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New Mazda CX-8 Teased

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Stylish Mazda CX-8 offers up to seven seats and diesel frugality

Mazda Japan has unveiled the new Mazda CX-8 as its domestic flagship, as the CX-9 sold locally isn’t offered in the Japanese market.

The Mazda CX-8 is a full-size road focused SUV like its CX-9 cousin, but there are a few crucial differences. The CX-8 is powered by a 2.2 litre turbo diesel that produces 129kW of power and 420Nm of torque, while the turbo petrol in the CX-9 petrol produces 170kW and 420Nm. The diesel is mated to a six-speed automatic and customers can choose between six or seven seats, depending on their needs.

Aesthetically, the CX-8 boasts a slightly sportier silhouette than the CX-9, as the two share the same wheelbase, but the CX-8 is slightly shorter than its CX-9 brother.

The CX-8 stays true to Mazda’s current KODO design language, and the Japanese brand promises that CX-8 possess the same premium feel that Mazda models of late have become renowned.

At this stage, the Mazda CX-8 will strictly be a Japan-only model, but Mazda Australia has flagged interest in selling the SUV down under. The CX-8 would certainly open up a larger market share for Mazda’s local division, as the diesel CX-8 is most likely to be more economical than the petrol CX-9 and some buyers may be drawn to its more athletic styling.

Stay tuned to see if the powers at Mazda’s HQ change their minds.



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