Scoop: All-new 2023 Mazda CX-8 to come with straight-six, RWD, and SUV-coupe variant

CY Foong · Aug 24, 2021 12:00 PM

Scoop: All-new 2023 Mazda CX-8 to come with straight-six, RWD, and SUV-coupe variant 01

Rendering by Best Car Web

For those who think SUVs are boring, Mazda hopes to turn things around and bring out the sportiness in sport utility vehicles. According to a scoop by Japanese automotive media, Best Car Web, Mazda is currently developing a brand-new SUV architecture with recipes that make enthusiasts salivate.

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The newly-developed platform would see a straight-six engine placed up front and sending power to the rear. A front-engined, rear-wheel-drive (FR) SUV really does sound like the boost needed in one of the world’s most popular and also divisive segment.

Also read: RWD 2023 Mazda CX-5 might not be true, could be replaced by CX-50

Scoop: All-new 2023 Mazda CX-8 to come with straight-six, RWD, and SUV-coupe variant 01

Aside from the supposed next-gen CX-5/CX-50, this platform could also be placed on the next-gen CX-8. The scoop mentioned that the platform would be utilised on an SUV with 3-row seating arrangement, pointing directly at the CX-8.

Other than that, Mazda is also mulling on an SUV-coupe variant of the next-gen CX-8 too.

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The SUV-coupe has certainly seen a boom as of late with the latest Toyota Harrier sporting a coupe-like style. Perhaps this might be Mazda’s answer against one of Toyota’s best-selling vehicles in Japan.

Also read: Toyota Harrier will fail in Malaysia? It just hit its 2021 sales target in 1 week

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In terms of powertrains, aside from the unnamed straight-six, the next-gen CX-8 could also be available with the SkyActiv-X engine. This engine could be paired with a 48V mild-hybrid system (MHEV).

Also read: Mazda's new 6-cylinder, RWD model will be a 3.0L SUV, coming 2023

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Speaking of, perhaps a rotary-engined CX-8 might also be in the works albeit one that powers as a range extender.

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All these info is certainly exciting and would give the CX-8 a much-needed youthful boost. The 7-seater SUV has been on sale since 2017 and was given a very slight update in Japan in late-2020.

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Closer to home, we enjoyed the CX-8 for its wafty and comfortable drive but it lacks the pizzazz that we’re accustomed to from Mazda. Could this catered-for-enthusiasts replacement bring out the bite in the CX-8?

Also read: Review: Mazda CX-8 2.2D High – This over the VW Tiguan Allspace R-Line?

CY Foong

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Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

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