Locally Assembled 2019 Mazda CX-8 Officially Opened For Booking; Choice Of 6...

Locally Assembled 2019 Mazda CX-8 Officially Opened For Booking; Choice Of 6 Or 7 Seater

L-R: Sui Keng Huat, General Manager of Operations, Inokom; Dato’ Amer Hamzah, Executive Chairman, Prima Merdu Sdn Bhd; Shigeo Okamizu, President, Mazda Malaysia Sdn Bhd; Dato’ Francis Lee, CEO, Bermaz Auto Bhd; Hajime Sasaki, Plant Manager, Mazda Malaysia Sdn Bhd; Hiroshi Inoue, Managing Executive Officer, Mazda Motor Corporation; Dato’ Sri Ben Yeoh, Executive Chairman, Bermaz Auto Bhd; Susumu Niinai, Divison General Manager, ASEAN Business Office, Mazda Motor Corporation; Takuji Iwashita, General Manager Corporate Planning and Development Division, Mazda Motor Corporation; Hironori Okano, Plant Manager, Hofu Plant; Dato’ Wong Kin Foo, Director, Bermaz Motor Sdn Bhd; Koichiro Yamaguchi, Program Manager, Mazda Motor Corporation.

Mazda CX-8_MalaysiaAfter previewing it on several occasions since the beginning of the year, Bermaz Auto, which distributes Mazda vehicles in Malaysia, has officially announced the 2019 Mazda CX-8 for the Malaysia market and is now accepting bookings for this SUV. Like the brand’s smaller CX-5 SUV, the CX-8 is locally assembled by Mazda Malaysia at the Inokom facility in Kulim, Kedah.

The CX-8 offers three-row seating like the flagship CX-9, but for the CX-8 there is a choice of getting it in either 6- or 7-seater configuration. Though it looks similar to the CX-5 (they have the same width), the CX-8 is built on a modified CX-9 platform (same wheelbase) in order to practically fit three rows of seats and maintain ride quality. It is however 175 mm shorter and 129 mm narrower than the larger CX-9.

Mazda CX-8_2.2 Litre SkyActiv-D Turbo Diesel EngineThere are two engine choices i.e. SkyActiv-G 2.5L and SkyActiv-D 2.2L, in the form of four variants: 2.5L 2WD Mid, 2.5L 2WD Mid Plus, 2.5L High, and 2.2L AWD High. The SkyActiv-G 2.5L naturally aspirated petrol engine pushes out 192 hp and 258 Nm of torque, while the SkyActiv-D 2.2L is a turbocharged Euro 5 diesel engine capable of 188 hp and 450 Nm of torque. All the variants use the 6-speed SkyActiv Drive automatic transmission with manual shift mode. Also standard for all variants are the 19″ wheel size and G-Vectoring Control. The CX-8 in Malaysia will not get the 2.5L turbocharged petrol engine yet as that will depend on consumer demand. Furthermore, there also needs to be some product differentiation between the CX-8 and the CX-9 (which is a 7-seater powered by the 2.5L turbo).

Mazda CX-8_High Variant_6 Seater_2019The base 2.5L Mid variant is the only one with a 7-seater layout while the rest are 6-seaters. The 2.5L Mid High variant features captain seats in the second row with a walk-through cabin; both petrol and diesel High spec variants have captain seats and a dedicated large centre console / armrest with integrated cup holders and USB ports. With the layout choices available, the CX-8 has carved its own niche in the SUV segment.

Compared to the High variants, the 2.5L Mid and Mid Plus variants miss out on leather upholstery (the range-topping High variants get Nappa leather), 6-way powered front passenger seat, 360° view monitor, rear door sunshades, and head-up display.

Mazda CX-8 High Variant_i-ActivSense Safety_2019Further, the 2.5L Mid spec is not equipped with Mazda’s i-ActivSense safety technology. The Mid Plus spec however, does get the Adaptive Front Lighting System, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Smart City Brake Support (for front collision avoidance, with pedestrian detection). Meanwhile, the 2.5L 2WD High and 2.2L AWD High variants get the addition of Adaptive LED Headlights, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane Keep Assist System, Driver Attention Alert as well as Smart City Brake Support for the rear.

Standard safety kit for all includes six SRS airbags, Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Traction Control System, Emergency Stop Signal, Hill Launch Assist, Auto Hold, Walk Away Locking, Mazda i-Stop idling technology, and Impact Absorbing Bonnet.

Mazda CX-8_Rear Climate Control_2019For passenger comfort and convenience, the CX-8 has a triple-zone climate control system as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, 7″ touchscreen display, MZD Connect infotainment system with voice command and multi-function Commander control, six speakers and up to four USB ports (the Mid Plus misses out on rear USB ports due to the captain seats.

Body colour choices are Soul Red Crystal, Machine Gray, Snowflake White Pearl, Deep Crystal Blue, Sonic Silver and Jet Black.

All Mazda vehicles are covered by a 5-year manufacturer warranty with 5 years of free maintenance, or 100,000 km (except for the BT-50 pick-up truck) according to the manufacturer’s standards inclusive of parts, lubricants and labour.

The Mazda CX-8 is open for booking with official prices to be announced soon.




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