In a world where SUVs have pretty much taken over the automobile market, Mazda is actually coming up rather short in its offerings, with its current lineup consisting of no more than the CX-3, CX-5, and CX-9. Over in the brand name’s home market, Japan, things are even thinner with just the CX-3 and CX-5 making up Mazda’s entire SUV lineup. All that is about to change in the future, nevertheless, as Mazda has just revealed a new SUV. It will be called the CX-8 and is apparently developed with the Japanese market in mind. Information are quite little as of this writing, however it will be just a little bit smaller than the CX-9 we know here in the U.S. and is said to be powered by a 2.2-liter diesel that’s coupled with a six-speed automated transmission. It will provide 3 rows of seating and, depending on setup, will provide seating for 6 or seven individuals.
Mazda has actually kept most information about the 2018 Mazda CX-8 exterior near to the vest in the meantime however did state that the CX-8 will ration to be 192.91-inches long, 72.44-inches wide, 68.11-inches tall, and will rock a wheelbase of 115.35 inches. That makes it around six inches much shorter, five inches thinner, and about an inch lower than the present CX-9. It’s about as wide as the CX-5 but its wheelbase corresponds the CX-9. Beyond the external dimensions offered by Mazda, which were taken internal and subject to change, we have absolutely nothing to actually go on, aside from that it will feature great deals of KODO-Soul style cues.
While the interior of the CX-8 is rather similar to that of the CX-9, there are a couple of obvious distinctions. To begin with, the CX-8 will be offered with a second-row bench, like that seen in the CX-9 image above, or a pair of captain’s chairs. The most noticeable differences between the CX-8 interior and the CX-9 can be found in the kind of different door trim panels that have smaller sized and thinner aluminum inserts and a longer armrest. The seat cushions likewise appear to feature less cushioning in compared to the present CX-9. Side boosting is nearly identical in between the two models while the CX-9 gets black accents on the seat rests and seat cushions.
The 2018 Mazda CX-8 will likely feature front-wheel drive as standard equipment with all-wheel drive being optional. When it comes to any other information, we’ll simply need to wait, but if the CX-8 does come to the United States (and, that would not actually be surprising, would it?) it will likely rock the same 2.5-liter powerplant from the CX-9 as the standard offering with the diesel being used later on as an alternative.
Considering we do not even understand with 100-percent certainty exactly what the 2018 Mazda CX-8 will look like, it should come as no surprise that rates is an even larger mystery.