trims of Australian-delivered CX-5, CX-9 and Mazda 6, Mazda’s local arm has said today a Mazda 3 turbo is no closer to confirmation for Australia – although it is understood to have made a strong pitch to get the variant here.

For those who like to dream, the Mazda 3 turbo picks up a 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine outputting 186kW and 434Nm when run on US-rated 93 octane – roughly the equivalent of Australian 98 octane petrol.

Previous reports – based on promotional footage released by a Mexican Mazda dealer – put the figures at 170kW and 420Nm for the warmed-up hatch. These outputs are still applicable for the engine when run on lower octane fuels.

The new figures places the Mazda 3 turbo in the league of true hot hatches, such as the Ford Focus ST (206kW/420Nm), Volkswagen Golf R (213kW/380Nm), and Honda Civic Type R (228kW/400Nm).

However, the Mazda 3 turbo’s lower power-to-torque ratio – and the fact the model will only be sold with a six-speed automatic transmission – still suggests the car is not designed to compete with hotter hatches in sportiness.

Sold as GT and Sport GT trims in North American markets, the 2.5-litre turbo Mazda 3 models come standard with the suite of Mazda’s infotainment and safety tech, mirroring much of what is seen on the Australian-delivered G25 Astina trim.

The turbo models will also pick up larger exhaust tips, 18-inch black alloy wheels, 'turbo' badging on the boot and engine cover, and gloss black front grille and heated door mirrors.

A Premium Plus Package adds a gloss black rear spoiler to both hatch and sedan models with a revised front air dam.