Mazda Australia has confirmed its refreshed CX-8 range for 2022, with the expansion of its petrol engine availability within the range, while the top-ends remain powered by a Skyactiv-D diesel unit.
Mazda says it’s responding to customer demand, with more than 70 percent of its customers opting for a gasoline-powered CX-8 over its diesel sibling. As a result, all front-wheel-drive variants are powered by Mazda’s 2.5-litre Skyactiv-G petrol producing 140kW/252Nm, while all-wheel-drive variants get the 2.2-litre twin-turbo diesel of 140 Mazda kW/450 Nm. Both use a six-speed automatic transmission.
There have been no changes to the equipment and feature lists, meaning the entry-level CX-8 Sport comes with 17-inch alloys and receives LED headlights, cruise control adaptive speed, a reversing camera and parking sensors, tri-zone climate control and an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth and satellite navigation as standard.
Opting for the CX-8 Touring variant adds a set of front-mounted parking sensors, LED fog lamps, electric heated front seats, leather upholstery, keyless entry and start, as well than steering wheel-mounted paddles for the transmission.
Upgrading to the CX-8 Touring SP variant adds a 19-inch alloy package, heated rear seats with red accents throughout the interior, black mirrors and grille, and Maztex synthetic leather upholstery and suede.
The Mazda CX-8 GT adds a set of adaptive LED headlights, as well as a panoramic sunroof, power trunk lift, upgraded leather upholstery, wireless smartphone charging and a larger infotainment system. 10.25 inches paired with a ten-speaker BOSE audio system.
Mazda’s CX-8 Askari variant gets a surround-view camera, heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, Nappa leather upholstery with special interior finishes, uniquely designed grille and 7.0 digital instrument panel inches.
Finally, Mazda’s top-of-the-line CX-8 Askari LE comes with two choices of Nappa leather for the interior, as well as a set of captain’s chairs in the second row of the cabin that receive heating and ventilation.
All CX-8 variants retain their five-star ANCAP safety rating, coming standard with rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, braking front and rear autonomous emergency and lane departure warning.
The new model is on sale now, with prices starting from the following (excluding road charges):