MAZDA has further expanded its extensive SUV offering, with the new Mazda CX-8 gaining a second power train option, more variants, and a boost in safety and convenience, while retaining its exceptional value.
With the range starting at less than $40,000 (plus on-roads), the seven-seat SUV has undergone its second update since it first launched in June 2018, with petrol power heading up a raft of changes for 2020.
The highly efficient Skyactiv-G 2.5-litre petrol engine joins the line-up, targeted at customers that undertake more regular urban driving. The new Mazda CX-8 also retains its efficient Skyactiv-D 2.2-litre diesel engine, more suited to regular country driving.
With excellent low to mid-range torque, the Skyactiv-G petrol engine is available in front-wheel drive and achieves the dynamic performance, fuel economy and quietness needed in an about-town family wagon.
The grade mix diversifies with the arrival of new engine too, growing the number of variants in the range from three to eight, including the introduction of Touring and GT models to give customers even more choice.
The entry level Sport remains a well equipped package, flush with advanced safety technology and features, and is available with a choice of Skyactiv-G 2.5L FWD or Skyactiv-D 2.2L i-Activ AWD.
The same power trains are offered for Touring, which steps up with more premium features like black leather trim. The GT offers a more refined suite of equipment including remote-operated power tailgate and 19-inch alloys.
It is available with Skyactiv-D i-Activ AWD or FWD. The Asaki edition replicates this power train choice, adding more luxurious touches befitting the top grade, like real wood trim inserts, front seat ventilation and a 360-degree view monitor.
AWD models are equipped with Mazda’s newly developed Off-Road Traction Assist function for rough road driving. This driver support technology brings the AWD and traction control systems together to suppress tyre spin and distribute the right amount of torque.
The entire lineup also benefits from an advanced version of Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) that adds night time pedestrian protection to enhance New Mazda CX-8’s impressive safety credentials.
A larger 8-inch central dash display with enlarged icons and text offers better readability, while in the Touring variant, and those above it, third row functionality is enhanced with a one touch walk-in switch added to the left and right seat cushion sides on the second row.
This allows the seats to fold down with a single touch making simple work of third row entry and egress. The third row also gets two 2.5A USB power points in GT and Asaki, making it possible to charge smartphones and other devices from any seat.
Both grades also add an electric sunroof, enhancing a feeling of openness in the cabin. Engineers have further revised NVH quality for this update, adding more damping material to the roof of the CX-8 to reduce noise penetrating the cabin on rainy days.
A fresh key fob and new generation nameplate badging cap off the changes. The 2020 Mazda CX-8 comes standard with a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty and 5-years premium roadside assistance. Pricing starts at $39,910 plus on-roads.