Updates for the expanded 2020 Mazda CX-8 SUV range have been announced headlined by the availability of a petrol engine for the first time.
Customers now have more choice with the line-up growing from three to eight variants with the introduction of Touring and GT grades.
Sport and Touring models are now offered with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine developing 140kW and 252Nm matched to a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.
The 140kW/450Nm 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine is carried over, it’s also paired with a six-speed automatic with either front or all-wheel drive.
Thanks to the addition of the petrol engine, pricing now starts at $39,910 for the entry-level Sport model.
All variants now get an updated version of the brand’s Smart City Brake Support (autonomous emergency braking), a larger 8.0-inch infotainment screen (Mazda says the screen now utilises enlarged icons and text to offer better readability), additional damping material in the roof, a new key fob and fresh badging.
Stepping up to the Touring model adds black leather trim along with enhanced third-row functionality with a one-touch walk-in switch on the left and right seat cushion sides.
The new GT variant includes a remote-operated power tailgate, 19-inch alloy wheels, an electric sunroof and two 2.5A USB power points in the third row.
The range-topping Asaki model gets real wood trim inserts, front-seat ventilation and a 360-degree view monitor.
All-wheel drive models also feature the newly developed off-road traction assist function which can assist the driver by suppressing tyre spin and distributing the right amount of torque to the tyres that have grip.
Scroll below for a full run down of each grade’s equipment highlights.
2020 Mazda CX-8 pricing (excluding on-road costs):
Sport 2.5L Petrol FWD - $39,910
Sport 2.2L Diesel AWD - $46,910
Touring 2.5L Petrol FWD - $46,590
Touring 2.2L Diesel AWD - $53,590
GT 2.2L Diesel FWD - $57,900
GT 2.2L Diesel AWD - $61,900
Asaki 2.2L Diesel FWD - $61,440
Asaki 2.2L Diesel AWD - $65,440
2020 Mazda CX-8 equipment highlights:
CX-8 Sport
  • 17-inch steel wheels (Grey Metallic) with 225/65 tyres
  • 8.0-inch MZD Connect infotainment touchscreen
  • Active driving display
  • Air-conditioning (three-zone climate control) with independent rear control
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • AM/FM tuner, Bluetooth capability, Digital radio (DAB+) and six-speakers
  • Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM)
  • Electric parking brake with Auto Hold
  • Headlamps (LED) with auto on/off function
  • High Beam Control (HBC)
  • Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane-keep Assist System (LAS)
  • Leather-wrapped gear shift knob and steering wheel
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) with Stop & Go function
  • Parking sensors (Rear)
  • Power mirrors (body coloured with heating and auto-folding function)
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Rear seats with: Centre armrest
  • Rear-view mirror with auto-dimming function
  • Reverse camera
  • Satellite navigation
  • Seat trim: Black cloth
  • Smart Brake Support (SBS)
  • Smart City Brake Support [Forward/Reverse] (SCBSF/R)
  • Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR)
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Wipers (front) 2-speed with rain-sensing function
CX-8 Touring adds
  • LED fog lamps
  • Advanced keyless entry
  • Front seats with 6-way power adjustment (passenger), 8-way power adjustment (driver) and heating function
  • One-touch walk-in switch
  • Parking sensors (front)
  • Rear seats with: Centre armrest storage and USB charging ports (2nd row)
  • Leather seat trim
CX-8 GT adds
  • 19-inch alloy wheels (Silver Metallic) with 225/55 tyres
  • Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS)
  • Front seats with 2-position memory function (driver), 6-way power adjustment (passenger), 10-way power adjustment (driver) and heating function
  • Glove box lid chrome knob
  • LED signature with DRL
  • Power sliding and tilt-glass sunroof
  • Premium Bose 273-watt amplifier and 10 speakers (including subwoofer)
  • Rear door window sunshade
  • Rear seats with heating function (2nd row outer)
  • Remote-operated power tailgate (open/close)
  • Room/cargo lamps (LED)
  • Side garnish (Bright)
  • USB charging ports (3rd row)
  • Vanity mirror lamps (LED)
CX-8 Asaki adds
  • 360-degree View Monitor
  • 7.0-inch TFT LCD multi-information meter display in the instrument cluster
  • Adaptive LED Headlamps (ALH)
  • Ambient lighting (LED)
  • Chrome-plated power seat knob
  • Frameless rear-view mirror
  • Front seats with ventilation function
  • Glove box illumination (LED)
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Real wood door and dashboard trim inserts
  • Seat trim: Dark Russet or Pure White Nappa leather
  • Unique 19-inch alloy wheels (Brilliant Dark) with 225/55 tyres
  • Unique overhead console
  • Unique steering wheel stitch