Several weeks ago, the automaker released a teaser image of the upcoming CX-8. Essentially a stretched CX-5, the new crossover will serve as the brand's three-row crossover in its home market of Japan. Now, it looks like the new Mazda CX-8 will closely resemble the smaller CX-5 as images of the upcoming three-row crossover have been leaked ahead of its reveal.
If the pictures are to be believed, the Japan-exclusive crossover will indeed get the familiar front fascia design of its smaller sibling. It gets slim headlights, the slatted front grill and chrome surrounds near the grill and headlights.
Seen on the side is the extended rear quarter glass and slightly longer rear overhang. This was made to house the two extra seats for the third row. Like all current Mazda crossovers, the CX-8 appears to also have the slim rear taillights and a tailgate spoiler.
Interior design images show that the CX-8 will have a CX-5-derived dashboard. Metal trim pieces, a three-spoke leather steering wheel, MZD infotainment system and leather upholstery are expected to arrive in the Mazda CX-8. As for its seat layout, it will apparently available in either 2+3+2 or 2+2+2 (with the latter getting captain seats in the middle). Last May 2017, Mazda released the very first image of the CX-8 that come with captain seats in the middle.
Powering the Mazda CX-8 will be a 2.2-liter turbo-diesel inline-four that will be mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. It's the same engine that is found on the CX-5 and will be available in two output ratings, 150 PS with 380 Nm of torque and 173 PS with 420 Nm of torque.