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Mazda CX-8 Diesel confirmed for Australia

The seven-seat Mazda CX-8 sits between the CX-5 and CX-9 and will go on-sale in Australia later this year.

MAZDA AUSTRALIA has announced its seven-seat, diesel CX-8 will go on-sale in Australia later this year (2018).

Managing Director of Mazda Australia, Vinesh Bhindi, said the Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel will meet Australia’s demand for seven seat diesel SUV’s.

“More and more, Australians are opting for larger SUV’s to suit the demands of their busy lives; the Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel is the perfect fit for those who need the versatility of seven seats and the economy that diesel affords,” said Mr Bhindi.

The new broke overnight as Mazda announced the on-sale timing for the previously thought-to-be Japan-only CX-8 adding a footnote that the CX-8 would also go on-sale in Australia. Mazda Australia confirmed that statement this morning.

The CX-8 will only be offered with a 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine which is rumoured to be the same as the one in both the CX-5 and Mazda6. While the CX-8 sits on the same platform as the slightly bigger CX-9, it’s shorter, narrower and not quite as tall: 4900mm (5075mm); 1840mm (1969mm) and 1730mm (1740mm).

In a statement, Mazda said: “Sitting between Mazda’s CX-5 and CX-9 on the sizing scale, the Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel is narrower and shorter than its elder sibling. This smaller stature allows for better manoeuvrability, at the same time offering growing families the flexibility of a comfortable seven seat option. 

“Loaded with Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE technologies, the Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel will feature the latest in safety equipment as standard from entry grade, right through to top grade, offering peace of mind to drivers”.

Question: Does slotting in a slightly smaller, diesel-only, seven-seater work in Mazda’s favour – giving it something to go up against the X-Trail range?


Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.