Last October 3, Mazda unveiled the all-new Mazda CX-8 at their Kulim Plant in Kedah, Malaysia. And now, surprise! It has been launched in Thailand!
It sits between the Mazda CX-6 and the Mazda CX-9 in terms of size and yes, the new model is looking like an ideal family five-door, mid-size crossover SUV. The new CX-8 will be competing against the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Honda CR-V, and the Toyota Rav4.
Although prices for the new CX-8 have yet to be revealed, we do know that the new crossover SUV will be coming in four variants, and Mazda has confirmed that it will be coming to the Philippine market.
Handsome and sleek, courtesy of the Kodo design language
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The 2020 Mazda CX-8 will be offering two engine choices: a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G four-cylinder gasoline mill, and a turbocharged 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D inline-4 diesel. There’s still no word yet on these engine’s horsepower and torque outputs.
Even the engine bay looks well-arranged
A 6-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmission with manual mode will be standard across the range. The 2.5-liter gasoline variants will have front-wheel drive, while the lone 2.2-liter diesel variant will have an all-wheel-drive.
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Inside, the Mazda CX-8 is a feast for the eyes, with seats draped in black fabric (Nappa leather for the higher-end variants). There's a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat as well.
For passengers, the Mazda CX-8 2020 offers loads of legroom and headroom. For extra convenience, the doors of the CX-8 are designed to open up an 80-degree angle which is helps in occupant ingress and egress, as well as loading cargo.
All controls are within easy reach, in typical Mazda fashion.
An alternate view of the dashboard and the steering wheel
The dashboard also has cool features like a holographic display on the windshield as part of the driver-assist tech, an engine start button, a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and triple-zone climate control.
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The CX-8’s higher trims will come with a 360-degree surround-view camera, as well as a heads-up display. Six airbags, ABS with EBD, stability control, brake assist, hill-start assist, traction control, and ISOFIX latches are standard for all variants.
As the cherry on top, Mazda has also included the i-ActivSense safety suite, comprised of a driver attention alert system, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist and lane departure warning.
Just like Mazda’s current line-up, the Mazda CX-8 adheres to the KODO: Soul of Motion design language; as such, it features smooth lines and edges that making for a visually stunning machine. The distinctive front fascia further gives the CX-8 substantial road presence.
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