Up until now, the Japanese well-know brand Mazda has only had the CX-3 and CX-5 in its offer for the Japanese market unlike in America where the lineup consist of the larger CX-9 too. So, they are preparing the all new SUV with three rows of seats which will hit the market under the name of 2018 Mazda CX-8.
Dimensional, the future CX-8 will be slightly smaller than the Mazda CX-9 but it will be able to welcome six or seven passengers depending on the seating configuration. Of course, it will ride on the same architecture as the CX-9 but it will be shorter. So, the CX-8 will be 68 inches tall, 193 inches long, 72.2 inches wide. As well, it will be 0.7 inches lower than its larger sibling. Furthermore, this crossover will be powered with a diesel engine too while the CX-9 is only offered with the petrol unit.
The key competitor of the future Mazda will be Peugeot 3008.
2018 Mazda CX-8 engines and performances
When it comes to the powertrain, the 2018 Mazda CX-8 will most likely use two engines. The one could be the same engine that powers the CX-9 model. It is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine which is able to develop 250 horses. The next option will probably be a diesel 2.2-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine. This one has the output of 187 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. The engine will pair with a six-speed automatic transmission. However, according to some sources, the six-speed manual should also be available. The front -wheel drive system will be standard while the all-wheel drive will be in offer too. Furthermore, it will also arrive with the G-Vectoring Control system which will generally improve performance.
Design of exterior and interior
Speaking of the exterior, the 2018 Mazda CX-8 will feature almost identical design as the larger CX-9. It is mostly based on the KODO-Soul design. The front end will receive the same grille as the CX-9 model with attractive slim headlamps. As the matter of fact, the whole front fascia will be nearly the same. However, there will be some differences on the rear. It will feature the new design of the taillights and the rear glass.
As for the inside, the 2018 Mazda CX-8 will also feature similar design of the CX-9 model. Its cabin will be spacious and able to accommodate six or seven passengers in three rows of seats depending on the seating configuration. The seats are very comfortable and covered in quality Nappa leather. For more luxurious feeling, there will be some nice real wood trim. The dashboard will most likely feature the same touchsceen display found in the current Mazda CX-9. As for the equipment, the upcoming Mazda CX-8 will appear with plenty of modern safety and infotainment features. Some of them will be: a surround view camera, blind-spot and active lane-changing and many others.
Release date and price
The 2018 Mazda CX-8 should arrive in late 2017 or early 2018. As for the price, we can only assume since there is still no official information. So, we expect it to be around $24,000.