Mazda con­firms CX-8 pric­ing

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Mazda Aus­tralia has of­fi­cially con­firmed pric­ing for its sec­ond seven-seat large SUV, the CX-8, fol­low­ing the leak of dealer doc­u­ments in March this year and ahead of the diesel-pow­ered model’s launch next month.

The CX-8 line-up opens with the Sport grade in front and all-wheeldrive forms, priced from $42,490 and $46,490 be­fore on-road costs re­spec­tively, while the all-wheel-drive Asaki flag­ship starts at $61,490.

En­try-level and range-top­ping vari­ants from the petrol-pow­ered CX-9 line-up are $1400 and $3300 dearer. How­ever, the CX-8 is not of­fered with the CX-9’S mid-spec Tour­ing and GT grades.

When it hits Aus­tralian show­rooms, the CX-8 will go toe to toe with diesel vari­ants of the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento and Skoda Ko­diaq.

Ac­cord­ing to Mazda Aus­tralia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Vi­nesh Bhindi, the CX-8 is an en­tic­ing prospect for SUV buy­ers who want seven-seat prac­ti­cal­ity with diesel per­for­mance.

“The brand-new Mazda CX-8 shares the un­com­pro­mis­ing qual­ity, style, com­fort and safety fea­tures that cus­tomers know and ex­pect of a Mazda,” he said.

“This, paired with the ef­fi­ciency and econ­omy of the most ad­vanced Sky­ac­tiv diesel en­gine on of­fer, makes the Mazda CX-8 an en­tic­ing propo­si­tion for Aus­tralians need­ing an added level of ver­sa­til­ity.”

The CX-8 is ex­clu­sively mo­ti­vated by a 2.2-litre twin-tur­bocharged four­cylin­der diesel en­gine that pro­duces 140kw of power at 4500rpm and 450Nm at 2000rpm. This unit is also found in diesel vari­ants of the re­cent­lyup­dated mid-size CX-5 SUV and Mazda6 sedan and wagon.

Al­ter­na­tively, the CX-9 em­ploys a 2.5-litre tur­bocharged four-cylin­der petrol en­gine that de­vel­ops 170kw at 5000rpm and 420Nm at 2000rpm.

Both seven seaters are mated to a six-speed torque-con­ver­tor au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

As pre­vi­ously re­ported, the leaked dealer doc­u­ments sug­gest stan­dard equip­ment in all CX-8S in­cludes dusk-sens­ing LED head­lights, pow­er­fold­ing side mir­rors, rain-sens­ing wind­shield wipers and roof rails.

In­side, an auto-dim­ming rearview mir­ror, three-zone cli­mate con­trol, sec­ond-row USB con­nec­tiv­ity, a headup dis­play, a 7.0-inch touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, dig­i­tal ra­dio, USB and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity fea­ture.

Ad­vanced driver-as­sist safety tech­nolo­gies are ex­pected to ex­tend to for­ward col­li­sion warn­ing, au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing, adap­tive cruise con­trol with stop and go func­tion­al­ity, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, steer­ing as­sist, blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing, high-beam as­sist, traf­fic sign recog­ni­tion, driver at­ten­tion alert, rear park­ing sen­sors and a re­vers­ing cam­era.

The Sport also picks up 17-inch al­loy wheels, black cloth up­hol­stery and a six-speaker sound sys­tem.

Mean­while, the Asaki fur­ther adds 19-inch al­loy wheels, brown or white Nappa leather up­hol­stery, a 249W 10-speaker Bose sound sys­tem, adap­tive head­lights, LED fog­lights, a power tail­gate, a heated steer­ing wheel, sec­ond-row sun­shades, a 10-way power-ad­justable driver seat with me­mory func­tion­al­ity, a six-way pow­er­ad­justable pas­sen­ger seat, first and sec­ond-row heated seats, wood trim, key­less en­try, front park­ing sen­sors and 360-de­gree cam­eras.

Op­tional metal­lic and mica paint­work al­legedly at­tracts a $300 pre­mium.

While Mazda Aus­tralia is yet to de­tail fuel con­sump­tion fig­ures for the CX-8, the Sport FWD is ex­pected to drink 5.7 litres per 100 kilo­me­tres on the com­bined cy­cle test, while the two AWD vari­ants should sip 6.0L100km.

Sales of the CX-9 have taken a small hit this year, with 3436 ex­am­ples sold to the end of May, rep­re­sent­ing a 7.7 per­cent de­crease over the 3723 de­liv­er­ies made dur­ing the same pe­riod in 2017.

This ef­fort places Mazda fourth in the sub-$70,000 large-suv seg­ment this year, trail­ing the Toy­ota Prado, 7580 units, Kluger, 5795, and Subaru Out­back, 4538, but ahead of Isuzu MU-X, 3329, and Mit­subishi Pa­jero Sport, 2754, among oth­ers.

DIESEL POW­ERED: Sharp pric­ing head­lines Mazda’s CX-8 sev­enseat large SUV, on sale next month.

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