Mazda CX-8 gains 2.5T petrol in Japan

Seven-seat SUV gets new petrol options, along with GVC Plus, Apple CarPlay, and more available luxury features.

The Mazda CX-8 has received a refresh in its home market of Japan, in similar fashion to the smaller and related CX-5, adding two petrol engine options to the range.

Like the CX-5 and the CX-9, the 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine makes a healthy 170kW of power and 420Nm of torque, mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Mazda Japan has also released a naturally-aspirated version of the same engine – offered locally in the CX-5 and Mazda 3 – making 140kW and 252Nm. The 2.2-litre twin-turbo diesel carries over.

Other changes include the company’s new G-Vectoring Control Plus system, which differentiates itself from the current system by using the brakes “to add direct yaw moment control for further enhanced handling stability”.

For example, if the driver steers out of a corner and returns the steering wheel to the centre position, GVC Plus applies the brakes lightly on the outside wheels to provide a “stabilising moment” and return the vehicle accurately to the straight-ahead position.

Rounding out the major changes is the introduction of a new ‘L Package’ flagship variant, which is available with all engine options and gets some equipment not previously offered.

Highlights include ventilated front seats, a 7.0-inch TFT driver’s instrument display, a frameless rear-view mirror, LED cabin lighting, and a new 19-inch alloy wheel finished in gloss grey.

The updated range also sees the introduction of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integrated into the 7.0-inch MZD Connect infotainment system.

Australia

Mazda’s Australian division told CarAdvice it has “no local announcements” to make regarding the petrol-powered CX-8, nor the turbocharged CX-5 announced last month.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest. Thanks Ahmet for the tip!