After releasing the first image of their upcoming crossover last July, Mazda has officially launched the all-new three-row CX-8 in its home market of Japan. Touted as the company's flagship crossover in the Land of the Rising Sun, the CX-8 serves as the only six-/ seven-seater crossover (since there is no CX-9 in Japan) and is marginally larger than the CX-5.
Measuring 4900mm long, 1840mm wide and 1730mm tall, the 2018 CX-8 is 350mm longer and 50mm taller than the five-seater CX-5 (width remains the same). To accommodate third-row passengers, the CX-8 has a wheelbase that measures 2930mm which is on par with the CX-9.
As for its exterior design, the CX-8 carries similar styling cues from the CX-5. The front end gets the signature grill design along with the thin eye-catching headlights. Black plastic body cladding also surrounds the CX-8 while long flowing character lines give the CX-8 more flair.
Since it's longer, the CX-8 has a longer window profile, along with bigger D-pillars. Around the back, the CX-8 borrows design cues from the CX-9 thanks to the quarter-flanking taillights and center chrome trim on the tailgate. Topping it all off are the dual exhaust pipes.
Inside, the dashboard layout is the same as with the CX-5 and has the same level of equipment and features. These include the three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, touchscreen infotainment with center-console mounted controls, automatic climate control and three-pod gauges.
Four interior pacakges are available for the new CX-8 in Japan; two leather trims and two fabric upholsteries. High-end models will even come with a two-tone interior wherein the top section differs from the low section. And as stated earlier, the CX-8 will be available in two seating layouts, six-seater and seven-seater. The former gets captain seats on the second row while the latter is fitted with a bench seat.
Even with third row seats up, Mazda claimed the CX-8 can still hold 239 liters of luggage. Fold them up however, and load space increaes to 572 liters. There's even a hidden load space beneath the floor which can hold small items or loose objects.
Powering the 2018 CX-8 is a 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D four-cylinder engine. It generates 188 PS along with 450 Nm of torque. It's available in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive and is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. G-Vectoring Control also comes as standard across the range.
Other key features available in Mazda's new three-row crossover are: Smart City Brake Support, adapative LED headlights, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Monitoring.