Nowadays, it is obvious that crossovers are the most favourite models in the car industry. A decade ago, when first vehicles came out, other segments couldn’t predict this grow. Now, companies are offering different sizes and types of SUVs. Mazda is on the market already with CX-5, CX-7, and CX-9. Now, there is another crossover on the way to fill the spot between last two. It will be 2018 Mazda CX-8. Performance close to full-size SUV, but with the slightly smaller body is a highlight. This can make appearance slightly less appealing, but it is going to boost fuel economy.
2018 Mazda CX-8 redesign
As the rest of CX lineup, this crossover will share many parts with its siblings. Body shape is similar, with some unique details. Wheelbase length is between CX-8 and CX-7. Inside, features are pretty much the same, with numerous carry-overs. In the matter of fact, the 2018 Mazda CX-8 is not going to get many unique details. However, a combination of existing equipment and parts is great and will make even owners of other vehicles think they are in the new crossover. Also, we believe that 2018 will test some features for future generations.
2018 Mazda CX-8 specs
The 2018 Mazda CX-8 will get a 2.5-l inline-four engine as its main option. This drivetrain pairs with a 6-speed manual transmission for excellent delivery. The combination is good for 250 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. There is alternative with automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Estimated top speed is 130 mph, while crossover can sprint to 60 mph in 7 seconds. The diesel version will combine the same gearbox with 2.2-l displacement. High output numbers cover the significant loss in power. Also, the diesel engine is economical, sine it is more fuel-friendly.
2018 Mazda CX-8 competition, price, release
The 2018 Mazda CX-8 will come by the end of 2017. However, release and appearance in salons won’t happen in this year. In first months of next season, we will find out the exact price. Estimations now are between $25,000 and $30,000. Buyers will also look at Nissan Murano and Honda Pilot, as alternatives and main competitors to CX-8. Hyundai Santa Fe and Ford Edge are leaders in US market.