Mazda is one of the few mainstream car companies renowned for creating cars for people that actually enjoy driving, which makes it all the stranger that there isn’t actually a true performance model in the line-up at present.
That looks set to change in the early 2020s, with Autocar reporting that a hot version of the Mazda3 is on the drawing board.
The UK publication quotes insiders as claiming that although such a hot hatch has yet to be officially signed off, this is merely a “formality”.
When asked about the project at a regional launch for the new Mazda3, programme manager Kota Beppu said “I’m a car guy, so I myself want to drive a high performance Mazda 3… I’ll do my best”.
Autocar further reports that following various discussions on the power source, Mazda’s 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine has emerged as the most likely engine choice.