Mazda Philippines has unveiled the refreshed CX-8 at the 8th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS). The 2023 Mazda CX-8 comes with upgraded styling inside and out, along with a host of standard advanced driver-assistance tech across the lineup.
From the outside, the 2023 Mazda CX-8 comes with a new mesh grille, new 19-inch alloy wheels that are similar in design to the facelifted CX-5, and slightly larger dual exhausts. The rest of the design carries over unchanged, however, though it’s not necessarily a bad thing as it’s still one of the most stylish in its segment. Keeping in line with the rest of the Mazda lineup, the CX-8 now comes in two new colors: Platinum Quartz and Polymetal Gray.
Inside, the 2023 Mazda CX-8 comes as standard with Deep Red Nappa Leather upholstery, genuine Sen Wood trim, 10-speaker Bose surround sound system, a head-up display, and power-adjustable front seats. New for the 2023 update is wireless charging, wireless Apple CarPlay for the 8-inch Mazda Connect infotainment system, a hands-free powered tailgate, and a 7-inch digital instrument cluster. Splurging for the top trim AWD Exclusive variant swaps the second-row bench seat for a pair of captain’s chairs with a fixed center console.
Under the hood of the new CX-8 is the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder Skyactiv-G gasoline engine that produces 190 hp and 252 Nm of torque. This drives the front or all four wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. New for the refreshed CX-8 is G-Vectoring Control Plus, (GVC+), which is an improved version of Mazda’s GVC torque vectoring by braking tech. GVC+ applies light braking force to the inner wheels not just when going through corners, but also even when changing lanes to make the CX-8 even more stable at high speeds.
Unique to the CX-8 AWD Exclusive is a new Off-Road Traction Assist feature that simulates a rear locking differential when going off-road. The technology works by braking the wheel that is not anymore in contact with the ground and then using the stability control to send power to the wheel that has traction.
Mazda’s i-Activsense suite of advanced driver-assistance tech is also now standard across the entire CX-8 range. This includes Smart City Brake Support – Forward (SCBS-F) and Smart City Brake Support – Rear (SCBC-R), High Beam Control (HBC), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA). Splurging for the CX-8 AWD Exclusive adds the convenience of Smart Brake Support (SBS), which works at speeds higher than SCBS-F (15-145 kph) and Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC), though this does not operate in stop-and-go traffic.
The 2023 Mazda CX-8 is now on sale across all dealers nationwide. As usual, the CX-8 comes with free maintenance for five years, and here are the prices of each available variant:
- CX-8 2WD Signature: P2,330,000
- CX-8 AWD Exclusive: P2,490,000