The 2021 Mazda CX-8 has been launched in Australia with new model grades, new equipment and even more of a complete lineup. New to the lineup is the new Touring SP grade that follows in the footsteps of the recently updated 6 and CX-9, as well as a new Asaki LE that adds Captain’s Chairs in the middle row for a more luxurious feel. More standard kit has been added lower in the range as well.

“The Mazda CX-8 has enjoyed strong popularity as the range has evolved over time,” said Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi. 

“Through its life we’ve continually refined the customer proposition, adding petrol and front-drive variants in response to dealer and customer feedback.

“With this latest update we add some key technology updates as well as two excitingly-specified new models in the Touring SP and Asaki LE, making the CX-8 model range more enticing than ever,” he said.

Drivetrains for the 2021 Mazda CX-8 remain unchanged with the 140kW/252Nm 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and 140kW/450Nm 2.2-litre four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engines still on offer – the petrol is solely FWD, while the diesel can be had with either front- or all-wheel drive, depending on the model. All CX-8s are matched to a six-speed auto and the economy for the petrol is claimed as 8.1L/100km combined and the diesel between 5.9-6.0L/100km.

Standard kit on the entry level Sport includes LED lighting, auto lights and wipers, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated and auto-folding mirrors, tri-zone climate control, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite navigation, a heads-up display, digital radio, a reversing camera with rear parking sensors, a six-speaker sound system, roof rails and a long list of standard safety kit, including auto emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, auto high beam, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality and rear auto braking.

The Touring adds LED front fog lights, front parking sensors, keyless entry and start, leather upholstery with heated front seats, eight-way driver/six-way passenger electric seat adjustment, a middle row centre armrest with USB ports, paddle shifters and one-touch access to the third row.

The new Touring SP grade adds black 19-inch alloy wheels, black exterior detailing, faux leather seating with red stitching, a 10-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory functionality and heated outer middle seats.

The GT then adds bright wheels, a new grille in gloss black, cornering headlights, LED daytime running lights, an electric tailgate, burgundy or black leather upholstery, a 10.25-inch infotainment screen with Mazda Connect, a 10-speaker Bose sound system, third row USB ports, middle row door sunshades, LED interior lighting and a sunroof

The Asaki then adds a new design of alloy wheel, a metallic grille, Matrix LED headlights, brown Nappa leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a 360-degree camera, a frameless rear mirror, LED ambient lighting and a number of trim upgrades, including metal controls for the seats.

Finally, atop the range is the new Asaki LE, which adds second row Captain’s Chairs with power adjustment and ventilation, a rear centre console with cup holders and USB ports and the choice of either brown or white Nappa leather upholstery. 

2021 Mazda CX-8 pricing (plus on-road costs):

Sport petrol FWD: $39,990

Touring petrol FWD: $46,790

Sport diesel AWD: $46,990

Touring SP petrol FWD: $47,790

Touring diesel AWD: $53,790

Touring SP diesel AWD: $54,790

GT diesel FWD: $59,290

Asaki diesel FWD: $62,790

GT diesel AWD: $63,290

Asaki diesel AWD: $66,790

Asaki LE diesel AWD: $69,920

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