Mild upgrade adds new features inside the cabin

It’s been only two years since it introduced the CX-8 crossover and Mazda already unveiled an updated version at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. As before, the CX-8, essentially a seven-seat version of the CX-5, remains limited to markets like Japan, Malaysia, China, Australia, and New Zealand and won’t come to the United States. Let’s find out what’s new.

The Same Exterior, New Features Inside

Mazda Debuts Updated CX-8 at Tokyo Motor Show; Still Not Coming to the U.S. Exterior
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The CX-8 displayed in Tokyo looks identical to the SUV that Mazda launched in 2017, so this is more of a mild update rather than a facelift. However, the Japanese firm made some notable changes inside the cabin.

For starters, the seven-inch infotainment display was replaced with a slightly larger unit - with an eight-inch diagonal.

Access to the third-row seats is now easier thanks to the new one-touch, walk-in switch that folds the second-row seatbacks and slides them forward.

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More news can be found on the options list, starting with heated second-row seats, as well as cup holders and USB ports for this area. You can also order a pair of captain’s chairs in Nappa leather and USB ports for the third row.

The sub-trunk box has grown bigger and it can now carry three cubic feet of luggage. That’s 2.3 cubic feet more than the previous model. If you go with the optional Bose premium sound system, the box’s capacity goes down to two cubic feet.

Engine options remain the same

Mazda Debuts Updated CX-8 at Tokyo Motor Show; Still Not Coming to the U.S. Exterior
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There are no updates to talk about under the hood. The CX-8 comes with the same drivetrains as before, including naturally aspirated and turbocharged versions of the 2.5-liter gasoline unit and the already familiar 2.2-liter diesel. The all-motor 2.5-liter four-pot delivers 188 horsepower, while the turbo variant churns out 227 horses. The oil burner cranks out 188 horsepower.

All the engine options above can now be selected with either front- or all-wheel drive. AWD drivetrains feature Off-Road Traction Assist, a system that teams up with the traction control unit to improve grip.

Mazda Debuts Updated CX-8 at Tokyo Motor Show; Still Not Coming to the U.S. Exterior
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The CX-8 starts from JPY2.95 million in Japan, while the range-topping model comes in at JPY4.89 million. This converts to around $27,150 and $45,050, respectively, as of October 2019.

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