Mazda New Zealand has announced it will soon introduce an updated version of the seven-seat CX-8, arriving with a facelift and a suite of new technology.
Key exterior changes include a new “block mesh” pattern grille and grille surround, restyled front and rear bumpers, a set of newly-designed headlights and taillights, and a more sleek-looking tailgate with each change reflecting the Japanese carmaker’s Kodo design language.
There’s also a fresh set of alloy wheel designs to choose from, which are new to the CX-8, as well as the Rhodium White body colour, making up a total of eight available finishes. The interior on the Takami grade has been given a new look with black Nappa leather trim too.
Mazda’s 10.25-inch infotainment display is now standard on all variants which also sees the introduction of wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with multiple USB-C ports.
There are two grades to choose from, including GSX and the aforementioned Takami variant, with both being powered by a twin-turbocharged diesel 2.2-litre four-cylinder engine. Power output comes to 140kW and 450Nm of torque.
The Takami now also comes with Mazda’s ‘Mi Drive’ driving mode system, allowing the driver to change between Normal, Sport, and Off-Road modes.
Riding inside the CX-8 has supposedly become more pleasant thanks to “exhaustive research, testing and development” which sees the interior get a reduction in noise, vibration and harshness.
The Mazda CX-8 facelift will go on sale at your nearest Mazda dealership in May 2023, with pricing starting from $61,490 for the GSX and $72,540 for the Takami, including ORC.