In a world where SUVs have basically taken control of the automobile market, Mazda is really turning up rather short in its offerings, with its existing 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 simply the CX-3 and CX-5 comprising Mazda’s entire SUV lineup. All that is about to change in the future, nevertheless, as Mazda has simply announced a brand-new SUV. It will be called the CX-8 and is obviously designed with the Japanese market in mind. Details are quite scant since this writing, but it will be simply a tad bit smaller sized than the CX-9 we understand here in the United States and is said to be powered by a 2.2-liter diesel that’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. It will use three rows of seating and, depending upon configuration, will provide seating for six or 7 people.
2018 Mazda CX-8 Exterior
Mazda has kept most information about the 2018 Mazda CX-8 exterior near the vest for now but did say that the CX-8 will measure out to be 192.91-inches long, 72.44-inches wide, 68.11-inches tall, and will rock a wheelbase of 115.35 inches. That makes it around six inches much shorter, 5 inches thinner, and about an inch lower than the present CX-9. It’s about as broad as the CX-5 but its wheelbase is identical to the CX-9. Beyond the external measurements offered by Mazda, which were taken in-house and subject to change, we have nothing to really go on, aside from the fact that it will feature great deals of KODO-Soul design cues.
2018 Mazda CX-8 Interior
While the interior of the CX-8 is rather much like that of the CX-9, there are a few visible differences. To begin with, 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 obvious distinctions between the CX-8 interior and the CX-9 comes in the kind of various door trim panels that have smaller and thinner aluminum inserts and a longer armrest. The seat cushions also appear to feature less padding in compared with the existing CX-9. Side boosting is nearly identical between the two 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 include front-wheel drive as standard devices with all-wheel drive being optional. When it comes to any other information, we’ll just have to wait, however if the CX-8 does concern the United States (and, that wouldn’t really be unexpected, would it?) it will likely rock the same 2.5-liter powerplant from the CX-9 as the basic offering with the diesel being provided in the future as an alternative.
2018 Mazda CX-8 Price
Considering we don’t even understand with 100-percent certainty what the 2018 Mazda CX-8 will appear like, it ought to come as no surprise that prices is an even larger mystery.
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