Mazda CX-8
2021 Mazda CX-8 Sport
Overview
ManufacturerMazda
Model codeKG
Production
  • December 2017 – December 2023 (Japan)[1]
  • 2019–present (Southeast Asia)[2]
Assembly
DesignerYuki Harada[5]
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size crossover SUV
Body style5-door SUV
Layout
RelatedMazda CX-5 (KF)
Mazda CX-9 (TC)
Powertrain
Engine
Power output
  • 140 kW (188 hp; 190 PS) (2.5 L; naturally aspirated)
  • 169 kW (227 hp; 230 PS) (2.5 L; turbocharged)
  • 140–147 kW (188–197 hp; 190–200 PS) (2.2 L; diesel)
Transmission6-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,930 mm (115.4 in)
Length4,900 mm (192.9 in)
Width1,840 mm (72.4 in)
Height1,730 mm (68.1 in)
Curb weight1,710–1,920 kg (3,770–4,233 lb)[8]
Chronology
SuccessorMazda CX-80 (Japan, Australia and New Zealand)

The Mazda CX-8 is a mid-size crossover SUV produced by Mazda since the end of 2017.[9] It is a three-row version of the CX-5.[10] The CX-8 was Mazda's flagship SUV in Japan, as the larger, export-only CX-9 is not sold in the country.[11] Outside of Japan, the CX-8 is available in China, Oceania, and Southeast Asia.[4][12][13][14][15][16]

Overview

First unveiled on 14 September 2017 in Japan, the CX-8 is the only three-row SUV offered in the country, and became the only three-row vehicle offered by the company following the discontinuation of Mazda minivans such as the Biante and Premacy.[17]

While bearing resemblance to the second generation CX-9, and sharing the same outer tail lights, the CX-8 is 17 cm shorter in length and 13 cm narrower in width to conform to Japanese conditions. Within a few weeks after its introduction in Japan, Mazda dealers received over 12,000 orders from consumers in Japan.[11]

Initially announced as a Japan-exclusive model,[18] Mazda introduced the vehicle in Australia in July 2018 and positioning it below the slightly larger CX-9. Unlike the CX-9, the CX-8 is available with a diesel engine option.[19] It is also assembled and marketed in Malaysia since late 2019, also for exports to several Southeast Asian countries.[20]

Offered with three-row seating, it is available in a seven-seater configuration with second row bench seat, and a six-seater configuration where the second row consists of captain seats with a center console as an armrest, storage and includes cup holders.[21] With the third row seats in place, the CX-8 offers 209 litres of luggage space.[22]

The CX-8 was initially offered only with a 2.2 L Skyactiv-D diesel engine, but a choice of two I4 petrol engines was added in 2018: a 2.5 L Skyactiv-G (PY-VPS) from the CX-5 and a turbocharged version of the same engine from the CX-9.[23]

In October 2023, Mazda announced Japanese production of the CX-8 would end at the end of the year.[24] It will be discontinued in Japan, Australia and New Zealand once stock is depleted. The Mazda CX-80, set to be revealed in 2024, will serve as its direct replacement. Production of the CX-8 in Malaysia is unaffected, and will continue until at least 2026.[2]

Reception

Marton Pettendy of Australian publication Motoring gave the CX-8 a rating of 84 out of 100, praising the quality and refinement, performance and economy, and diesel power for less than the CX-9, but criticizing the tight rear head/leg room, sub par warranty and service intervals, and the lack of a spare tire and CarPlay.[25]

Malcolm Flynn of Australian publication CarsGuide rated the car 8.1. out of 10, praising its ease of parking compared to the CX-9, more useful boot space than the CX-5, and its comfortable ride, but criticising its lack of a petrol engine and CarPlay, and the steep price jump between the Sport and Asaki trims.[26]

Paul Maric of Australian publication CarAdvice gave the car a rating of 7.9 out of 10, calling it a "compelling proposition for families that need the extra space of an occasional third row and the fuel economy of a diesel engine."[27]

Markets

Japan

After its world premiere in Japan, the CX-8 was released in Japan on 14 December 2017. At launch, three variants were available: XD, XD Proactive, and XD L Package. All grades have the option between 6 or 7-seater configurations. All variants are powered by a 2.2 Skyactiv-D diesel engine and each grade has option between front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive.[28]

In November 2018, five variants were added: 25S, 25S Proactive, 25S L Package, 25T Proactive and 25T L Package. The 25S uses a 2.5 Skyactiv-G petrol engine (front-wheel-drive) and the 25T uses a 2.5T Skyactiv-G petrol engine (all-wheel-drive). The XD 2WD variant was discontinued it became solely available with all-wheel-drive.[29]

In November 2019, a special edition Exclusive Mode grade was added for the 25T and XD engines. The XD Proactive S Package variant was added and the XD AWD variant was discontinued.[30]

In December 2023, Mazda ended production of the CX-8 in Japan and it was removed from the Mazda Japan website the same month.[31]

