Mazda3 MPS Concept might debut in Frankfurt image

Mazda is expected to pull the wraps off the brand new Mazda3 MPS, in a concept form at least, during the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, in September.

After officially introducing the third generation of the Mazda3 a couple of years ago, the Japanese based automaker still hasn’t developed a range-topping MPS version, but things are about to change in a few months. According to the Australian media, the upcoming Mazda3 MPS will be officially presented to the public during the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, in September, in a world premiere. The model in question will be, however, in its concept form, but it will be giving birth, eventually, to a production model which will be rivaling the Ford Focus RS, the Volkswagen Golf R or the Renaultsport Megane Trophy, amongst others.

According to our source, the production version of the car will be getting a 2.5 liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine under its hood, which will be putting down as much as 300 HP (220 kW). Rumor has it that it might even come with an all-wheel drive layout, but this still has to be confirmed. Keep in mind that the current version of the Mazda3 has been around since 2013. The model is being put together in Japan, Thailand and Mexico and it is offered with a 1.5 unit with 118 HP, a 2.0L with 155 HP and a 2.5L with 184 HP, connected to a 6-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Europeans also get the 2.2L diesel with 150 HP.