The Mazda CX-8 family SUV has arrived in Japan image

The Japanese automaker decided not to offer the big, three-row CX-9 model at home in Japan, and instead opted to prepare a twin alternative – the CX-8.

The new CX-8 is now available for pre-order at home in Japan and those who saw the CX-9 will be puzzled by the change in denomination because otherwise these two models look virtually the same. The CX-8 is indeed a little bit shorter than the CX-9, but carries over the wheelbase stretching at 115 inches (2,930 millimeters) to deliver a habitable cabin with enough space for six or seven persons, depending on trim choice. The more compact CX-8 is also narrower and has a lower height to “suit Japan’s roads and parking lots.”

As far as the powertrain goes, Mazda has decided to offer the CX-8 bundled with just one option – a turbodiesel 2.2-liter engine packing 188 horsepower (140 kilowatts) and 332 pound-feet (450 Newton-meters) of torque, linked to a six-speed automatic transmission and either front wheel drive or an optional AWD system complete with the company’s G-Vectoring Control system. Inside, even the third row can accommodate adults up to 170 centimeters, but cargo space is limited to 239 liters. With the rearmost seats folded the trunk jumps to 572 liters. Pricing starts at 3,196,800 yen for the XD trim with six seats and FWD, and can go up to 4,190,400 yen for the flagship six-seat-only XD L Package with AWD.