New Mazdaspeed 3 Could Zoom Zoom to Life as a Concept This Fall

For Mazda fans, there has been a disturbance in the force. The brand’s Skyactiv technologies have permeated the lineup, saving fuel and shedding weight, but standout performers from the firm’s in-house Mazdaspeed tuning arm have yet to return. Reportedly, that won’t stay the case for long.  Australia’s Motoring reports that the next generation Mazdaspeed 3 will make its debut appearance in concept form at this fall’s Frankfurt auto show, suggesting that it could arrive as a production model for 2016 or 2017. Like its high-performance Mazda 3 predecessors, the new Mazdaspeed 3 is expected to strap a turbocharger to the largest of its current four-cylinder engines – this time, the 2.5-liter Skyactiv unit. RELATED: Take a closer look at the late-great 2013 Mazdaspeed 3 The publication predicts power output to come close to the 300 horsepower mark and is expected to be delivered to the ground via all four wheels. That comes as welcome news considering the old Mazdaspeed 3 had a love for turning right under heavy torque. It also widens the increasingly spicy hot hatchback market stateside. The expected 300-horsepower Mazda would find ample competition in the likes of the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen GTI. Of other interesting Mazda news, Motoring suggests the company will bring back a new Mazdaspeed 6, also expected with all-wheel drive and the turbo 2.5-liter engine, as well as a new CX-7 crossover based on a stretched CX-5 chassis. Given the burgeoning appetite for small sporty crossovers, I wouldn’t be surprised if a Mazdaspeed CX-3 comes around either. RELATED: The 2006 Mazdaspeed 6 is an all-wheel drive performance bargain ______________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide

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