Mazda has announced updates to its CX-8 for 2021. The most interesting change is the offer of the Asaki LE models with is a ‘Captain’s Seats’ in the second row.

These individual seats have power adjustment, there’s a central console between them. The console has twin cup holders and USB charging ports, while the luxurious seats themselves offer power adjustment as well as heating and ventilation functions.

Following the successful introduction of the ‘Captain’s Seat’ layout in the Mazda CX-9, the new Asaki LE introduces the luxurious six-seat layout to the CX-8 range for the first time.

Featuring a new, quilted Nappa leather seat upholstery available in Chroma Brown or exclusive-to-Asaki LE Pure White, the new CX-8 Asaki LE sits atop the refreshed model range.

The Mazda CX-8 Asaki LE is powered exclusively by the 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine, i-Activ AWD via a six-speed automatic transmission.

The CX-8 Touring SP’s exterior features unique black metallic-finished 19-inch alloy wheels (up from the standard 17-inch alloy wheels), black grille and exterior mirror caps.

Inside there’s a unique Black Maztex / Black Grand Luxe synthetic suede combination upholstery and red stitching. There’s black interior decoration and side door panels and ten-way power adjustment for the driver’s seat, with two-position memory function.

All Mazda CX-8 models now have a 10.25-inch Mazda Connect widescreen display. The GT model grade and above have smartphone wireless charge.

The GT models and above have a new remote operated and hands-free tailgate. There are also model-specific (GT/Asaki/Asaki LE) 19-inch alloy wheels with 225/55 tyres.

Touring models and above have steering wheel-mounted paddle shift gear.

Black Maztex / Black Grand Luxe synthetic suede is a feature bespoke to the Touring SP range, while GT seat upholstery has been refreshed with a choice of new Burgundy or Black leather.

Asaki features Chroma Brown quilted Nappa leather as standard, while the Asaki LE offers the choice of Chroma Brown or Pure White quilted Nappa leather.

Two new metallic exterior colours, Platinum Quartz Metallic and Polymetal Grey Metallic have been introduced. Other shades are Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Titanium Flash Mica, Jet Black Mica, Deep Crystal Blue Mica, Soul Red Crystal Metallic, and Machine Grey Metallic.

“The Mazda CX-8 has enjoyed strong popularity as the range has evolved over time,” said Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi.

“With this latest update we add some key technology updates as well as two excitingly-specified new models in the Touring SP and Asaki LE, making the CX-8 model range more enticing than ever,” he said.

CX-8 Sport petrol FWD: $39,990
CX-8 Touring petrol FWD: $46,790
CX-8 Sport diesel AWD: $46,990
CX-8 Touring SP petrol FWD: $47,790
CX-8 Touring diesel AWD: $53,790
CX-8 Touring SP diesel AWD: $54,790
CX-8 GT diesel FWD: $59,290
CX-8 Asaki diesel FWD: $62,790
CX-8 GT diesel AWD: $63,290
CX-8 Asaki diesel AWD: $66,790
CX-8 Asaki LE diesel AWD: $69,920
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Mazda dealer for drive-away prices.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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