Friday, August 21, 2020

Practical Excitement: The 2021 Mazda3 Boasts New Turbo and Aero Kit Option

Photo Credit: Mazda Canada

As a company with 100 years of knowledge with 70 years inside the auto industry, Mazda has settled securely into a philosophy of building compact, affordable vehicles. However, even though their customers are looking for high value transportation, they continue to crave a level of fun on four wheels. A compact car that has earned a great deal of respect for the Japanese auto company in recent years recognized as AJAC’s 2020 Canadian Car of the Year as well as the World Car Design of the Year, the fourth generation Mazda3 immediately drew attention on delivering a new level of refinement and elegance for a family-oriented price tag. A year after the popular redesign, the Mazda3 is bolstered by increased performance coming through the benefit of turbocharging for the 2021 model year. 

Mazda’s first turbocharged gasoline engine developed in concert with their Skyactiv technology, the Skyactiv-G 2.5T powerplant adds deeper, more alluring responsiveness and driving attitude to the Mazda3 lineup. A direct-injected power unit that first appeared in 2016 with the CX-9, the inclusion of the Skyactiv-G 2.5T engine with the 2021 Mazda3 demonstrates rapid low-to-mid range acceleration as well as overall potency equal to that of a V-6 engine. The Mazda3 turbocharged engine generates 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque when running on premium gasoline. On lower 87 octane gasoline, the Skyactiv-G 2.5T powerplant provides a more subdued 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque of performance. The turbocharged gasoline engine with the 2021 Mazda3 comes paired with an i-Activ all-wheel drive system as standard equipment.

Photo Credit: Mazda Canada

Available with the sedan and hatchback versions of the Mazda3, the 2021 model year car will be offered as three trim options. In addition to the Mazda3 GT Turbo AWD model, a variant with a Premium Package will include added content such as an expanded i-Acticsense safety suite with Traffic Jam Assist operates alongside Mazda Radar Cruise Control that applies steering input assistance at speeds less than 65 kilometers per hour. Smart Brake Support Rear Crossing, driver’s side auto-dimming outer mirror, windshield wiper de-icer and HomeLink wireless control is also equipped with Premium Package. The third available trim level relates to Mazda’s already-announced 100th Anniversary Edition package. An extension of the 2021 Mazda3 GT Turbo AWD with Premium Package, the 100th Anniversary Edition model is finished with a Snowflake White Pearl paint on the outside and a Garnet Red interior. Special 100th Anniversary logos will appear on the front fender, headrests and floor mats. 

The first turbocharged engine found on Mazda’s small vehicle since the discontinuation of the Mazdaspeed3 in 2013, the new 2021 Mazda3 GT Turbo AWD starts at a Canadian price of $32,900 for the sedan or $33,900 for the hatchback model. Customers can also choose to add an available Sports Pack Aero Kit. Adding a front air dam, rear roof spoiler, rear diffuser and side sill extensions, the Sports Pack Aero Kit is an option set to retail for $2,899. Another performance-tailoring touch offered on the 2021 Mazda3 is BBS 18-inch gloss black forged wheels.

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