Mazda is gearing up to add a fourth SUV to its range in the form of the CX-8.
While not official – for now the CX-8 is reserved for Japan – Mazda insiders suggest the move to bring the six- and seven-seat model to Australia is a done deal.
To slot between the CX-5 and CX-9, the new CX-8 would give Mazda a large diesel-powered SUV to compete with the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento.
The news comes as Mazda confirms some minor CX-9 updates, picking up G-Vectoring Control that apportions slightly more drive to the outside wheel in corners with the aim of improving dynamics.
The CX-9’s cabin is claimed to be quieter courtesy of minor tweaks, including revised sound deadening in things such as the roof lining and floor.
There’s also some changes to seats, including a middle-row seat that tilts further forward and a third row that incorporates a second child-seat tether point.