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Hi-tech and extravagant

November 13 - 19, 2019

Gulf Weekly Hi-tech and extravagant

Even after last month’s 2019 Tokyo Motor Show motor lovers are still in adoration of Mazda’s new MX-30 electric crossover.

The three-row CX-8 is the company’s flagship people mover for the Japanese market and it boasts tech and more extravagance on the inside such as the Nappa leather captain chairs and the one-touch walk-in switch for second-row bench seats in L Package variants.

There are cup holders and USB ports also available for second-row captain chairs, and some CX-8 models gain USB ports for the third row.

The Japanese automakers added a special coating to dampen the sound of rain that adorns the CX-8’s roof. However, for those that prefer more noise, a power sunroof is offered on select models.

There’s a bit more space in the CX-8’s sub-trunk at the back, and select Proactive models get heated seats for the second row.

Mazda now also offers a new XD Proactive S trim that gets black leather seats for either six- or seven-passenger configuration. The front occupants get heated and ventilated seats, while the second-row passengers have the aforementioned heated seats. A frameless auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a seven-inch screen for the speedometer are also part of the package.

As for the tech, the all-wheel-drive models get an Off-Road Traction Assist system for better performance. Drivers can now choose front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive with any engine option, be it gas or diesel. The CX-8’s centre display has grown from seven to eight inches.

The special edition CX-8  is called the Exclusive Mode and it’s designed to impress those who ride in the second row.

The updated CX-8 will be available in Japan beginning in January 2020.

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