Mazda in North America has released fresh images and details of the new Mazda3 2,5 Turbo, which boasts up to 186 kW.

The new variant was first revealed in Mexico before Mazda released further details in the United States.

The turbocharged Skyactiv-G 2,5T unit (offered in that market in both hatchback and sedan body styles) generates 169 kW and 420 N.m when fed 87-octane petrol and 186 kW and 434 N.m when run on 93-octane fuel. That oomph is directed to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Mazda has yet to announce performance figures for the new variant.

Interestingly, the Japanese firm has revealed it will offer the new Mazda3 2,5 Turbo hatchback with a choice of aero kits. The first (standard) package features a front air dam and rear roof spoiler, while a second (optional) kit added a rear diffuser and side-sill extensions. New 18-inch BBS gloss-black forged wheels are now also available in the States.

In the US, the Mazda3 2,5 Turbo starts at $29 900 (which translates to around R515 000). Don’t expect to see the newcomer in South Africa any time soon though, with the Japanese firm’s local arm telling us in July the “turbocharged engine [in the Mazda3] is only offered to the North American market for the next few years”.

As a reminder, the local Mazda3 range, which touched down in South Africa in July 2019, currently includes a naturally aspirated 1,5-litre unit (88 kW/153 N.m) and a similarly atmospheric 2,0-litre with 121 kW and 213 N.m.