Mazda has revealed its new crossover flagship – the CX-8. First teased in May 2017, the 3-row crossover can now be ordered in Japan, while sales are expected to start on December 14.
Categorized as a crossover, with 3 rows of seating layout, the CX-8 will be Mazda's flagship in its SUV lineup in Japan. It features the full suite of SkyActiv technology and the signature design DNA of the brand's KODO: Soul of Motion. Even the interior parts were carefully chosen as Mazda claims that its focus is to create a look of class and quality.
The CX-8's exterior is integrated with sharp character lines and prominent wheel arches, while 7 paint finishes adds glimmer to its design quality. Colors include Machine Gray and the Soul Red Crystal, which are the special finishes developed for the KODO design language.
Specially selected Nappa leather were used to further uplift the riding feel inside the cabin. Real wood trims then add luxury and authenticity to the interior's ambience for its occupants. Symmetry is well achieved inside the CX-8, as its meters and controls were ergonomically laid out.
Power output roots from the SkyActiv-D 2.2-liter diesel engine found under its hood, which produces an output of 188 hp and 450 Nm torque. Moreover, it comes with a Rapid Multi-stage Combustion, which injects small bursts of high-pressure fuel spray into the cylinder in rapid successions. This is said to improve combustion efficiency, at the same time, lessens the engine noise.
For transmission, all CX-8 variants come with the SkyActiv-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission. Another standard feature of the CX-8 is the G-Vectoring Control, which improves the car's stability through torque management in response to steering inputs. Japanese individuals can select either a front-wheel drive or an i-ACTIV AWD according to their preference.
The CX-8 crossover has also been granted with the i-ACTIVSENSE, developed under the Mazda Proactive Safety. This feature is an advanced safety technology which includes a new 360-degree View Monitor2 with front-, side-, and rear-mounted cameras. This active safety feature would help the driver with their blind spots and obstructions on the road.