No manual transmission option for upcoming Mazda3 Turbo

Updated Jul 07, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates
At least the Mazda3 Turbo comes with paddle shifters.

It seems that it’s all systems go for the Mazda3 turbo’s debut. In fact, days before its actual reveal, which is scheduled on July 8, details about the 3 hatchback (or Sportback)’s turbo version emerged online through a video uploaded in Mazda Mexico’s Youtube channel.

We just had to let this out right off the bat, it appears that there’s no manual transmission option for the upcoming Mazda3 turbo. But, the car has paddle shifters, which is good enough for you to have a more spirited drive.   

The Mazda3 hatchback turbo is powered by a 2.5-liter engine that puts out 227 hp and 420 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and the 3 hatch turbo comes with All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system.

Now, to put things in perspective, the Mazda3 turbo’s power output can significantly match the Volkswagen Golf GTI’s 228 hp.

Mazda Mexico President

Mazda Maxico President Miguel Barbeyto presents the Mazda3 hatch turbo

Mazda Mexico also said that the 3 hatchback turbo comes with a set of 18-inch aluminum wheels in black, LED headlights, a sunroof, and 12 Bose speakers.

The car is fitted with seven airbags, reverse sensors, a rearview camera, and blind-spot monitoring, which are among the standard safety features in modern cars. The Mazda3 hatch turbo also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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The last time Mazda offered a turbocharged Mazda 3 model was in 2013, which was the 2.3-liter MZR L-Series engine. With that in mind, it would be interesting to see how the 3 hatchback turbo performs in terms of sales in the Philippine market.

If it arrives here, it could be a serious competition for the Honda Civic RS and the Subaru WRX.

Mazda3 Turbo rear

The Mazda3 hatch turbo comes with a set of 18-inch aluminum wheels

As such, could Mazda Philippines bring the Mazda 3 turbo in the market? The company has released a teaser over the weekend, which points us to believe that it will be revealing a new car soon by hinting that “something exciting is coming your way.”

Could that be the Mazda3 Turbo? Well, the idea might not be that far fetched since the said vehicle is already introduced in Mexico, and sales will be starting on July 20. 

However, you also have to note that Mazda has introduced a Mazda3 that’s powered by a 2.0-liter SkyActiv-X gasoline in Australia. The said engine is Mazda’s new engine that uses a Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) system.

It basically combines how gasoline and diesel engines work. The SkyActiv-X engine uses the spark ignition tech of a gasoline engine along with the compression ignition of a diesel.

This is said to give the vehicle more power, as well as trimming down its emission levels, and contributes to better fuel economy. The SkyActiv-X engine produces 178 hp and 224 Nm of torque.

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Martin Aguilar

Martin is the Content Editor of Philkotse. Aside from his interest in cars, he loves to read crime-thriller novels, play basketball (note: video game only), eat tapsilog, and go for random road trip adventures.