Mazda CX-8 to go on sale in Australia from $42,490

June 14, 2018

Prices for the all-new Mazda CX-8 SUV have been announced for the Australian market, ahead of its showroom arrival next month.

As revealed earlier this year, the new CX-8 will slot into the market in between the CX-5 medium-size SUV and the CX-9 large SUV. It features a seven-seat cabin, like the CX-9, but uses Mazda’s beaut new 2.2-litre twin-turbo diesel four-cylinder engine (not available in the CX-9).

Why has Mazda gone with a diesel-only powertrain? We’re not entirely sure as demand for the diesel option in the CX-5 isn’t as strong as the petrol units. Nonetheless, the diesel is a fantastic engine. In its latest tune it produces a healthy 140kW and a meaty 450Nm. In the CX-5 diesel, we clocked 0-100km/h in a very respectable 7.88 seconds.

Mazda Australia is offering two variants of the CX-8, including the Sport which is offered in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive guise, as well as the flagship Asaki which is all-wheel drive only. Fuel economy figures haven’t been mentioned, but as a guide the CX-5 diesel, which is AWD only, offers a combined cycle rating of 5.7L/100km. The CX-8 FWD should present similar figures.

The CX-8 is based on the CX-9, featuring a narrower and shorter set of dimensions, as well as a sloping roofline toward the rear for a sporty profile. Some styling revisions are made to distinguish the new model, particularly around the rear pillars, with a similar front end to the CX-9.

Mazda is obviously aiming to soak up a larger chunk of the market with the new model, as prices for the CX-8 span very wide. Kicking off from $42,490 and stretching to $61,490 means it does overlap with the CX-5 at both ends. Given the CX-5 is and has been the best-selling SUV in the country for many years, the CX-8 should quite easily enjoy a slice of the success. Mazda Australia MD Vinesh Bhind said:

“Brand-new Mazda CX-8 shares the uncompromising quality, style, comfort and safety features that customers know and expect of a Mazda. This, paired with the efficiency and economy of the most advanced SkyActiv diesel engine on offer, makes the Mazda CX-8 an enticing proposition for Australians needing an added level of versatility.”

The new model will officially go on sale from July this year. Prices start from the following (excluding on-road costs):

2018 Mazda CX-8 Sport FWD – $42,490
2018 Mazda CX-8 Sport AWD – $46,490
2018 Mazda CX-8 Asaki AWD – $61,490

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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