Australia

The CX-8 went on sale in Australia on 1 July 2018, in two grades: Sport and Asaki. It is powered by a 2.2-litre Skyactiv-D diesel engine. AWD system is optional on the Sport grade and standard on the Asaki grade.[32]

In March 2020, two new grades for the CX-8 range was added: Touring and GT. The 2.5 Skyactiv-G petrol engine was added as the base engine option below the 2.2 Skyactiv-D diesel, comes only as front wheel drive.[33]

In March 2021, two new grades were added: Touring SP and Asaki LE (6-seats). The latter grade is only available with a diesel engine.[34]

In January 2022, the CX-8 range was simplified by Mazda adding more petrol variants and discontinued diesel FWD variants, as over 70% of customers choose the petrol engine option.[35]

In May 2023, the facelifted CX-8 range debuted in Australia, with 6 grades available at launch: Sport, Touring, Touring Active, GT SP (replaced both the Touring SP and GT grades), Asaki, and Asaki LE. Engine options remain the same, the 2.5 Skyactiv-G badged as G25 and the 2.2 Skyactiv-D badged as D35, all wheel drive comes standard only for diesel engine option.[36]

In October 2023, Mazda Australia announced the CX-8 would be discontinued, with Japanese production to cease at the end of the year. Around 25,000 examples of the CX-8 have been sold in Australia since it launched in mid-2018. In Australia, the CX-8 will be replaced by the CX-80 three-row SUV set to debut in 2024.[37]

New Zealand

The CX-8 was launched in New Zealand on 20 June 2018, with 2 grades available at launch: GSX and Limited. It is powered only by a 2.2-litre Skyactiv-D diesel engine, with an AWD option available for both grades.[38]

An updated CX-8 range went on sale in May 2019, with two grades available: GSX and Takami. The model series received a mild facelift in February 2023 for the Takami edition with the introduction of:

It is still powered by the 2.2-litre Skyactiv-D diesel engine.[39]

Vietnam

The CX-8 was launched in Vietnam on 23 June 2019, with 3 grades: Deluxe, Luxury, and Premium. All grades are powered by a 2.5 Skyactiv-G petrol, and an AWD option is available for the Premium grade. It is locally assembled at Truong Hai Auto Corporation plant in Quảng Nam Province.[40]

Malaysia

The CX-8 went on sale in Malaysia in November 2019, with 4 variants available at launch: 2.5 Mid 2WD, 2.5 Mid Plus 2WD, 2.5 High 2WD, and 2.2D High AWD.[41]

In June 2022, the trims for the updated CX-8 have been revised, variants consists of: 2.5 Mid 2WD (7-seater), 2.5 High 2WD (6-seater), 2.5 High Plus 2WD (6-seater) and a new 2.5T High Plus AWD (6-seater).The AWD system on 2.2D High Plus trim had dropped and now only available as 2WD.[42][43]

Thailand

The CX-8 was launched in Thailand on 14 November 2019, sourced from Malaysia, with 4 variants available at launch: 2.5 S, 2.5 SP, XDL, and the XDL Exclusive. All variants comes with 7-seats. The '2.5' variants are powered by a 2.5 Skyactiv-G petrol and the XD' variants are powered by a 2.2 Skyactiv-D diesel, all wheel drive is standard on the top variant.[44]

In October 2021, a new variant 2.5 SP Exclusive (6-seater) is released.[45]

Indonesia

The CX-8 was launched in Indonesia on 22 November 2019, with 2 grades available at launch: Touring and Elite. The former grade is a 7-seater, and the latter grade is a 6-seater. Both grades are powered by a 2.5 Skyactiv-G petrol.[46]

Philippines

The CX-8 was launched alongside the Mazda CX-30 on 28 November 2019, it is offered in two grades: Signature and Exclusive; it is powered by a 2.5 Skyactiv-G petrol engine. The former grade has a seven-seat configuration and comes only in front-wheel drive, while the latter comes with a seven-seat configuration and comes only with all-wheel drive.[47]

Singapore

The CX-8 was launched in Singapore by Eurokars on 16 October 2020, with 2 grades available: Elegance and Luxury, it is powered by a 2.5-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine. The Elegance grade comes only with 7 seaters, and the Luxury grade has the option between 6 or 7 seats.[48]

Sales

Year Japan[49] Australia China[50] Thailand Vietnam Malaysia[51] Indonesia[52]
2017 2,081
2018 30,701 992
2019 23,294 2,551[53] 1,476 745 1,234[54] 250 63
2020 14,047 3,738[55] 672 2,139[56] 4,885 1,796 218
2021 16,596 6,119[57] 1,127 1,468[58] 2,307 1,399 216
2022 12,934 5,932[59] 1,227[60] 1,157[61] 3,837[62] 1,959 221
2023 17,181 5,409[63] 780[64] 999[65] 3,024[66] 2,029 256

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