Mazda has tweaked and updated its CX-8 seven-seat SUV range for 2019.
The CX-8 continues to be split into just two grades, the entry-level Sport and top-spec Asaki, both of which remain powered by the brand’s 2.2-litre 140kW/450Nm turbo diesel engine.
The updated Sport in both front- and all-wheel drive versions is $920 more expensive than the 2018 model at $43,410 and $47,410 MSRP respectively. The Asaki is $1,100 more expensive than before at $62,590.
Both grades have received minor aesthetic updates with a new LED number plate lamp, a grey finish for the Sport’s 17-inch alloy wheels and a dark finish for the Asaki’s 18-inch wheels. Inside, there is an aesthetically-revised instrument panel.
From standard, the Sport (at long last) has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, ‘G-Vectoring Control Plus’ (an advanced stability control system) and a tyre-pressure monitoring system.
The Asaki gains a new 7-inch LCD display in the dash offering more information to the driver, a frameless rear-view mirror, a revised overhead console design, and ambient LED lighting for the cabin.
All CX-8s remain automatic only via a six-speed torque converter transmission and have auto emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, driver attention alert, active cruise control, and traffic sign recognition as standard.
Mazda CX-8 2019 list pricing
| ||FWD six-speed auto||AWD six-speed auto|
Would you be more likely to consider the CX-8 if it was offered with a petrol engine? Tell us what you think in the comments below.