2023 Mazda CX-8 debuts in Japan with a new look and more tech

2023 Mazda CX-8 debuts in Japan with a new look and more tech

KUALA LUMPUR: Mazda has introduced the mid-life update for its three-row midsize SUV, the CX-8, in Japan. The latest SUV features new exterior styling and handling and technological upgrades with the mechanical setup remaining unchanged for the 2023 model year. 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What’s new on the 2023 Mazda CX-8?

    The 2023 Mazda CX-8 features new exterior styling and handling and technological upgrades with the mechanical setup remaining unchanged for the 2023 model year.
  • How much does the 2023 Mazda CX-8 cost?

    Pricing for the 2023 Mazda CX-8 in Japan starts at JPY 2,994,200 (RM 96,077) and goes all the way up to JPY 5,058,900 (RM 162,328).
  • Set to go on sale in December, the new CX-8 price ranges between JPY 2,994,200 (RM 96,077) and JPY 5,058,900 (RM 162,328).

    2023 Mazda CX-8

    Let’s know the upgrades in detail, starting with the exterior. 

    The new look of the CX-8 comprises a new front grille housing a mesh pattern instead of horizontal slats, which seems inspired by the Mazda CX-60. The new headlights merge neatly with the chrome framing and incorporate L-shaped daytime running lights. 

    2023 Mazda CX-8

    Also new for 2023 is a clean front bumper with a reshaped lower air intake, a faux skid plate, and no fog lamps. At the rear, we can see a redesigned bumper paired with a similar lighting signature housing L-shaped elements. 

    2023 Mazda CX-8

    Mazda has also updated the CX-8’s colour palette with the addition of a new Rhodium White Premium Metallic colour tone.

    Among the cabin upgrades available for the all-new 2023 Mazda CX-8 are - 

    • Wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity (Android Auto is still wired)
    • New USB Type C ports
    • Redesigned front seats offering better pelvic and back support
    • A remote window control system, which allows the opening and closing of the windows via the key fob

    2023 Mazda CX-8

    Speaking about driving-related changes, the latest CX-8 benefits from the new Cruising and Traffic Support, which enable the vehicle to brake, accelerate, and maintain lane position at low speeds in congested areas. Also, part of the upgraded handling kit is revised springs and dampers offering better body control and optimisation of the accelerator pedal.

    The mechanical lineup of the SUV remains the same with the three engine options 2.5-liter normally-aspirated Skyactiv-G, 2.2-litre Skyactiv-D, and 2.5-litre turbocharged Skyactiv-G. All drivetrains are mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox, which can be optioned with either all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive. 

    Information as to when the new CX-8 will come to Malaysia is not yet available.

    Also read: All-new Mazda CX-60 introduced in Australia; check details

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