The Mazda CX-8 was launched in November 2019 together with the latest CX-30. It is offered in two variants which are the Mazda CX-8 Signature (7-Seater) and the Mazda CX-8 AWD Exclusive (6-Seater) which are priced at P2,290,000 and P2,450,000, respectively.
Like all the vehicles in the Mazda Philippines line-up, the Mazda CX-8 follows the Kodo design language. Flowing lines and smooth curves wrap the premium crossover’s exterior as it rides on 19"Alloy Wheels. Up front is a prominent grille accentuated with chrome horizontal lines. It is flanked with glaring, adaptive LED Headlamps.
The crossover comes in two types of seating configurations that differentiate the Mazda CX-8 AWD variant from the FWD. The top spec all-wheel-drive comes with a 6-seating configuration with the second row composed of two individual seats. Meanwhile, the front-wheel-drive model comes in a 7-seater with a bench on the second row to accommodate three people.
Its cabin embodies the Japanese brand’s aesthetic, with more intricate and refined details. The interiors are wrapped in Deep Red Nappa Leather. The driver’s seat gets a 10-Way Power Adjustability with Memory adding to the drive comfort. On the last row, seats have a 50:50 foldability. The dashboard is decked with a Front Windshield Projected Active-Driving Display.
Technology & Safety Features
The Mazda CX-8 is equipped with the latest evolution of Mazda Connect with Commander Control that can be accessed through an 8-inch infotainment system paired with a 10-Speaker BOSE Sound System. All variants are capable of connectivity through Bluetooth, Smartphone Mirroring, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
Its slew of safety and convenience features include a Smart Keyless Entry System, Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Dynamic Stability Control, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, and a 360° View Camera. Unique to Mazda is the I-ACTIVSENSE active safety system which incorporates a Radar Cruise Control for the top-sepc variant and a Standard Cruise Control for base variant, Smart City Brake Support, Driver-Attention Alert, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, and Blind-Spot Monitoring with Rear-Cross Traffic Alert.
Platform & Chassis
The 5-door SUV’s suspension remains as McPherson Strut in front and Multi-Link at the rear. Its stopping power comes from Front Ventilated Discs and Rear Solid Discs through an Electric Parking Brake with Auto Brake Hold.
Engine & Drivetrain
The crossover comes in two drivetrain options with the same engine type. Starting with the top range AWD exclusive 6-seater variant, it is powered by a SKYACTIV-G 2.5L In-line 4-Cylinder DOHC gasoline engine paired with a SKYACTIV-Drive 6-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sport Mode that sends power to the all wheels. The 2.5L AT 2WD SIGNATURE 7-SEATER, on the other hand, shares the same engine and transmission which sends power exclusively to the front wheels. Both G-Vectoring Control-equipped engines produce 187 hp, 252 Nm of torque.