It will be the only Mazda SUV with more than five seats available in Japan.
Since the CX-9 is not currently being sold in Japan, it means Mazda doesn’t have a three-row SUV for sale in its domestic market at the moment. That will change towards the end of the year when the CX-8 will be launched in the Land of the Rising Sun. Seen here in this sole teaser image is the six-seat version, but we do know the Zoom-Zoom company will also sell the big SUV with seven seats to better cater larger families.
While the wheelbase measuring 2,930 millimetres is identical to the CX-9’s, the new CX-8 is 175 mm shorter overall. It’s also 129 mm narrower and it actually has the same 1,840-mm width as the CX-5. As for height, the new Japan-only SUV stands 1,730 mm tall, so it’s 17 mm lower than the CX-9 and at the same time sits 55 mm taller than the CX-5.
Mazda has also revealed it will sell the new CX-8 on its home turf with a turbodiesel 2.2-litre engine hooked up to a six-speed automatic transmission. Details about the inline-four Skyactiv-D’s output have not been disclosed, but in the CX-5 it develops 150 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and can also be had in a beefier state of tune with 173 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.
We should point out that the very same diesel engine will soon find its way underneath the hood of the Canada-spec CX-5 and is slated to go on sale in the second half of the year. It’s actually going to be the first-ever diesel Mazda to be sold in Canada and will feature Natural Sound Smoother and Natural Sound Frequency Control technologies to boost refinement.
Only time will tell whether the CX-8 is going to remain a Japan-only affair or if Mazda will decide to launch the three-row SUV in global markets as well.