The company is actually not selling its flagship CX-9 sports utility vehicle at home in Japan, so the upcoming CX-8 will come to remedy the issue that it doesn’t have a large, three row SUV on the market.
The company will present before the year runs out the CX-8, as a way to bring a three-row SUV on sale on the domestic market. The brand has already decided to treat us to a teaser image, and the CX-8 is actually pictured here in the more upscale six-seat version, meaning it will have two variants, as we’re sure about the arrival of a seven-seat version to cater to larger families. The model’s wheelbase spanning at 2,930 millimeters (115 inches) is the same as with the CX-9, but the CX-8 gets the different name because it’s actually 175-mm shorter. It will also come 129-mm narrower and with the identical 1,840-mm width as the CX-5. In terms of height, this new exclusive SUV for Japan is 1,730-mm tall, so it’s 17-mm lower than the CX-9 and at the same time some 55 mm taller than the CX-5.
Mazda has also notified us that it will have the CX-8 on sale with a turbodiesel 2.2-liter engine linked to a six-speed automatic transmission – no further details have been revealed but the same powerplant in the CX-5 churns out 150 hp (110 kW) & 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) or 173 hp (129 kW) & 310 lb-ft (420 Nm).