Mazda working on ‘hyper’ Mazda3?

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Words: Nile Bijoux
12 Apr 2019

Mazda may push its incoming Mazda3 into hot hatch territory. But fear not as torque steer will be a thing of the past.

Mazda3 programme manager, Kota Beppu, spoke to Australian media recently and expressed a desire to build a “hyper” hatchback. He couldn’t promise anything but vowed to do his best to push the car into production.

“Nothing is decided. We are in a stage where we are just wondering whether we should study it or not,” he added.

Beppu did confirm that such a car would utilise the i-Activ all-wheel drive system paired with a tuned version of the 2.5-litre turbocharged engine seen in the Mazda6, CX-6 and CX-9.

He even said that the hyper-Mazda would need to be “more friendly to human beings [comfortable] than a Golf GTI.” Bold words, considering he admitted the car doesn’t actually exist yet.

Environmental concerns are also amongst the reasons why Mazda is taking its time with a potential hot hatch. Beppu said that the car should not “put any harm on the environment,” which could indicate electrification is on the cards. Finally, a business case is still needed to ease the car past the bean counters.

While the car is a pipedream for now, we’d be surprised if Mazda doesn’t dip a toe into the hot hatch pool once again.

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