2019 Mazdaspeed3 (Mazda3 MPS) Looks So Good In This Render It Hurts

Mazda hasn’t sold a Mazdaspeed3/Mazda3 MPS hot hatch since 2013 and that’s a real shame given the enthusiastic reception that model got.

Sadly, the third-generation Mazda3 never went the MPS way and chances are the latest one won’t either. But who’s going to stop us from dreaming of one, especially when the fourth-gen Mazda3 looks so sporty in hatchback guise?

Photoshopper X-Tomi Design had a go at imagining what a 2019 Mazdaspeed3/Mazda3 MPS would look like and we’re glad he did it because the result is amazing.

The virtual tricks applied to turn the regular 2019 Mazda3 hatchback into a Mazdaspeed3 include a black roof (presumably made from carbon fiber), matching mirror caps and trim around the windows, as well as a more aggressive front bumper with additional intakes.

Regular 2019 Mazda3 Hatchback
2019 Mazdaspeed3/Mazda3 MPS rendering

We can also spot sharper side sills and a set of larger multi-spoke wheels with red rims that fill the arches much better than the stock wheels — thanks in part to lower ride height. Other MPS-like details include the bigger brake calipers painted red, larger brake discs, and mesh grille.

Unfortunately, when Mazda unveiled the all-new 3 at the LA Auto Show last year, CEO Akira Marumoto said the hot hatch segment wasn’t a priority for the company, ruling out an MPS derivative. Nevertheless, there’s still a ray of hope that a go-fast Mazda3 might happen and that’s the fact that the company has confirmed the 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine fits in the engine bay of the new 3.

Now imagine a Mazdaspeed3 that looks like this motivated by the Mazda6’s Skyactiv-G 2.5T engine. With 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque, it would be offering similar performance to the last Mazda3 MPS which had a 2.3-liter turbo-four that made 260 hp and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) of torque. Add the i-Activ AWD system into the equation and this hypothesis becomes, sadly, too good to be true.

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  • Adilos Nave

    Wow, the bar is set awfully low for Photochops on this site. Gotta love the rubberband tires. Seeing this next to something RainPrisk puts out leaves me shaking my head.

    • Kevin Cagle

      Seriously this is awful looking. I wouldnt go so far as to joke he did it in MS Paint but they obviously dont know how to compress a photo. The one on top is blurry as to look like they put vaseline on the lense.

      • Adilos Nave

        Pasting the wheels in place is extremely simple. Changing the roof and chrome trim around the windows to black is easily done by manipulating the levels and saturation. However, modifying the lower front fascia wouldn’t have been so simple so I’ll give them that.

        • Nordschleife

          I love renders, by all means, show me your interpretation.

          • Adilos Nave

            I just commended the artist on the front bumper. That was well done. All I was saying is that this interpretation doesn’t hold up to the level of quality shown by some of the other concepts shared on this blog.

  • Christian

    look’s dumb..

  • Bo Hanan

    Can’t help but think what the stylist could do for Acura & Subaru.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Tesla Model 3 hatch is all I see in both pictures 🙂

  • salamOOn

    let me put there some 23inch wheels without almost any rubber, its gonna be cool.

  • performante

    I can’t get over that C-pillar.

    • baofe

      Then get a bigger ladder

      • performante


  • MarketAndChurch

    The world doesn’t deserve a Mazdaspeed3.

    • Mike anonymous

      It’s the car that the world deserves, but not the one it needs right now…and so we’ll hunt it…because Mazda can take it…because their new SKYACTIV-X engine is not a hero…it’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector…it’s just enough,.. for now.

  • SteersUright

    They’ve got the engine, they’ve got the AWD in the new one, they’ve got a great manual, so why not? Would love to see this new turbo4 in the Mazda3 and Miata.

  • Danny Boy

    Mazda, what is wrong with you?? This would obliviate the Type R!

    • performante

      That’s a high bar to reach, as the Type R is probably the best handling FWD car ever lol

      • Danny Boy

        With their AWD, I’d bet on Mazda! It’s probably not far off as-is from a handling aspect. Type R is magnificent tho….

  • javier

    what a lame cheesy company. How hard would it be to drop in a 325 hp motor with awd. All they have is excuses and cutesy cuvs

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