The newest 2019 Mazda CX-8 crossover model was recently showcased with third-row seats. Japanese car giant Mazda is on a drive to expand its portfolio as well as market share worldwide. That is why the company is revamping existing popular models and unveiling a few new models. The new models are aimed at specific markets- as is evident from the new developments.
It is aimed primarily at its home turf but the company has revealed it will be sold in Malaysia too. It has some similarities with siblings but Mazda has used unique design elements and enough amenities.
2019 Mazda CX-8 Comes More Stylish and Spacious
The upcoming CX-8 crossover will be positioned the beneath the flagship CX-9. While it is based on the company’s well-known Soul of motion -Kodo design, there are some unique elements to make it stand out. The design similarities with smaller sibling CX-5 are there-, especially on the front side. The grille is similar to what is being used in new Mazda SUV and crossover models. It also gets plastic body cladding. At the back, design styling resembles that of CX-9 again. There is the chrome trim on the tailgate and similar dual exhaust pipes. The vehicle will be sold in exciting metallic hues. It will be offered on a few trims.
The cabin of 2019 CX-8 crossover is stylish and spacious. The dashboard layout resembles that of CX-5. You get similar looking touchscreen infotainment setup, center-console mounted controls, multifunction steering wheel. You get 4 interior packages- two fabric upholsteries and two leather trims. Highest trim will get dual tone interior.
The car will be sold in 7 seater setups. The third row has been designed in a way so that adults do not jostle for legroom. The new model CX-8 will be lying on the 115-inch wheelbase. If we compare this model with CX-9, it comes 6.5 inches shorter in dimension and 4.8 inches narrower. With all rows of seats in place, the car has a cargo capacity of 239 liters and folding up the third row raises this to 572 liters. The cabin is insulated with sound deadening materials.
The infotainment setup of the 2019 Mazda CX-8 will also have support for smartphone and Bluetooth. Based on trim chosen, you can expect Nappa leather upholstery seating and real wood trim.
Like most of its siblings, the 2019 Mazda CX-8 is going to be equipped with enough advanced safety technologies and amenities will be aplenty too. The safety features included are Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, adaptive LED headlights and Smart City Brake Support. Of course, a lot of airbags are there. A birds-eye camera may also be there.
2019 Mazda CX-8 Powertrain
Under the hood of 2019 Mazda CX-8 sits a 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D engine. Both FWD and AWD will be offered to the buyers. The engine is clubbed with the six-speed automatic gearbox. The maximum output will be range from 129 to 140 kilowatts with maximum torques from 420 to 450 Newton meters. However, the Japanese market gets only diesel engine option.
2019 Mazda CX-8 Availability and Cost
The 2019 Mazda CX-8 will be available for sale in late 2018. The prices converted to US currency translates to approx $28.000 for the base trim.
Summing it up
The new CX-8 from Mazda aimed at Japanese market will also be sold in other markets eventually. It is a decent crossover but in markets where the CX-9 is already popular- it does not come across as a viable contender.