Rumors about a Mazda3 MPS / MazdaSpeed3 have been circulating for months but a new report is indicating the model will be launched in the second half of 2016.

Rumors about a Mazda3 MPS / MazdaSpeed3 have been circulating for months but a new report is indicating the model will be launched in the second half of 2016.

According to Automotive News, the Mazda3 MPS will be based on the facelifted Mazda3 and feature an aggressive body kit and larger wheels with high-performance tires.

Power will reportedly be provided by a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine that produces more than 300 bhp (223 kW). There are also rumors about an all-wheel drive system but nothing is official as of yet.

In related news, the publication is reporting Mazda will launch an entry-level CX-3 crossover in the United States in June. An MX-5 Coupe is also slated to arrive approximately one year after the roadster is launched.

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