In its further push to bring the brand upmarket, Mazda Philippines officially launches the all-new CX-30 subcompact crossover and CX-8 midsize 7-seater crossover. Mazda’s launch of its two latest premium crossovers means that the brand now carries five high-riding vehicles that are sure to please almost every sector of the market looking for a sporty and premium driving experience.
First unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the all-new Mazda CX-30 is the brand’s first crossover SUV to be developed with Mazda’s next-generation Kodo design language and Skyactiv Vehicle Architecture. Measuring 4,395 mm long, 1,795 mm wide, and 1,540 mm tall, the all-new Mazda CX-30’s slots neatly in between the smaller CX-3 and compact CX-5. Following the theme of “beauty through subtraction”, the CX-30 sees the elimination of character lines for a more sensual appearance, just like the all-new Mazda 3. All variants get LED headlights while the 2WD Sport, AWD Sport, and AWD Signature get 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights with LED daytime running lights.
As is with the all-new Mazda 3, the Mazda CX-30 gets a premium and luxuriously appointed interior filled with leather, soft-touch plastics, and various other premium materials. All variants get a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8.8-inch Mazda Connect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an 8-speaker Mazda Harmonics Acoustics sound system. The 2WD Sport variant gets upgraded with leather seats and dual-zone climate control while the top-trim AWD variants get a head-up display, 10-way power seats with memory, 12-speaker Bose sound system, and a power liftgate.
Under the CX-30’s hood is a 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G petrol engine that produces 155 hp and 200 Nm of torque, sending power to the front or all four wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission.
In terms of safety and driver convenience, all variants get an electronic parking brake with auto hold, seven airbags, electronic stability control, and a reverse camera. Getting the AWD Sport or AWD Signature adds a high-resolution 360-degree camera and the full i-Activsense advanced driver safety features which include lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, front cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.
On the other hand, the Mazda CX-8 caters to the market’s desire for a three-row SUV but at a more accessible price point than what the CX-9 offers. It is basically a three-row version of the CX-5 but with a few design revisions to give the CX-8 a degree of distinction. This is evident up front as it bears many similarities with the CX-5 such as the adaptive LED headlights and front bumper. The grille features a more elegant horizontal bar pattern as opposed to the CX-5’s sportier mesh design. As you go further towards the back of the CX-8, the vehicle becomes more distinct as it features its unique rear-end design.
The similarities with the CX-5 continue inside as the two vehicles share the same dashboard architecture. What sets it apart from the CX-5, apart from its increased interior space is the use of plush deep red Nappa Leather on all variants. Other amenities include three-zone climate control, 10-speaker Bose sound system, powered tailgate, and power-adjustable front seats. Selecting the top trim AWD Exclusive variant swaps the second-row bench seats for two individual seats with an integrated center console.
Under the hood of the CX-8 is the familiar 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G petrol engine that produces 190 hp and 252 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front or all four wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission.
As for safety, the Mazda CX-8 is well-equipped with six airbags, electronic stability control, 360-degree camera, as well a few i-Activsense advanced safety features, namely blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping assist. Splurging for the top trim AWD Exclusive adds the full i-Activsense suite which includes automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.
The all-new Mazda CX-30 and CX-8 are now on sale across all Mazda dealers in the Philippines. With five SUVs in its stable, Mazda is basically covering all segments of the market to make sure that it has an SUV for most consumer needs and purposes, especially those looking for a premium and sporty way to travel. Do note that selecting for the Machine Gray or Soul Red Crystal paint adds P16,800 and P22,400, respectively, to the car’s MSRP.
CX-30 2WD Pro: P1,490,000
CX-30 2WD Sport: P1,790,000
CX-30 AWD Sport (Black Leather): P1,990,000
CX-30 AWD Signature (White Leather): P1,990,000
CX-8 2WD Signature: P2,290,000
CX-8 AWD Exclusive: P2,450,000