Mazda revealed its all-new 3 Hatch this week, unveiling the new small car simultaneously in Melbourne, New York, London, St Petersburg and Istanbul.
The new Mazda3 will go on sale here early next year, and while full details are still to be revealed, it is known that the carmaker's new 2.0 and 2.5 litre SkyActiv petrol engines will feature.
What Mazda has still to confirm, however, is whether we'll see a new MPS performance flagship in the new 3 range.
To get your imagination into gear, we tasked design wizard Theophilus Chin with rendering a look at what we might expect from an MPS-badged rival for Volkswagen's new GTI and Ford's still-fresh Focus ST.
Of course, it remains to be seen what we can look forward to - if anything at all - in the next generation of MPS models.
Speaking with TMR at this week's 2014 Mazda3 unveiling, new Mazda Australia boss Martin Benders confirmed that an MPS version of the hatch is "on the wish list", but could offer nothing concrete.
What would power such a model? We could see an updated version of the current model's direct-injected 2.3 litre turbo four, which already produces a healthy 190kW and 380Nm - easily enough to compete with the Golf GTI and Focus ST.
Even without a power increase, combining the existing powerplant with the new Mazda3's lighter construction should yield a noteable performance improvement.
But, add in the CX-5's all-wheel-drive system - believed to be compatible with the new 3 - and a new MPS model could offer a 0-100km/h time quicker than the current model's 6.1 second claim.
For now, it's all speculation. With the new Mazda3 not scheduled for showrooms until next year, it will be late 2014 or early 2015 before we see a new Mazda3 MPS - if at all.
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