Eight Is Enough: Three-Row Mazda CX-8 Coming to Japan

The Mazda CX-8's six-passenger interior.

The Mazda CX-9 is large even among mid-size crossover/SUVs. At 199.4 inches long, a three-row Mazda overshadows the Honda Pilot by 4.9 inches. While bigger might be improved to American consumers, this genius doesn’t reason loyal via a world. That’s where a Mazda CX-8 stairs in.

Mazda has nonetheless to exhibit a new model’s exterior, though a interior shot shows a CX-8 to be a three-row crossover SUV; it’s designed for Japanese consumption. Like a CX-9, a CX-8 sits on an approximately 115-inch wheelbase. The CX-8, however, is 6.5 inches shorter and 4.8 inches narrower than a numerically higher sibling. Power comes pleasantness of Mazda’s 2.2-liter diesel engine interconnected to a six-speed automatic, a powertrain that is scheduled to find a approach underneath a hood of the U.S. CX-5 by year’s end.

While a CX-8 will offer seven-passenger seating, a indication also will be accessible with 6 seats interjection to a span of comfortable-looking second-row buckets. Mazda is silent on a CX-8’s prospects for a United States, though given a stretch between a CX-5 and a CX-9—and a stream insanity for crossovers—we’d contend it’s not outward a area of possibility.

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