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A turbo returns: Mazda's new turbo-four option delivers 250 horsepower in 2021 Mazda3

For 2021, the Mazda Mazda3 is getting a power upgrade.

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A new turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine will be available in the 2021 Mazda Mazda3 giving the sedan and hatchback models a performance boost. The engine produces 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque when the Mazda3 is fueled with 93 arcane but just 227 horsepower ad 310 pound-feet when running on 87 octane.

Mazda says that the engine delivers a "more spirited" drive than the 186-horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque that is generated by the 2.5-liter four-cylinder found in the 2020 Mazda3.

2021 Mazda 2.5 Turbo The new variant delivers stronger performance than the 2020 models.Photo courtesy of Mazda North America Operations

The company has paired the engine with their all-wheel drive system, which was recently updated.

The car comes equipped with larger tailpipes, 18-inch black aluminum alloy wheels, gloss black heated door mirrors, "TURBO" badge on the trunk and on the engine cover, rearview camera, LED daytime running lights, automatic on/off LED signature headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers and a shark fin antenna. The sedan variant features a gloss black front grille and sleek front lower spoiler.

The 2021 Mazda3 model that comes with the turbo comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bose 12-speaker premium audio system, 8.8-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth, two USB ports, keyless entry, and Mazda Connected Services.

There's also a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, frameless automatically dimming rearview mirror, chrome in-cabin access around the push button start and glove box, a head-up display, power moonroof, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, leatherette seating, leather wrapped shift knob, and aluminum speaker grilles.

Additionally, the model includes a host of safety and driver assist technologies including adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, Smart Brake Support, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, lane departing warning with lane keep assist, apatite from lighting, and automatic high beams.

Buyers who opt for the 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo with Premium Plus Package get a gloss black rear lip spoiler for the sedan and a gloss black rear roof spoiler and front air dam on the hatchback. The package adds Rear Smart City Brake Support with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking, which will automatically apply the brakes when the vehicle is in reverse, if an obstacle or a crossing vehicle is detected. The 360° View Monitor, Traffic Jam Assist, leather seats, navigation, and HomeLink on the frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, are also available.

The naturally aspirated 2021 Mazda3 will be arriving in dealerships next month. The turbo is expected a bit later. 2021 Mazda3 pricing will be announced at a later date.

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All-electric MINIs account for 10 percent of all MINI sales.

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MINI is a tiny car company with big plans. The automaker is planning to realign their model range focusing on improving drivetrain technology, vehicle segments, and services of the future. Committing to the crossover and premium compact segments and strengthening the company's market position in China are also on the roster. The heart of those plans is a shift toward electromobility.

"MINI was always the answer to very special challenges relating to individual mobility. And the willingness to reinvent the status quo continues to shape the brand to this day," commented Bernd Körber, Head of MINI. "Alongside electromobility, harnessing new target groups and sales markets will be crucially important for the future of MINI."

1959 Morris Mini-Minor MINI's history goes back a long time. Here, the 1959 Morris Mini-Minor.Photo courtesy of MINI

In the 20 years since the brand was relaunched, around four million vehicles have been produced at MINI's plan in Oxford, England. and delivered to more than 100 countries across the world.

The MINI lineup is now broader than ever before. The roster has expanded include the MINI Countryman in a very competitive vehicle class. About 40 percent of all the brand's vehicles sold across the world, are in this class. John Cooper Works versions of the cars account for approximately five percent of the total sales of the MINI brand. Electrified models are steadily gaining in popularity, traditionally amounting to five percent of the brand's total sales. That number jumped to 10 percent following the launch of the MINI Electric.

MINI has hinted that more efficient combustion engines (diesel and petrol) and additional electric vehicles are in the future. A completely electrified model family is on the horizon.

"We are pursuing the Power of Choice approach followed by the BMW Group through our broad range of advanced petrol and diesel engines, the plug-in hybrid system and all-electric drive, in order to meet the needs and aspirations of our customers throughout the world," said Körber. "This enables us to create the conditions for further growth in global automobile markets."

The future core portfolio of all-electric vehicles will include the MINI 3-Door Hatch, a new crossover model in the small-car segment, and a compact crossover model. The brand's small-car models and a crossover model in the compact segment will be available with internal combustion engines.

The new crossover model will only be offered with an all-electric drivetrain. The next-generation Mini Countryman will be available with both combustion engines and an electrified drivetrain.

