Earlier this month, Mazda introduced a mild update for the CX-5 in Japan, including a new turbocharged engine, a new version of the G-Vectoring Control system and minor trim changes. Now, these revisions have been applied to the CX-8 too, which should give the three-row SUV some added pep.

Much of this pep will come from the turbocharged version of the 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 230 PS at 4,250 rpm and 420 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. It delivers a fuel economy figure of 11.6 km per litre on the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).

The engine is also now available in naturally-aspirated form as well, making 190 PS at 6,000 rpm and 252 Nm at 4,000 rpm; equipped with cylinder deactivation, it does 12.4 km per litre. The 2.2 litre SkyActiv-D turbodiesel remains, as does the six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission.

Another feature lifted from the latest CX-5 is G-Vectoring Control Plus, which now applies light braking force to the outside wheels coming out of a corner, providing extra stability as the driver straightens the steering wheel. This smoothens transitions between roll, yaw and pitch even with high cornering forces, enabling the car to better respond to sudden steering inputs and exit corners more crisply.

As such, the new GVC Plus system is claimed to improve handling in collision avoidance manoeuvres and providing a “reassuring feeling of control” when changing lanes and when driving on snow or other slippery surfaces. It comes as standard on all CX-8s

There’s also added nighttime pedestrian detection for the Advanced Smart City Braking Support (SCBS) system, redesigned climate controls for improved operation and a front armrest that is now 15 mm lower, in order to reduce fatigue while seated in a natural posture. Mazda has also increased the sound insulation in the tailgate and boot floor so that passengers across three rows can talk to each other more easily.

Other changes are more minor and include a 360-degree camera option, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and new finishes for the 17-inch and 19-inch alloy wheel options. Lastly, the range-topping L Package now gets ventilated front seats, a seven-inch TFT LCD instrument display, a frameless rear-view mirror and white LED lighting throughout the cabin for a more consistent look.