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the mazda cx 8 deserves a closer look

The Mazda CX-8 deserves a closer look

Bigger than the CX-5 but smaller than the CX-9, could Mazda’s latest SUV hit the size sweet spot?

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Christopher Ng

12 Apr 2019

If you missed the last time the Mazda CX-8, Bermaz have wheeled it out and put the seven-seater on display at the Malaysia Autoshow that’s happening this weekend at MAEPS. It is worth to come out and have a look if you’re thinking of having a very stylised seven-seater SUV in your driveway.

When it finally hits out roads sometime this year, the CX-8 will be powered by either the 2.5-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine or the 2.2-litre Skyactiv-D turbodiesel engine. 

The 2.5-litre petrol engine generates 192hp at 6,000rpm and 257Nm of torque at 3,250rpm. Paired with the engine is a six-speed automatic transmission, which sends power to the front wheels. There are three trim levels for the petrol-powered CX-8, the significant differences will be the type of the second-row seats and the if it will be wrapped in fabric or leather. 

The 2.2-litre turbodiesel produces 188hp at 4,500rpm and 450Nm at 2,000rpm. Again, the six-speed automatic is responsible for transferring power to all four wheels. There’s only one trim for this CX-8; the seats are wrapped in leather and the second row is configured to have Captain Seats with a centre console armrest.

The Mazda CX-8 will be launched this year, and it will slot itself in between the CX-5 and the CX-9. Logically, the pricing too will be in between the two SUVs. 

Accompanying the CX-8 on display are the CX-3, CX-5, CX-9 and the Mazda6. There are also test drive sessions for the CX-5 2.5, CX-5 2.2D 4WD and the Mazda6 2.5.