If there was any hope, now it is over. Mazda 6 MPS or Mazdaspeed 3 performance-oriented car came to an end and we won’t see it. At least in a foreseeable future. The Japanese company decided to discontinue this vehicle for good. The reason – slow sales. Well, it saw two generations in six years, and it’s been over five years since the last time it was available for purchase. A recent interview with Mazda’s PRs made fans sure that Mazda 3 MPS is not coming back.
According to Tony Mee, PR of Australian department, since the discontinuation, there were no talks about the Mazda 3 MPS performance hatchback. Also, there won’t be such ideas, since it would be waste of time and funds. Developing a new hot hatchback in the era of crossovers and SUVs would be a gamble, Mee adds. So, the company will turn to the more attractive vehicles and models.
Why Would Mazda 3 MPS Come Back?
The hot hatchback was somehow unique. Now, we can see turbocharged Ford Focus and Fiesta in RS and ST variations. But, back in 2006, the star in this segment was Mazdaspeed 3. Also called MPS thanks to Mazda Performance Series. Back in its prime, the vehicle used a 2.3-liter turbo engine. Thanks to it, Mazda 3 MPS developed 263 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque. This energy went through a six-speed manual gearbox and it was distributed to all wheels.
This power stunned everyone behind the steering wheel. Owners and drivers were so excited about this ride. However, not too many enthusiasts were ready to pay for a performance-oriented hatchback. The Mazda 3 MPS could sprint to 60 mph / 100 kmh in just 6 seconds. The car is also able to reach a top speed of 250 kmh / 155 mph. Who wouldn’t like such power?
Although the Mazda 3 MPS is a cool hatchback, it has its lacks. Many buyers were not happy with space in the second row. It could be pretty tight back there, even if you are not so tall person. Also, the second generation didn’t solve a cabin noise issue so well. The turbo engine is loud, and lack of good isolation could is disturbing. However, if you prefer the power, this is not going to be a downside. But, if the road is not perfect, the noise is there again.
Another bad thing about the Mazda 3 MPS was its fuel economy. With 10 liters consumed for 100 kilometers (23 mpg), this was not a great result for such vehicle. Also, its price of almost $40,000 back in 2013 was a stumbling block for many buyers. However, the vehicle found many fans in Australia, and ever since they are asking about the comeback. Too bad, folks – the Japanese company is definitely not returning MPS to its lineup.
Rich Equipment Brings a Lot Of Fun
Well, if something was excellent on the Mazda 3 MPS hot hatchback, that was the level of equipment. From a driver chair all the way to the trunk, everything is perfectly crafted. All commands are easy to access – shift knob, control buttons, dashboard… The seat is at a slightly higher position than on regular Mazda 3. But, it increases visibility. Also, the control panel and gauges are transparent.
The suspension setup is pretty harsh. It could be slightly uncomfortable. However, passengers are not going to feel too much upset, since the car is soaking corners and turning. The highlight of the infotainment system is audio. Mazda 3 MPS always used premium setup, and owners just loved it. Well, the powerful audio system fits perfectly into this vehicle’s nature.
Mazda 3 MPS Future
Discontinuation of the Mazda 3 MPS is not a surprise. Ford is going to recall its hatchbacks and sedans since they can’t compete with other vehicles on the market. The crossovers and SUVs time is now, and all other vehicles can’t cope with their versatility. Compact crossovers are delivering the same characteristics as hatchbacks. For the same price, buyers are getting larger and a more powerful unit. We don’t have to mention that means more room inside and extra comfort.
Well, on the other side, the Mazda 3 MPS is a performance-oriented car. There are a lot of fans still in love with such vehicles. But, that is not enough sales to cover the company’s investment. It’s been five years since the last appearance of the Mazda 3 MPS and it would take a lot of time to modernize the old car with new features and systems. And money, of course. On the other hand, there are many compact and subcompact crossovers offering similar outputs with turbo engines. For example, Hyundai Tucson and Nissan Juke can deliver respectable amounts of power from such drivetrains.
Regarding the MPS, this department could create some upgrades for new stars of the company. Neither chiefs nor PRs is denying this idea. They rubbished stories about Mazda 3 MPS without a blink. However, the idea of Mazda crossover performance series could become a reality pretty soon.