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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?