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 |  Sep 02 2014, 7:02 AM

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New details on a successor to the current Mazdaspeed3 are starting to emerge.

According to a recent report, Mazda will give its compact car an overhaul for the 2017 model year that will include new sheet metal in the second half of 2016. The model will also be underpinned by a revamped version of the car’s current SkyActiv platform and will coincide with the return of the high-performance Mazdaspeed3 variant. It is likely that the new Mazdaspeed3 will be powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter Skyactiv engine, which will make an appearance in the redesigned CX-9 launching the same year.

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Rumor has it that the Japanese automaker might give the Mazdaspeed3 all-wheel drive, making it a possible competitor to the Suburu WRX STI and helping fill a void in the sports car market, especially now that the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is being killed. The company hasn’t made an official announcement yet about the car, but a report from Automotive News suggests the powertrain in the new Mazdaspeed3 will make roughly 300 hp.

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[Source: Automotive News]

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  • Rocket

    So Subaru, you still think killing the 5-door WRX/STI was a good idea?

  • AJ

    x2, All the WRX/STi hatch fans will flock to the new mazdaspeed3 if they offer AWD.Especially if it has comparable performance numbers.