In early October, Bermaz had launched the locally assembled Mazda CX-8 SUV at a roll-out ceremony at Mazda Malaysia’s CKD production facility in Kulim, Kedah, where Mazda also produces several models for export. However, absent from the launch were the retail prices, which we now officially have. The prices for the four variants of CX-8 are 2.5G 2WD MID (RM179,960.40); 2.5G 2WD MID PLUS (RM185,960.40); 2.5G 2WD HIGH (RM200,960.40); and 2.2D 4WD HIGH (RM217,722.80). These prices are on-the-road without insurance for private registration in Pen. Malaysia.
To recap, the ‘G’ models are powered by the 2.5-litre SkyActiv-G naturally aspirated petrol engine with 192 hp and 258 Nm of torque, while the ‘D’ model uses the 2.2-litre SkyActiv-D Euro 5 turbo diesel engine with 188 hp and 450 Nm of torque. All CX-8s run the 6-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission with manual shifting. Standard for all CX-8s is the 19″ wheel size and G-Vectoring Control (GVC).
One can also find 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 does away with rear USB ports due to the captain seats and walk-through cabin).
Standard also are 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.
The 2.5G MID variant is a 7-seater SUV (the only one in the range) while all the others have a 6-seater configuration. As mentioned above, the 2.5G MID PLUS features a rear walk-through cabin with captain seats in the second row. The HIGH variants are also 6-seaters with captain seats (with heating) but have a large centre console in between them that doubles as a spacious armrest, storage, as well as a cup holder and USB port base.
The 2.5G MID unfortunately does not come with Mazda’s i-ActivSense safety technology suite. But the MID PLUS does get Adaptive Front Lighting System, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Smart City Brake Support (for front collision avoidance, with pedestrian detection). The range-topping HIGH variants (petrol and diesel) 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. The HIGH models also have wood trim inlays made from the Ayous tree to enhance the premium look, as well as Nappa leather upholstery while the MID models make do with brushed aluminium trim and fabric. You can opt to pay RM4.5k for leather seats if you are getting the MID models.
At a glance, the retail prices may seem to be on the high side, relatively speaking, but Mazda has put in significant effort to make the CX-8 a premium vehicle. Some of this effort are physically noticeable but some require the vehicle to be driven to make them obvious to the driver and passenger.
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.
You can read about our CX-8 drive impression here.