EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the number of new engine options for the Mazda3 in Canada in the 2021 model year.
The 2021 Mazda3 is getting a tuneup. Mazda Canada said Wednesday the 2021 compact sedan and hatchback that begin arriving in U.S. showrooms next month — and in late 2020 in Canada — will offer a new turbocharged engine option north of the border.
While the naturally aspirated 2.0-litre, four-cylinder with 155 hp and the 2.5-litre, nonturbo-four engines carry over, unchanged, the car’s new engine is a turbocharged version of the 2.5-litre four that can deliver as much as 250 hp. That’s 64 more than the 2.5-litre nonturbo installed in 2020 models. Mazda refers to all three engines as Skyactiv-G.
The horsepower rating of the 2.5-litre turbo engine — the Skyactive-G 2.5T — varies based on the grade of fuel. When the engine is filled with 87 octane regular, horsepower is rated at 227. When 93 octane premium fuel is used, horsepower climbs to 250.
“After listening to the voice of customers and fans, Mazda is bringing the powerful 2.5T into the mix,” Mazda Canada said in a statement.
The turbocharged model comes with a full menu of infotainment and safety equipment. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi hotspot, 8.8-inch screen and Bluetooth are standard, while radar cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and adaptive front lighting are available further up the trim line.
The 2021 Mazda3 and Mazda3 sport will go on sale in the fall with a base price of $22,500, before shipping.
Greg Layson contributed to this report.