Mazda reveals the first official exterior image of its upcoming CX-8 three-row SUV destined for the Japanese market.

At the moment, the Hiroshima based automaker does not offer the three-row CX-9, leaving them without a larger, three-row SUV in Japan. However, that will soon change once Mazda releases the upcoming CX-8. The largest SUV offered by Mazda in Japan is the CX-5.

Previously, Mazda gave us a glimpse of its three-row interior with six-seating capacity. Now, they have revealed the first official exterior image. Unsurprisingly, it features a similar design to that of the current generation of Mazda SUVs. The front fascia will likely feature Mazda's signature Kodo design that is found on all their current model lineup.

Meanwhile, it's side profile is nearly identical to that of the CX-5, albeit stretched to fit the extra row of seats at the rear. More specifically, the design of windows appear to be indentical to the CX-5. In fact, the main difference would be the rear quarter glass as it has been extended likely to provide better visibility. As for the rest of the bodyline, it remains faithful to that of the CX-5.

Mazda has not released any additional details regarding the CX-5 apart from the lone exterior photo. It still retains the same technical details that was released before. The CX-8 has a 2,930mm wheelbased, identical to that of the CX-9. It is however, shorter than the CX-9 at 4,900mm but is as wide as a CX-5 at 1,840mm.

Powering the CX-8 will be a 2.2-liter SKYACTIV-D turbodiesel engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It is the same engine found on the CX-5 and outputs 150 PS and 380Nm of torque or 173 PS and 420Nm, depending on the tune.

Whether or not the CX-8 will be a Japan-only model is still uncertain at the moment.