In a world where SUVs have actually practically taken over the automobile market, Mazda is really coming up quite brief in its offerings, with its existing lineup including no greater than the CX-3, CX-5, and CX-9. Over in the brand name’s house market, Japan, things are even thinner with just the CX-3 and CX-5 making up Mazda’s entire SUV lineup. All that will change in the future, however, as Mazda has actually just revealed a new SUV. It will be called the CX-8 and is obviously designed with the Japanese market in mind. Details are pretty little as of this writing, but it will be just a little 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 coupled with a six-speed automated transmission. It will use 3 rows of seating and, depending on setup, will offer seating for 6 or 7 individuals.
2018 Mazda CX-8 Exterior
Mazda has kept most information about the 2018 Mazda CX-8 exterior near to the vest for now however did state that the CX-8 will measure out 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 six inches shorter, 5 inches thinner, and about an inch lower than the current CX-9. It’s about as broad as the CX-5 but its wheelbase is identical to the CX-9. Beyond the external measurements used by Mazda, which were taken in-house and subject to change, we have absolutely nothing to actually go on, aside from that it will feature great deals of KODO-Soul design hints.
2018 Mazda CX-8 Interior
While the interior of the CX-8 is quite similar to that of the CX-9, there are a couple of noticeable distinctions. First off, the CX-8 will be readily available with a second-row bench, like that seen in the CX-9 image above, or a pair of captain’s chairs. The most noticeable distinctions in between the CX-8 interior and the CX-9 comes in the form of different door trim panels that have smaller sized 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 reinforcing 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. As for other information, we’ll simply have to wait, but if the CX-8 does pertain to the U.S. (and, that wouldn’t actually 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 used later on as an option.
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 must come as no surprise that pricing is an even bigger mystery.