The engine compartment
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A front view
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Continued from Mazda 'CX-8' SUV Comes With 3 Rows of Seats (1)

The CX-8 SUV is a new SUV that Mazda will release after "setting a stage."

"(In the aim of appealing to minivan owners,) we made improvements to the packaging so that all the passengers including those sitting on the third row of seats can feel comfortable," the engineer said.

The third row of seats, which tends to be narrow in an SUV, was designed so that 170cm-tall adults can spend time without discomfort.

When the number of rows of seats is increased to three, the mass of the vehicle increases, affecting the traveling performance. The heaviest model of the CX-8 can be 1,900kg in weight. It is about 200kg heavier than Mazda's "CX-5" five-seat SUV, whose width is the same as that of the CX-8 (1,840mm).

To comfortably drive the vehicle, whose weight is close to 2t, Mazda made changes to the "Skyactiv-D 2.2" 2.2L diesel engine. While the company has been using the engine since 2012, this time, it has made the largest improvement since the engine was introduced, the engineer said.

This time, the maximum output and maximum torque of the engine were increased by 11kW and 30N·m, respectively, to 140kW and 450N·m. This was achieved mainly by replacing its two-stage turbocharger with a new model. In addition, Mazda employed a technology to spray fine mist of a small amount of fuel at a high pressure in multiple steps.

The CX-8 uses the same platform as the CX-9, and its wheelbase (2,930mm) is the same as that of the CX-9. While the CX-8 also uses the same suspension mechanism as the CX-9, Mazda adjusted damping force for the CX-8. The CX-8 measures 4,900 (L) x 1,840 (W) x 1,730mm (H), and its riding capacity is six or seven people.

The exterior design of the CX-8 has much in common with the CX-5.

"We use the same parts especially for the front parts," Mazda said.

Specifically, the CX-8 and CX-5 use the same front bumper, front door panels, etc.

Original Japanese article