According to Cars Guide, Mazda's head of Global Development and Product Planning Hiroyuki Matsumoto was asked about whether a high-performance Mazda3 could be a possibility.
“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 replied.
It is no surprise that the company has no interest in performance version of the 3 despite the car's Program Manager Kota Beppu, recently saying that he would love to see the return of the Mazda3 MPS. While this is just a guess from us, it does seems like Mazda would rather concentrate its efforts on pushing itself more upmarket than spending money on making hot hatches.
Meanwhile, closer to our shores, the new Mazda3 will be launching officially soon and will be powered by a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated engine that is paired to a mild hybrid system.