Words by José Martin M. Revita
Alongside the inauguration of the Mazda Philippines Center of Excellence, Mazda Philippines managed to pull a surprise by launching the much awaited 2020 CX-8 and CX-30 to the local market — adding to the family of Mazda’s CX crossover lineup.
The Mazda CX-8 slots in between the CX-5 and CX-9 in terms of size. The CX-8 is Mazda’s latest addition to its three-row crossover/SUV lineup. But at the same time it differentiates itself from the family-oriented CX-9 by allowing customers to choose from either a 6-seater captain seat configuration or 7-seater standard family oriented configuration with the former being exclusively for the top-of-the-line All-Wheel Drive (AWD) variant and the latter for the Front-Wheel-Drive (FWD).
Regardless of variant, the CX-8 is powered by the familiar the 2.5 SkyActiv-G found in the gasoline AWD trim of the current CX-5 which is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It makes 187 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 186 lb-ft. of torque at 4,000. The CX-8 separates itself from the forced fed big brother CX-9 while still being able to provide the same comfort and efficiency. Mazda vehicles are performance-oriented and the CX-8 does not stray away from this. It is built on the same platform as the CX-9 so it is guaranteed to provide the same riding comfort the CX-9. But since the suspension is tuned differently, the CX-8 has its own unique characteristic.
Here’s the best part! Features-wise, nothing separates the two CX-8 variants because both come with light-sensing adaptive LED headlights and daytime running lights (DRL), 19-inch wheels, power tailgate, and rain-sensing wipers. Same goes for the interior, being all similar to its bigger brother CX-9 its seats are wrapped in Nappa leather with a deep cherry hue standard on all the models, 10-speaker Bose audio system, and Mazda’s MZD Connect 8-inch head unit. Safety wise, both variants come with six SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree camera, blind spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning with lane keep assist.
The following are the prices for the 2020 Mazda CX-8: PhP 2,290,000.00 for the FWD Signature, and PhP 2,450,000.00 for the top-of-the line AWD Exclusive.
Mazda Philippines also unveiled its latest entry into the Subcompact Crossover/SUV. The 2020 CX-30 is totally different from the already existing CX-3 because it is meant to slot in between the CX-3 and CX-5.
The CX-30 is basically a car for those who want the maturity of the CX-5, but at the same time looking for the fun and driving dynamics of a Mazda 3. Using the newly-evolved KODO design language, the CX-30 is a looker! Being sleek with its MX-5-like curves but in a practical-sized package, it sure is going to get attention. The base model is fitted with 16-inch wheels, while the Mid and Top variants both have 18- inch wheels. Specs-wise, LED lighting, rain-sensing wipers are standard across the model but the adaptive headlights, or AHS, as what Mazda calls it is reserved for the Mid and Top trims only. Powered tailgate and the safety provided by All-Wheel Drive (AWD) is exclusive for the top-of-the-line.
With the CX-30 sharing the same heart and soul as the Mazda 3, it is no surprise that the suspension would be the same but on a raised level, powered by the same normally aspirated 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Making 153 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 148 lb-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm.
As for the interior, Mazda made it very modern with a two-tone interior (blue and black for the base, brown and black for the mid and top-of-the-line trims). It also has the familiar Mazda MZD Connect 8-inch head unit though only the top-of-the-line gets a 12-speaker Bose system. Safety-wise, all models get seven SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, stability control, and rear parking camera. With the top-of-the-line, however, you get additional front and rear parking sensors plus a 360-degree camera.
The following are the prices and models for the 2020 Mazda CX-30: FWD Pro is at PhP 1,490,000.00, the mid-trim FWD Sport is at PhP 1,790,000.00, and finally the two top-of-the-line choices AWD Sport at PhP 1,990,000.00 and AWD Signature at PhP 2,005,000.00. The only difference between these two is that the AWD Signature has white almond leather seats.