Mazda refreshes its CX-5 and CX-8 range for Japan

04-12-2020 13:00
Customers in Japan may now pre-order 2021 model year versions of the Mazda CX-5 and CX-8. The changes aren’t too great, mostly boiling down to new trim versions and revised old versions.

Customers in Japan may now pre-order 2021 model year versions of the Mazda CX-5 and CX-8. The changes aren’t too great, mostly boiling down to new trim versions and revised old versions.

The changes the Mazda CX-5 went through fall short of a full-fledged facelift, but the company keeps improving it in small ways. This time around, the crossover SUV lands with a Mazda Connect infotainment system (8.8” and 10.25” touchscreen displays are available depending on the trim level) and supports more online services than before.

The 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D turbo diesel raises output from 190 PS and 445 Nm to 200 PS and 450 Nm. The gasoline lineup stays unchanged: the old 2.0-liter mill still churns out 156 PS, the 2.5L non-turbo produces 188 PS, and the 2.5L turbo makes 230 PS. The six-speed manual transmission switches gears faster now.

If you want something special, consider the new Black Tone Edition that sports black wheels, mirrors and décor.

Similar changes make it into the Mazda CX-8, which is technically just a CX-5 stretched to 4.9 meters of length, with three seat rows, available in select Asian countries. It ships with the same engine assortment as the CX-5 except for the entry-spec 2.0L.

The top trim called Exclusive Mode gains even more premium features to set it apart from the more affordable trims, such as a special radiator grille, new 19-inch wheels and chrome details on the side sills and the front bumper. The second row is represented by two individual seats, and the powered tailgate opens when you simply put your leg under the rear bumper.

Prices start from the equivalent of U.S. $26,000 for the CX-5 and $29,000 for the CX-8.

Editor Andrew Raspopov
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