Mazda Says It Has No Intention Of Making A Mazda3 Hot Hatch

Mazda says it has no intention of producing a hot version of the new Mazda3 hatchback.

At the recent global launch of the new Skyactiv-X engine last week, global development and product planning boss Hiroyuki Matsumoto was asked about whether a high-performance Mazda3 could be on the cards.

“We are capable of creating engine to answer such demands for more power, but at the moment we have no plan to do it,” he answered.

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While it is not entirely surprising to hear that Mazda doesn’t have any plans to enter the hot hatch race, Cars Guide reports that many executives within the company do want to see such a car become a reality. For example, Mazda3 Program Manager Kota Beppu was recently quoted as saying he wanted to see a return of the Mazda3 MPS. Additionally, staff from Mazda Australia have reportedly expressed interest in such a vehicle as well.

The powers-that-be at Hamamatsu, though, clearly doesn’t think it is necessary to produce a high-performance version to generate interest in the hatchback or the rest of its range. However, we don’t think it would be a bad idea to at least consider taking a leaf out of Hyundai’s book and consider making a Mazda3 for driving enthusiasts.

When Hyundai launched the i30 N, it put cars like the VW Golf GTI and Honda Civic Type R on notice while generating a huge amount of interest in the South Korean car manufacturer. A new Mazda3 MPS could do the same. But the company is playing it safe, at least for the moment.

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  • Bash

    In a way, This Mazda 3 is already hot. lol
    but I agree to what is said in the article, It would be nice to follow Hyundai example of their N.

    • 2PacOfCarscoop

      hot? Jezz grandad

      • Bash


    • Danny Boy

      You are absolutely right, HOT!

    • Danny Boy

      They have everything in their concept arsenal the be bad-ass, but continue to settle for mediocrity!

      • Bash

        You got that right on the money.

  • Mike anonymous

    Focus On The Next Generation, & Redesigning The Rest, Of The Mazda-Line (Beginning With The New Mazda-3 & New CX-30).
    I think this is a smart move for now as the company already is working on a production version of the RX-Vision Concept, and is likely also working on their next generation line of SUVs’ and flagship Sedan with the Mazda 6. Mazda announced their initiate to move ‘up-market’ and I think focusing on making the products great BEFORE you make them better, is a very smart and important move for Mazda.

    Let’s also try to remember that Mazda is not a large corporation the size of the likes of BMW, Mercedes, Ford, Nissan, or others. For the most part, they are relatively small and on their own. Focusing on making great products first, and brining your next generation vehicles (starting with the Mazda-3 and CX-30, followed by the next generation of CX-SUVs’ and Mazda 6, introduce the New Models (RX)), Then work on making the vehicles ‘better‘.
    It may not be the move enthusiasts may want, but for a small company that has (especially as of late) been doing great things, This is a smart move for the company and their future going forwards.

    • javier

      enough with the small company apologist bs

  • Dredd2

    i smell a paradoxon here. then why they made a sporty,dynamic (and angry) look car then? which looks like a hot hatch in its base form? smh

    • Matt

      They designed it to appeal to customers so it would sell well maybe?

      • Dredd2

        then they should have enough money to put their (already exists) 2.5T engine with the new AWD….i cant understand why they cant do that.

        • Matt

          It could cost hundreds of millions to develop a MPS version, money Mazda needs for EV development. I’m not exaggerating, that’s how much it costs to develop a new model, even a performance version of an existing car. It’s unlikely Mazda would sell enough to make it a worthwhile investment.

        • Danny Boy

          Thank you…….

  • Six_Tymes

    “on the cards.” It’s IN the cards. OR, On the table.

    • Vassilis

      Actually it’s on mate

      • DMax

        Never heard “on the cards”. It’s IN because it’s IN the hand or deck. ON doesn’t even make sense. Must be a regional thing.

        • Vassilis

          Google it

    • Matt

      It can technically be both, but most commonly it is ‘on the cards’.

  • Matthijs

    Well, it’s a small, independent brand. It just costs a lot of money and only a few people will actually buy it. Here in Europe the new Mazda3 is again not selling well. In my country I only saw it once (gorgeous car btw)

    • javier

      it’s not selling well because it’.s style over substance, a mama’s boy car. Swoopy lines but no performance. They should make a performance version and it wouldn’t cost that much to drop in the better motor, they won’t cuz they suck

      • Matthijs

        i’m sure Mazda has made a realistic business case about a performance Mazda3..

      • Danny Boy

        Just add a f’in turbo and adjust suspension accordingly. …. wtf!
        I just don’t get it!!!!!!

    • Toss

      It’s not selling because of it’s engines. A 2.0 petrol with 120PS? That’s a 80’s engine. Ok, it has a 2.0 petrol 180PS, but is not available on every market. A compact car is most selling with 1.2, 1.4, 1.6 petrol/diesel engines. Mazda is swiming against current, but they miss that only a few clients want something diffrent. I would buy a Mazda 3, but with a 1.6 petrol engine, with a decent power.

  • Vassilis


    • Danny Boy

      My sentiment exactly! Lol

  • Rocket

    It’s difficult for me to say this, but they really don’t need a hot hatch right now. They do need better powertrains if they’re going to make the leap to premium/luxury, however. If they want to compete with the Audi A3, they better have the hardware to do it, and the current engine lineup doesn’t cut it. The 2.5T could do wonders for the 3, especially if combined with an adaptable suspension. Nothing hard core required.

    • Matthijs

      Doesn’t make any sense to put an engine of 2.5 liters in een C-segment FWD car.. just adds a lot of weight

      • Rocket

        The base engine is already 2.5 liters, just without the turbo.

        • Matthijs

          ah yes sorry, forgot about that one. But in general I don’t see why cars in the US need to have bigger engines.

  • Aeromann

    Instead of CX30 i’ll prefer a 3 MPS with 300PS minimum.

  • DMax
  • 360_AD

    Lesson #1: Sometimes its best to say nothing at all.
    Lesson #2: With sales down 16%, they may want to rethink their position.

    And for all those crying foul, their may be a misunderstanding here. Representatives have said in the past that they want to build a more “mature” performance offering. So, in that context it makes sense for them to say that they have no plans for a “hot hatch”.

  • Mr. EP9

    That has been long established at this point.

  • brn

    great way to build chatter, in preparation for releasing a hot hatch.

  • Paul

    I’d like to see them do one but would it be warranted considering market twists and turns these daze(sic).

  • Alduin

    Judging by how ugly and awkward the new 3 hatch is I say good. The sedan looks good though. Mazda is a lost and confused brand. Skyactiv is a noisy engine.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    What a waste.

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