In light of the upcoming changes, MINI is promising that MINI models will not lose their identity.

"It is part of our responsibility to the brand and the community to preserve the unique character of MINI," says Bernd Körber. "That is why every new model from our brand in future will be unmistakably a MINI."

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The 2021 Jaguar E-Pace is much improved for the new model year.

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The Jaguar E-Pace is getting the same treatment for 2021 that the automaker gave its big brother, the F-Pace. There's refreshed fascia, a fresh interior, and a bevy of new engine options that make the E-Pace seem almost completely new.

Jaguar will sell the 2021 E-Pace in three grades: P250, P250 SE, 300 Sport. All models come standard with all-wheel drive.

On its outside, the E-Pace gets a revised lower aperture, fresh grille mesh design with diamond detailing with Jaguar's heritage logo in the center wearing a Noble Chrome finish, and side fender vents with the brand's Leaper emblem. All-LED headlights feature Jaguar's 'Double J' signature and feature adaptive lighting technology. E-Pace S models get advanced LED technology while SE and HSE grades receive premium LED headlights with automatic high beam assist. All models get rear animated directional indicators. E-Pace SE and HSE get front ones as well.

2021 Jaguar E-Pace The rear of the E-Pace now has chicane styled taillights.Photo courtesy of Jaguar

Out back, the lower rear bumper fascia has a new mesh insert that sits between integrated tailpipes (standard with four-cylinder petrol engines). Slim horizontal bald finishers are standard on models with other engines. Full-LED taillights feature Jaguar's chicane graphic.

E-Pace models with R-Dynamic specification feature distinct black design elements. All models are available with Jaguar's Black Exterior Pack, which includes additional elements finished in Gloss Black.

The 2021 E-Pace is sold in two powertrain variants in the U.S. Both are turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinders paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. E-Pace P250 and P250 SE models have 246 horsepower while the E-Pace 300 Sport ups the output to 296 horsepower.

Jaguar has revised the E-Pace's architecture for 2021 lessening the amount of noise, vibration, and harshness transferred to riders while retaining an expected level of agility and improving throttle response.

2021 Jaguar E-Pace The E-Pace retains its familiar silhouette. Photo courtesy of Jaguar

All E-Pace models have JaguarDrive Control featuring Comfort, Eco, Dynamic, and Adaptive Surface Response drive modes, which can be chosen manually by the driver based on the road conditions. The setting is selected through a toggle switch next to the JaguarDrive Selector and adapts the steering, transmission, and throttle.

Jaguar has curated the interior of the E-Pace to be more luxurious. It features an 11.4-inch high-definition infotainment touch screen that sits at the center of the dashboard. The screen features two coatings - one that reduces glare and one that resists fingerprints.

In front of the driver is an available 12.3-inch interactive driver display with configurable layout. Buyers can also opt for an interior rearview camera mirror and adaptive cruise control.

The company has added a drive selector in place of a traditional shifter and made space for an available wireless smartphone charger. E-Pace's steering wheel features hidden-until-lit switches and metal gearshift paddles.

Designers have taken care to outfit the E-Pace with high-end materials including metallic dials, speaker accents, and vent finishes. An embossed Jaguar Leaper lives on the headrests while 'Est.1935 Jaguar Coventry' upholstery tags reference the history and heritage of the brand. A unique Jaguar animal print pattern fills the central cubby area and in front of the drive selector.

2021 Jaguar E-Pace

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The interior can be specified in Ebony, Light Oyster, Deep Garnet, Caraway and Cloud. The range-topping 300 Sport model features a collection of the latest design enhancements. The 300 Sport also has 20-inch five-spoke Diamond-turned with Satin Dark Grey accent wheels, Black Exterior Pack, illuminated metal Jaguar treadplates, Ebony Suede cloth headliner, and grained leather sport seats (available in Ebony, Cloud and Deep Garnet).

The 2021 E-Pace starts at $40,995 for the P250 while the E-Pace P250 SE has a starting MSRP of $46,095. The top-tier E-Pace 300 Sport is priced at $49,995.

Every new E-Pace comes with a five-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, a term of five-years/60,000-mile of complimentary scheduled maintenance, five years/60,000-mile 24/7 roadside assistance, and five-years of Jaguar InControl Remote & Protect connected services.

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