Illustration for article titled The 2021 Mazda 3 Will Finally Get A Turbo
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After years of screaming for it, and mild speculation almost exactly a year ago that it could happen, Mazda’s dealership model codes for the 2021 model year finally introduce a turbocharged Mazda 3.

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Details of a Mazda dealership’s extranet system sent in to Jalopnik from an accurate source (who was right about the diesel CX-5's eventual second-debut last year) appear to show a bevy of new model codes for the Mazda 3, 6, CX-5 and CX-9 for the 2021 model year. It all hints to some exciting stuff we should see very, very soon.

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The big news is that, as seen in screenshots of Mazda’s dealer system sent to Jalopnik, it appears the 2021 Mazda 3 will be offered with a turbo trim on the sedan and hatchback bodies. It will only be available with all-wheel drive.

More interestingly, there’s the “MAZDA3 HB PP TURBO” in the list. “HB” stands for hatchback, and “PP”could stand for a number of things. Is it shorthand for “Preferred Package,” “Premium Package,” or potentially a “Performance Package?” It’s not yet clear.

HOWEVER, all turbo models are only listed as “6A,” which would mean they’re only available with an automatic. The 2.5-liter hatchback is still the only manual Mazda 3 (that suddenly seems easier to turbocharge yourself).

Other changes appear to include a base 2.0-liter sedan and a base 2.5-liter hatchback with cloth seats. There’s also an “Anniversary Edition” turbo all-wheel-drive hatchback in “Snowflake White Pearl” and special red seats for the 3, and the same option will be available on the all-wheel drive CX-5.

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Speaking of, the CX-5, CX-9 and Mazda 6 will all get a new “Carbon Edition,” which is likely an appearance package with, you guess it, carbon fiber.

Why the Anniversary Edition 3 can’t be justified with a manual is beyond me. Mazda declined to confirm anything when I reached out, so we’ll come back to this issue when I can ask them directly after things are officially revealed.

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In the meantime, let’s celebrate a good car getting more power.

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DISCUSSION

Everyone: Mazda, make a turbo/manual/AWD mazda 3 hatch!!!!

Mazda: Will you sign on the line for one?

3 people: yes.