It’s no secret that the Japanese manufacturer is almost done with the development of the next-generation Mazda 3, but latest reports suggest we would see the revival of the famous hi-performance derivate, 2019 Mazdaspeed 3.
This hot hatch has been produced between 2007 and 2013, based on two generations of the famous compact car. After a generation-break, it seems we are about to see it once again on the road. The original model was offered exclusively in North America and Japan, but newest reports claim new version will be available on some other markets as well, including Europe.
The new 2019 Mazdaspeed 3 will be heavily based on the new Mazda 3, featuring same base design characteristics. Of course, expect to see all those mechanical modifications for better performances. Finally, expect to see a new SkyActiv-X engine, boosted up with a turbocharger. The new model should be ready already in the next year.
2019 Mazdaspeed 3 design
Certainly, the 2019 Mazdaspeed 3 will be heavily based on the new generation of the famous compact car. The new version is about to bring plenty of modifications. There is a new architecture, which brings benefits in many aspects. One of them is the use of new, lighter materials, so the new model will definitely save plenty of pounds, which will have a highly positive effect on driving dynamics.
The 2019 Mazdaspeed 3 should go even further, so we will see numerous additional modifications. The company could do some re-tweak to the chassis, which will provide some additional weight savings. Of course, expect to see all those mechanical upgrades, usual for these occasions. This includes new suspension and brakes, as well as many design solutions that will provide better aerodynamics. Finally, expect to see several styling modifications that will accentuate car’s hi-performance character.
2019 Mazdaspeed 3 styling
Besides numerous mechanical modifications, the 2019 Mazdaspeed 3 will also come with numerous distinctive details in terms of visual appearance. Compared to the base Mazda 3, it will probably come with many changes. Count on a completely new body kit, which will include new bumpers, with bigger air intakes, new grille, re-shaped hood etc. From the side, we should see new wheels design, with a bigger diameter for sure.
Finally, the rear end will be full of interesting details as well. Expect to see new rear bumper, along with some hi-performance rear diffuser. Finally, new exhaust should come as well.
On the inside, numerous modifications should also come. Expect tweaks on the dash, new instrument cluster, chrome and aluminum details, or maybe even some carbon fiber materials.
2019 Mazdaspeed 3 with a new SkyActive-X engine
The most interesting thing about the new generation of this compact car is probably the new SkyActiv-X engine. With plenty of revolutionary design solutions, this engine should become a great alternative to electrified powertrains. Compared to current internal-combustion engines, this one should have for about 30% better efficiency. In this particular case, the new 2.0-liter engine will come with a help of one or even twin turbochargers.
We still don’t have numbers, but some reliable sources suggest a max output around 300 horsepower. This huge amount of power should provide amazing performances, with 0-60 time around 4.5 seconds, according to some reports. Despite such amazing performances, fuel economy will be on par with diesel engines, thanks to the new compression ignition technology, which means 30% better compared to the current 2.0-liter gasoline engine.
2019 Mazdaspeed 3 release date and price
It is still early to speculate about some more precise date, but latest reports suggest new model could be ready already in the next year.
The new hatchback will enter the highly competitive segment, with models like Honda Civic Type-R, Ford Focus RS, Golf R and many others.