If you are not aware, the flagship three-row SUV Mazda CX-9 is not available in the company’s home market. To fill in the void, Mazda has introduced a CX-8 exclusively for Japan and three months since its official debut, the three-row SUV has been a massive hit with Japanese buyers.

Mazda has collected more than 7,362 orders from 14 September to 10 December, exceeding their expected monthly target of 1,200 units. The majority (43 percent) of customers went for the high grade “L Package” which is available exclusively in a six-seater configuration (2-2-2). As for colour options, 33 percent opted for Machine Grey Metallic while Soul Red Crystal accounts for 13 percent of the total bookings.

The most popular range-topping “L Package” is furnished with premium grade materials such as Nappa leather upholstery with real wood trim, large console box in the second-row seats, Bose sound system and many more.

The CX-8 is available in either six or seven-seater configurations with one turbodiesel powertrain option. The 2.2-litre SkyActiv-D turbodiesel is paired to a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic to deliver 187 hp and 450 Nm of torque. Customers can also choose between two- or four-wheel drive layout.

Locally, Bermaz Motor has just officially introduced the Mazda CX-9 for the Malaysian market priced from RM281k for the 2WD variant. Unlike the CX-8, Malaysians will get a 2.5-litre turbo petrol engine and the sole seven-seater option.


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Adrian Chia
He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.