Mazda CX-8 To Join SUV Family In Japan

A single image and a number of specifications have been released about Mazda’s next SUV, the CX-8.

While news of the vehicles comes out of the blue, it has been confirmed that the CX-8 will be offered in Japan, at least initially, and have six- and seven-seat configurations. Also, the new model will join the CX-4 as Mazda’s second SUV offered solely in Asia.

The CX-8 is believed to be based around the same platform as the CX-9, as it shares its 2,930 mm (115.3 in) wheelbase with its bigger and older sibling.

However, the CX-8 is 115 mm (4.52 in) shorter in length, is 129 mm (5.1 in) narrower and 17 mm (0.7 in) shorter height-wise than the CX-9. As the largest Mazda SUV isn’t available in Japan, the CX-8 will sit at the top of the company’s local SUV range.

In terms of powertrains, Wheels Magazine says the CX-8 will exclusively receive the 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine from the Mazda 6, potentially delivering the same 172 hp and 309 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque.

It remains unclear when Mazda intends to unveil the CX-8.


  • Benjamin B.

    So this is the same size as the Ford Edge and old Mazda CX-7? The CX-7 had a turbocharged four cylinder if I am not mistaken. It was built in Japan. I rarely see them now. I use to see them more often, but they have become rare like the first generation Chrysler minivans.

  • hg34

    The CX-7 was replaced by the CX-5. This will Probably replace the old Mazda 8/MPV which stopped production in the US in 06 with the second generation. and 2016 in japan with the third gen. Dimensions are real close to the MPV

    • Hello Moto ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      I think you’re right on the money. The seating arrangement in the picture is identical to the Mazda 5 MPV as well. Two captains seats in the center and a bench seat in the back.

    • Benjamin B.

      The CX-5 replaced the Tribute CUV, which was nearly identical to the Ford Escape, which it shared a 626-based platform with. The CX-7 was larger than the CX-5.

    • Benjamin B.

      There was a Mazda 8?

      • hg34

        the mazda 8/mpv was a minivan

  • Harry_Wild

    Wonder what the exterior of the CX-8 looks like!

    • Bonni Gari Leksmana

      Identically the CX-4 than the CX-9 perhaps…

  • Paul

    I want to see the outside instead.

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