Mazda has announced the 2023 version of their CX-8 large SUV is coming early next year, with what’s said to be a comprehensive styling update and improved standard tech features.
Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi, said the CX-8’s new features and redesigned appearance would ensure it stayed at the top of the list for those seeking an affordable and stylish seven-seat SUV.
“With this latest update, Mazda CX-8 has taken the game to another level, with both styling and technology that will ensure it’s a hit with Aussie buyers for years to come.”
In terms of the styling changes, there’s nothing radically different from the current CX-8 and the additions don’t deviate far from Mazda’s Kodo design language, either. There’s a block mesh pattern grille and new, wider grille surround, restyled front and rear bumpers, new-look headlights, a new tail light design and redesigned “sleeker” tailgate.
New wheel designs come with this makeover, as does a new paint option, Rhodium White, which debuted on the CX-60 and is the third colour offered using Mazda’s ‘Takuminuri’ painting technology; part of what will be an eight-option palette for the MY23 CX-8..
On the tech front, the 10.25-inch screen for the Mazda Connect infotainment system will be standard across the CX-8 range (previously 8.0-inch in lower grades), along with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Other tech upgrades added across all CX-8 grades include a 7.0-inch digital instrument display (previously limited to Asaki and Asaki LE grades), USB-C ports for front-seat occupants and a remote window control system activated via the key fob.
On AWD models, Mazda’s ‘Mi Drive’ intelligent Drive Select, which offers Normal, Sport and Off-Road modes, will be standard, with the upcoming CX-8 also claiming improvements in cabin NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) levels.
Information released so far makes no mention of the drivetrain options, but it’s assumed the 140kW/252Nm naturally aspirated 2.5-litre petrol front-wheel drive and 140kW/450Nm 2.2-litre twin turbo diesel all-wheel drive options both carry over for the 2023 update, along with the six-speed ‘sports’ automatic transmission that’s standard for both engines.
Further details and pricing for the updated CX-8 will be released ahead of its local launch in March, 2023.