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.
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