2016 Mazda 3 MPS Release Date

2016 Mazda 3 MPS (Mazda Performance Series) or 2016 MazdaSpeed 3 will be based on a refreshed Mazda 3 model. MPS, as it is called in Europe, or MazdaSpeed 3, in the US, will bring various news for 2016 model year, mainly regarded to its performance. The styling cues will probably be taken from the recently changed Mazda 3, which will be additionally enhanced and reworked n order to fulfill the expectations of the sport-car fans.

2016 Mazda 3 MPS Front

2016 Mazda 3 MPS styling

Exterior changes on Mazda 3 MPS for 2016 model year will include aggressive styling. New and bigger allow wheels will be packed with sportier exhaust system and stronger braking system. Narrower headlights and taillights, with sharper body lines show the real nature of the 2016 Mazda’s 3 MPS.

Inside, Japanese automaker will have special trim for sport-tuned version of the 2016 Mazda 3. If we look at the regular model we can notice that the list of standards is pretty long, so expect the MPS version to follow its footsteps. The level of safety and tuning features will be expanded for the MPS version. Sportier seat design with special color-scheme will additionally enhance the appearance and enjoyment during the ride.

2016 Mazda 3 MPS  Side

2016 Mazda 3 MPS powertrain

Under the hood of 2016 Mazda 3 MPS will be placed a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine with, approximately, 325 horsepower. This is big news since the previous MPS featured turbocharged 2.3-liter engine, with 265 horsepower. This engine switch provided new MPS to gain 60 horsepower more.

Second big news is related to its platform. Previously known as a front-wheel drive hot-hatch, new generation will bring changes. 2016 Mazda 3 MPS comes with all-wheel drive option, which is the first time in its history.

The power of the engine will be transferred to four wheels via 6-speed manual transmission.

2016 Mazda 3 MPS Interior

2016 Mazda 3 MPS competition

According to the experts, Mazda decided to make such a radical changes due to the fact that it started to fall behind its top competitors. Better power and bolder appearance of its rivals forced Japanese producer to make a change. Popularity of hot-hatches is growing, so Mazda saw this as an opportunity to launch itself among the segment leaders. Closest rivals of the 2016 MPS include Ford Focus ST, the Volkswagen Golf GTI, and the Honda Civic Type-R. Focus ST will now fall behind the Mazda 3 MPS, since its output is rated at total 252 horsepower. Golf GTI gained the acceleration battle, but we will have to wait and see the scores of the upgraded versions of the vehicles, since the numbers will probably be changed.

2016 Mazda 3 MPS price and release

Although some reliable info about this latest MPS was discovered, its release is still not so close. We expect it to appear on the market during the second half of 2016. The starting price will be between $25,000 and $30,000, since its release is still pretty far away. We will inform you about the latest data about the 2016 Mazda 3 MPS, as soon as the producer confirms or releases some news, so stay tuned…

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2 Responses to 2016 Mazda 3 MPS Release Date

  1. Razaq MOHAMMED says:

    Can’t wait for mazda 3 mps

  2. john a. cotino says:

    What about the wind and road noise plus the auto transmission whine in first gear? Are they being improved in the 2016 hatchback?

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