With talks about Civic Type R and Focus RS, it’s not surprising that Mazda is planning on reintroducing their performance-oriented number 3. 2018 Mazdaspeed 3 comes from in-house performance division and should basically be Mazda 3 compact with design, and more importantly, powertrain tweaks.
2018 Mazdaspeed 3 Engine
Regular Skyactiv powertrain lineup won’t cut it here. Mazdaspeed 3 will likely be powered by 2.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with more than 300 horsepower in order to be able to compete with aforementioned vehicles.
Furthermore, performance-oriented Mazda 3 will most likely offer mandatory all-wheel drive configuration which should fix previous generation’s torque-steer problems. For a sporty compact, expect nothing less than true 6-speed manual gearbox which true race car enthusiasts will appreciate.
2018 Mazdaspeed 3 introduction coincides with regular Mazda 3’s mid-cycle refresh which means that sporty compact hatch will look slightly different than current Mazda’s lineup. Still, Mazda’s are among most handsome affordable cars currently available and we expect frontal fascia, at least, to be carried over.
Headlamps might get revised, and Mazdaspeed 3 will get reinforced bumpers on both sides. Furthermore, it will receive special set of wheels, and maybe even unique paint job. Rear end is supposed to get new tail-light graphics, different exhaust tips and a roof-mounted spoiler of larger proportions.
There’s still nothing to be said about Mazdaspeed 3’s interior, at least nothing has been confirmed. Expect, however, Mazda 3’s carried over cabin with special materials and most likely red stitches. Seats should offer suede or Alcantara inserts with already mentioned contrasting stitches, while dashboard will also feature red cues and most likely aluminum accents.
Infotainment cluster will also be carried over from top Mazda 3 models and should get special software in order to better reflect sporty hatch’s cabin. Rest of feature list includes all available connectivity options like Bluetooth, USB ports and iPod integration. Leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel are mandatory in this kind of vehicles, and as model which pretends to sit atop the range, 2018 Mazdaspeed 3 will also get heated front seats.
Safety features are supposed to include anti-lock brakes, mandatory safety system, stability control and special Brembo brake calipers. Furthermore, advanced options should also be carried over from conventional model which translates to available smart city brake support, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, rearview camera, blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alert.
While conventional lineup exhibits some solid fuel efficiency, Mazdaspeed 3 gets stronger powertrain, and turbo one at that. This means that its efficiency is supposed to take a large dip, and 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway seems like a good guess.
Price for 2018 Mazdaspeed 3
Price tag of around $30,000 seems legit for performance division cars which sit at the top of the lineup.
2018 Mazdaspeed 3 will complete compact car’s lineup which generally offers great fuel efficiency and nimble, though bland ride. Pocket performer will offer exactly the opposite: not so great fuel economy, and superb handling and fun drive. Like its conventional siblings, Mazdaspeed 3 will offer new styling, both inside and outside, but should, however, look somewhat different.