Pricing and specs of new diesel CX-9 companion to be revealed closer to launch

The new 2018 Mazda CX-8 will go on sale in Australia from July 1, slotting below the slightly larger CX-9 in the company's local line-up, the company has confirmed with CarAdvice.

While final pricing and specification details are yet to be confirmed, we do know the CX-8 will offer the 140kW/450Nm 2.2-litre twin-turbo diesel that recently joined the CX-5 range – meaning you can finally get a seven-seat Mazda SUV with a diesel engine.

Compared to the petrol-only CX-9, the CX-8 is 175mm shorter end-to-end and 129mm narrower. Both models ride on the same 2930mm wheelbase – but, while all Mazda's share a common architecture design, the narrower CX-8's underpinnings are more closely related to the CX-5 than the wider CX-9.

Above: Mazda CX-8 vs CX-9 dimensions

Mazda's local division has promised the "latest in safety equipment as standard from the entry grade", along with "high quality interior finishes [that] give the cabin a sense of refinement and elegance".

In its home market of Japan, the CX-8 offers luxury items like nappa leather trim, genuine wood trim inserts, and second-row seat heating.

Dealer documents obtained by CarAdvice in March indicate that the CX-8 should be priced from a little over $48,000 drive-away for buyers in the Melbourne metropolitan area, with two trim levels to be offered locally – Evolve and Akina.

However, these details have not been officially confirmed by the company's local arm.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more Mazda CX-8 updates in the lead-up to the new SUV's July launch.