When will the rumours stop?

First, the Mazdaspeed3 was to lack turbocharging and go the front-wheel drive route. Then rumours spread of turbocharging and all-wheel drive. Turbocharging then turned into a possible turbodiesel.

One thing’s for sure: everyone has an opinion about the next Mazdaspeed3.

Now, thanks to Holiday Auto in Japan, the rumour seems to be going in reverse: a turbocharged 2.5-litre SKYACTIV-G (for gasoline) engine with all-wheel drive:

“They have denied rumours about the turbo officially, but have continued their research,” a Japanese industry source was cited as explaining. “It was said that the turbo and Skyactiv with a high compression ratio don’t work well together, but it has been already solved.” 

It’s rumoured a turbo setup has been tested developing 316 hp, though a production version would probably produce closer to 296 hp.

Our own sources have told us all-wheel drive is not in the cards, contradicting the latter half of the latest rumour.

Also, during a trip to New York City for NYIAS, I sat down with Shusuke “Kory” Koreeda, Mazda Canada president, for supper with other journalists. During the dinner, Mr. Koreeda asked journalists a number of questions, mostly around the views of Canadians possibly equating diesel power to performance vehicles. Could this be a hint of a performance diesel vehicle to come from Mazda?

Hopefully we will have a better picture of the next Mazdaspeed3 soon, possibly before a rumoured 2016 launch.

[Source: Holiday Auto via CarsGuide Australia]

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Mark Stevenson is a former IT professional turned freelance automotive writer and news editor for Autos.ca. He's a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada and former member of the Texas Automotive Writers Association (TAWA). Mark spends an inordinate amount of time on motorcycles and resides in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with his two dogs - Nismo and Maloo. You can find him on Twitter and Facebook.