Bermaz Motor has unveiled the all-new 2019 Mazda CX-8 at the Inokom Assembly Plant in Kulim, Kedah where the 7-seater will be assembled.
There are 4 variants of the CX-8 available – 2.5L 2WD MID, 2.5L 2WD MID PLUS, 2.5L 2WD HIGH and 2.2L AWD. The 2.5-litre front-wheel drive models make 192 hp and 258 Nm while the 2.2L AWD turbo diesel models make 188 hp and 420 Nm. Both engine options are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode.
On the outside, the CX-8 measures 4,900 mm in length, 1,840 mm in width and 1,730 mm in height, weighing 1,781 kg (2.5L) and 1,924 kg (2.2L). Compared to the CX-9, the CX-8 is shorter and isn’t as wide, but essentially shares the same wheelbase with the largest Mazda on sale in Malaysia.
While it may appear too differently from the CX-5 and CX-9, the front grille of the CX-8 adopts a new design that features horizontal silver bars, with a new 19-inch wheel design and a chrome trim that links the two tail lights together, just like the CX-9.
The all-new CX-8 comes in six colour options – Soul Red Crystal, Machine Grey, Snowflake White Pearl, Deep Blue Crystal, Sonic Silver and Jet Black.
All models are equipped with LED headlights, LED tail lights, keyless entry, and powered tailgate. Except for the 2.5 2WD MID model, which comes with Bulb-type DRLs, all models are equipped with LED DRLs.
Inside, only the base model 2.5-litre MID comes with seven seats, with Bench Type seats in the 3rd row. The 2.5 MID PLUS gets two Captain Chairs in the 2nd row, while the 2.5-litre HIGH and 2.2-litre AWD gets a centre console between the two 2nd row seats.
The rear doors of the CX-8 can open up to 80-degrees while in the third row Mazda claims, is capable of accommodating occupants up to 170 cm tall. According to Mazda, there is 75 mm of foot space for 3rd row passengers.
Vibration-dampening materials in the rear fender panels and sound-absorbing materials at the base of the D-pillars help reduce noise in the 3rd row. Cabin refinement also comes from a reduction in the gap between the roof moulding and roof spoiler to reduce wind noise.
Fabric seats are allocated for the 2.5-litre MID and MID PLUS models while the 2.5-litre HIGH and 2.2-litre AWD gets Nappa leather upholstery.
Elsewhere, all models come equipped with 7-inch Mazda Connect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bose Sound System, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, 3-zone climate control with independent con controls and vents, auto dimming rear view mirror, reverse camera, 10-way power adjustable seats for the Driver and 50:50 split folding 3rd row seats.
Only the 2.5-litre HIGH and 2.2-litre AWD gets a head up display, rear sunshade and 360-degree monitor, while only two USB ports are available in the 2.5-litre MID PLUS model; the rest gets four USB ports. Sports Mode is present in all models except the 2.2-litre AWD.
All models come with Mazda’s i-Stop Idling Technology and G-Vectoring Control Plus. On the safety front, all models are fitted with six airbags, ABS with EBD, emergency brake assist, Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control and Hill Launch Assist.
As for the i-ACTIVSENSE suite of driver assistance systems, the 2.5-litre HIGH and 2.2-litre AWD gets Adaptive LED headlights, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Smart City Brake Support for the front and rear.