Mazda is about to introduce a new SUV in its Japanese lineup in the form of the CX-8, a slightly shorter version of the CX-9 and a few photos of its brochure have found their way online ahead of its official reveal.
As mentioned before, the new Mazda CX-8 will ride on the same platform with the CX-9 and even share its 2,930 mm (115.3 in) wheelbase with its longer sibling.
However the footprint of the upcoming CX-8 will be a tad smaller, as it will be 115 mm (4.52 in) shorter in length, is 129 mm (5.1 in) narrower and 17 mm (0.7 in) lower than the CX-9 which isn’t available for sale in Japan. This will make the CX-8 the range-topping SUV of the brand there.
The cabin will offer up to seven seats, with the middle row being configurable as shown in the gallery below. The new Mazda CX-8 will be reportedly offered with the company’s 172hp 2.2-liter diesel unit, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
So far the only official information is talking about the CX-8 being offered in Japan only, but don’t be surprised if Mazda decides to offer it in other Asian markets and Australia too.
H/T To Ken!