Leaked: 2017 Mazda CX-8 Uncovered

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Leaked: 2017 Mazda CX-8 Uncovered

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.

Back home, Bermaz has said that the new Mazda CX-5 will be introduced later this year, possibly in September or October. On top of the arrival of the new CX-5, we can also expect Bermaz to offer Soul Red on its CKD models as well.



Prior to covering the automotive scene, Eric was the tech support fella. Now he's either busy driving or editing videos.



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