In a world where SUVs have actually pretty much taken control of the automotive market, Mazda is really coming up quite brief in its offerings, with its current lineup including no more than the CX-3, CX-5, and CX-9. Over in the brand name’s home market, Japan, things are even thinner with just the CX-3 and CX-5 comprising Mazda’s whole SUV lineup. All that will change in the near future, nevertheless, as Mazda has simply revealed a new SUV. It will be called the CX-8 and is obviously created with the Japanese market in mind. Information are quite little since this writing, but it will be just a tad bit smaller than the CX-9 we understand here in the United States and is stated to be powered by a 2.2-liter diesel that’s coupled with a six-speed automated transmission. It will provide 3 rows of seating and, depending upon setup, will use seating for 6 or seven people.
2018 Mazda CX-8 Exterior
Mazda has kept most information about the 2018 Mazda CX-8 exterior near the vest for now however did say that the CX-8 will distribute to be 192.91-inches long, 72.44-inches large, 68.11-inches tall, and will rock a wheelbase of 115.35 inches. That makes it around 6 inches much shorter, five inches thinner, and about an inch lower than the present CX-9. It’s about as large as the CX-5 but its wheelbase corresponds the CX-9. Outside of the external measurements provided by Mazda, which were taken in-house and subject to change, we have absolutely nothing to really go on, aside from that it will feature lots of KODO-Soul design hints.
2018 Mazda CX-8 Interior
While the interior of the CX-8 is quite much like that of the CX-9, there are a couple of visible differences. First of all, the CX-8 will be available with a second-row bench, like that seen in the CX-9 image above, or a set of captain’s chairs. The most noticeable differences between the CX-8 interior and the CX-9 comes in the form of different door trim panels that have smaller and thinner aluminum inserts and a longer armrest. The seat cushions also appear to feature less cushioning in compared with the existing CX-9. Side bolstering is nearly identical in between the 2 models while the CX-9 gets black accents on the seat rests and seat cushions.
2018 Mazda CX-8 Engine
The 2018 Mazda CX-8 will likely come with front-wheel drive as standard equipment with all-wheel drive being optional. When it comes to other details, we’ll simply have to wait, but if the CX-8 does come to the United States (and, that wouldn’t really be surprising, would it?) it will likely rock the same 2.5-liter powerplant from the CX-9 as the standard offering with the diesel being offered in the future as a choice.
2018 Mazda CX-8 Price
Considering we don’t even understand with 100-percent certainty exactly what the 2018 Mazda CX-8 will look like, it ought to come as no surprise that pricing is an even bigger secret.