Late last month, Mazda released a teaser photo of the upcoming CX-8, stating that the model can be configured as a six-seater or seven-seater.
Thanks to Car Drive, a shot depicting what could be the upcoming Mazda CX-8 surfaced, giving us a clearer look at the new model from Mazda, with a side-by-side shot comparing the new CX-8 and the new CX-5.
From the sides, both models look identical at a glance, but upon closer inspection, the purported Mazda CX-8 has an A-pillar that protrudes out more than the CX-5 sibling. Apart from that, the rear side window appears to be marginally longer than the CX-5, hinting that the model has more seating capacity than the CX-5. Changes are subtle at best, though without a front or rear shot, it is hard to gauge other differences.
Considering that Mazda does not offer the CX-9 in Japan, the upcoming CX-8 will be positioned as their largest SUV there. Wheelbase is identical for the Mazda CX-8 and CX-9, coming in at 2,930 mm. Power is expected to be derived from a 2.2-litre SkyActiv-D clean diesel engine paired to a six-speed automatic.