The Mazda 3 is the company’s best selling model and for a good reason. It is reasonably cheap to own, it looks great and it is a blast to drive. The car, like any other, is not perfect, though. It lacks a more powerful version and it isn’t exactly the best car regarding comfort. Things have been improved with the facelifted model but not by much. It seems that Mazda might be preparing for a new model altogether.
Even though it is not official so far, the 2019 Mazda 3 might be an all new car. The rumors started to spread around the internet not that long ago and some of them might just be true.
While the 2 and 2.5 liter engines of the 2019 Mazda 3 will likely remain the same, things might change for the other engines. These are the only offerings in the US but other markets also get a 1.5 liter gas, a 1.5 liter diesel and a 2.2 liter diesel. The latter might eventually hit the US shores in a modified form. This could easily develop over 140 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque in which case it would become quite interesting. With the 2019 model we might see a return for the Mazdaspeed model.
This is expected to boast a 2.5 liter turbocharged inline four mated to a 6-speed manual and an all wheel drive system. With north of 300 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, it should be more than capable to at least challenge the new Focus RS.