Next Mazdaspeed3 Could go Diesel

Next Mazdaspeed3 Could go Diesel

Mazda officials are considering using a diesel powerplant for the next-generation Mazdaspeed3 hot hatch. According to Car & Driver, Mazda USA product boss Robert Davis made the comments at a decent technology seminar hosted by the Japanese automaker.

Davis did say that were the company to go this route “performance wouldn’t be degraded. That’s somewhat reassuring, but as to how to achieve such an outcome wouldn’t be easy. And changing the characteristics of the relatively high-revving hatch to a diesel beast with even more torque steer doesn’t sound attractive at all.

One of the reasons Davis is even considering the switch is that he believes the younger buyers choosing a car like this don’t have the negative perception of diesels that the older generation does.

More reassuring is new that Mazda has already begun testing a turbocharged version of the new Sky gasoline engine – just in case the diesel thing doesn’t pan out.

[Source: Car & Driver]

  • Simple. Give it a 4WD system. This world needs a new 323 GTX/GT-R.

  • Outsideroller

    here’s the simple solution Mazda; you will need to turbocharge the 2.5 liter and add allwheel drive. Yes we expect it will cost just north of 30k, but it would make the next generation competitive with the current Golf R and up coming Dodge Srt 4. Diesel fuel is way too expensive for most drivers

  • Anteraan

    Bingo! 170-ish hp would be enough for me in a car that is expected to be about 200-300 pounds lighter than current, and all that torque in an AWD system. Oh yeah, and then there is the fuel economy that a diesel can provide…delicious!

  • Powderhound

    I think Mazda can come up with a more affordable, possibly more reliable GTI fighter. It would certainly be prettier, IMHO. Is 280 hp and AWD really necessary for a great hatchback?

  • Phucko

    That’s great news…for Subaru!