Tweaked

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring -

Less than a year af­ter hit­ting the mar­ket, Mazda Aus­tralia has up­dated its diesel-only CX-8 large SUV.

Added equip­ment raises the sev­enseater’s pric­ing by as much as $1100 across the three-vari­ant range.

Both front-wheel and all-wheeldrive Sport grades in­crease by $920, to $43,410 be­fore on-road costs and $47,410 re­spec­tively, while the top­tier AWD Asaki jumps $1100 to $62,590.

How­ever, the Ja­pa­nese brand says buy­ers are now treated to G-vec­tor­ing Con­trol Plus, which can ad­just en­gine torque based on steer­ing and ac­cel­er­a­tor in­puts for ‘im­proved sta­bil­ity and han­dling’.

Ap­ple Carplay and Android Auto smartphone mir­ror­ing is now also standard – a near-$500 retro­fit op­tion for ex­ist­ing MZD in­fo­tain­ment sys­tems – as well as tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing.

The flag­ship Asaki vari­ant also gains front seat cool­ing, a 7.0-inch TFT LCD driver dis­play, a frame­less rearview mir­ror, a tweaked over­head con­sole and LED am­bi­ent light­ing.

Out­side, the up­dated CX-8 re­mains largely un­changed, bar­ring the new LED num­ber-plate lamp and wheel colours – Grey Metal­lic for the Sport grade’s 17-inch wheels and Bril­liant Dark for the Asaki’s 19-inch hoops.

The cabin is also tweaked with new heat­ing, ven­ti­la­tion and air-con­di­tioner con­trols.

Mazda says the con­trols ‘po­si­tion switches in hor­i­zon­tal lines to cre­ate a sharp, min­i­mal­is­tic aesthetic’. All ver­sions of the CX-8 are still pow­ered by a twin-tur­bocharged 2.2-litre diesel en­gine that sends 140kw-450nm to the road via a six-speed torque­con­verter au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Mazda Aus­tralia man­ag­ing direc­tor Vi­nesh Bhindi said changes to the CX-8 would give the large SUV more ap­peal to buy­ers.

“Mazda CX-8 diesel ap­peals to cus­tomers need­ing flex­i­ble space and the lat­est safety for their fam­ily, but who don’t want to com­pro­mise on style or spe­cial fea­tures,” he said. “The 2019 up­grade adds more prac­ti­cal­ity and panache to Mazda CX-8 diesel, giv­ing it a sharper edge in the large-suv cat­e­gory as a de­sir­able ad­di­tion to our cus­tomers’ lives.”

Since its in­tro­duc­tion in June last year, Mazda Aus­tralia has sold 2050 units of the CX-8 to the end of Fe­bru­ary.

• New grille de­sign, tail­gate let­ter­ing head­line Ram 1500, 2500 model-year up­date – Page 29

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