Mazda CX-8 now available to the Australian market. But will Mazda Australia take it?
Mazda HQ had previously said that the Mazda CX-8 was strictly Japan only, but the tables have recently turned, and the head office has now made the six or seven seat SUV available to other markets, including Australia.
Whilst the CX-8 and CX-9 are visually similar, the CX-8 is based on a modified version of the CX-5 platform, boasts a more rakish and sporty profile, a sportier suspension tune and bigger brakes. But the biggest change lies under the bonnet: where the CX-9 is only available with a 2.5 litre turbo petrol engine that produces 170kW/420Nm the CX-8 is only offered with a 2.2 litre turbo diesel that develops 140kW/450Nm. That means the CX-8 could appeal to buyers who wants SUV practicality, combined better driving dynamics and diesel efficiency.
Mazda Australia boss Vinesh Bhindi said “If there was ever to be an ADR [Australian Design Rule] version of CX-8 offered to Mazda Australia we would evaluate this opportunity and consider its viability in this market and actually ask ‘how does it fit amongst the other SUV models we have on offer here?’’