Mazda has announced the new CX-8, a three-row crossover exclusive to the Japanese market. The CX-8 will be positioned above the CX-5, and will go on sale by the end of this year. Reportedly, the CX-8 is a 7-seater alternative to the CX-9 which is not on sale in the home market.
The CX-8 will measure 4,900 mm in length, 1,840 mm in width and 1,730 mm in height. Wheelbase measures at 2,930 mm. While the dimensions suggest that the CX-8 will be shorter than the CX-9 (5,075 X 1,969 X 1,747 mm), the wheelbase is identical.
A new-generation 2.2 litre Skyactiv-D diesel engine powers the CX-8, paired to a Skyactiv-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission. The CX-9 in the US and Australian market is powered by a 2.5 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine, with 227 hp and over 420 Nm of torque.
The CX-8 will have Mazda’s “KODO-Soul of Motion” design language and will be the flagship of Mazda’s SUV lineup in Japan, says Mazda. Available in 6 or 7 seat configuration.
“Our latest offering, the CX-8 is a new crossover SUV for people who appreciate quality and need a car that seats more than five,” said Masamichi Kogai, Mazda’s Representative Director, President and CEO. “It has the looks, performance and high-end feel customers expect from a Mazda, and even adults can sit comfortably in the third row. Mazda aims to create a strong emotional connection with customers, and we will achieve this by continually advancing our lineup to offer all customers our unique combination of driving pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance.”