In Japan, the largest SUV Mazda offers to the public is the CX-5. That said, Mazda does not seem to have a three-row SUV available in their domestic market, as their flagship SUV elsewhere, the CX-9, is not being offered in Japan. That will soon change at the end of the year as Mazda will be launching the all-new CX-8.
"Our latest offering, the CX-8 is a new crossover SUV for people who appreciate quality and need a car that seats more than five," said Masamichi Kogai, Mazda's Representative Director, President and CEO.
To promote the upcoming CX-8, Mazda recently released a sole teaser photo showing off the six-seater version. As seen in the teaser image, the interior seems to be fully clad with leather, giving it a luxurious feel. Given that the variant in photo is a six-seater, the middle row also gets individual cup holders and its own center console box. Do expect that Mazda will be releasing a seven-seat variant to cater to larger families.
As for technical details, Mazda reveals that the wheelbase of the CX-8 measures 2,930 mm, and is identical to that of the CX-9. The upcoming CX-8 however, will be shorter by 175mm measuring in 4,900mm. It will also be as wide as CX-5 at 1,840mm, but taller at 1,730mm.
Apart from revealing the dimensions of the upcoming CX-8, Mazda announced that the three-row SUV will be using a 2.2-liter SKYACTIV-D turbodiesel engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The same engine is found on the CX-5, and develops either 150 horsepower and 380 Nm of torque or 173 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque, depending on the tune.
Since other countries already have the CX-9 as Mazda's flagship SUV, all is still up in the air as to whether the CX-8 will remain a Japan only model, or be launched globally