Mazda is going to join the party of automakers that have models with striking resemblances, as the new side profile of the CX-8 three-row SUV is decidedly close to the one sported by the CX-9.
Some months ago Mazda teased the arrival of the CX-8 by flaunting its three-row seating arrangement, and now the new teaser is also giving us a glimpse of the exterior profile. And we had a hard time spotting the differences when compared to the other fullsize SUV, the CX-9. There are dimensional differences though – Mazda’s new crossover is 175 mm (6.9 inches) shorter than the CX-9, though has the exact same wheelbase of 2,930 millimeters (115 inches). The main separator between the CX-9 and CX-8 will be availability – the CX-8 is exclusive to its home market of Japan, where the CX-9, also with three rows, is not offered. The same happens with the CX-4 coupe-SUV, an exclusive offer for China.
As far as we know, the CX-8 will be offered in the Land of the Rising Sun with a turbodiesel 2.2-liter engine – the same one that will also be offered to the US-spec CX-5, and is already available in Europe. There are no clear signs of the CX-8 reaching other markets outside Japan, but it could fit nicely at the top of the European SUV lineup, thanks to its smaller dimensions and habitability akin to the one of the CX-9.