The locally-assembled Mazda CX-8 was just recently launched in Malaysia, and it’s available in four flavours. Kicking off the range is the 2.5G 2WD Mid (RM180k), followed by the 2.5G 2WD Mid Plus (RM186k), 2.5G 2WD High (RM201k), and 2.2D 4WD High (RM218k).

Included in the price list are add-ons such as window tinting (RM2,000), illuminated sill plates (RM400), optional leather seat upholstery for the Mid and Mid Plus variants (RM4,500), as well as a RM3,000 option for premium metallic colours such as Soul Red Crystal, Machine Grey, and Snowflake Pearl White. Also standard is a five-year or 100,000 km manufacturer’s warranty with five-years free maintenance.

Just two powertrain options are available, starting with the 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G petrol engine whici makes 192 hp at 6,000 rpm and 258 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The top variant gets a 2.2 litre SkyActiv-D turbo, making 188 hp at 4,500 rpm and 450 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. Petrol-powered models are strictly front-wheel drive, whereas the diesel is only available with all-wheel drive. A six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission is standard across the line-up.

For equipment, all variants get auto-levelling LED headlights with LED daytime running lights (only the base model gets bulb-type DRLs), LED tail lights, keyless entry, powered tailgate, and 19-inch alloys wrapped with 225/55 profile tyres.

The cabin gets a seven-inch Mazda Connect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, three-zone automatic climate control with rear air vents, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and electronic parking brake. Only the most expensive pair benefits from a 360-degree surround view camera and windshield-projected colour heads-up display.

Safety-wise, there’s the usual three-lettered acronyms, six airbags, and Mazda’s i-ActivSense (level of features depend on variant). Items such as Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC, active cruise control) remain unavailable, though it’s worth noting that the CX-8 was awarded five stars in the ANCAP crash safety test. So, watch the video, and let us know what you think!

GALLERY: 2019 Mazda CX-8 CKD at the Inokom plant in Kulim