2017 Mazdaspeed 3

The popularity of high-performance hatchbacks is constantly growing. Almost every car manufacturer has its version in offer. There are models like Golf GTI, Ford Focus ST, Honda Civic Type R etc. As one of the main automakers in the world, Mazda is definitely not an exception. Original high-performance model came in 2009 and it was based on second-generation model of Mazda 3. Since new Mazda 3 came recently, it is expected that new sporty version will come in near future. According to the latest reports, new model is in the final phase of development and it will come in near future, probably next year as 2017 Mazdaspeed 3.

2017 Mazdaspeed 3 front view

2017 Mazdaspeed 3 specs

Although standard model is available also in sedan body style, 2017 Mazdaspeed 3 will be available only as hatchback, just it was case with previous model. Instead of Ford’s C1, new model will ride on company’s new SkyActiv platform and it will come with all-new exterior design, based on standard model, which will completely follow Mazda’s new ‘KODO: Soul of Motion’ design language. Compared to standard Mazda 3 model, 2017 Mazdaspeed 3 will feature several unique details, which will make it look more aggressive and sportier. The cabin is also expected to feature several tweaks, which will accentuate cars sporty character.

2017 Mazdaspeed 3 side view

When it is about engine, exact information is still unknown. According to the latest reports, 2017 Mazdaspeed 3 will be powered by 2.5 liter 4-cylinder Turbocharged SkyActive petrol engine. This engine is used for new Mazda 6 too, but it is expected that it will be significantly tuned up for this occasion. According to some predictions, it will output somewhere between 300 and 320 horsepower and it will be paired with 6-speed manual transmission. It is expected that new model will be also available in AWD configuration.

2017 Mazdaspeed 3

2017 Mazdaspeed 3 release date, price and competition

The 2017 Mazdaspeed 3 is expected to come next year. Although price is still unknown, it is expected that it will cost somewhere between 25.000 and 30.000 dollars. The main rivals will be models like Golf GTI, Honda Civic Type R, Ford Focus ST, Subaru WRX STI etc.