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Mazda PH launches both CX-30 and CX-8 crossover SUVs

See the engine specs and the prices of the new models

Mazda Philippines has just made your crossover-shopping that much harder. Good luck, fellas. PHOTO FROM MAZDA

In case you’re tired of hearing about new Chinese crossovers, here’s some good news: Mazda Philippines (aka Bermaz Auto Philippines) today officially launched both the CX-30 and the CX-8 in conjunction with the inauguration of the Mazda Center of Excellence training and warehouse facility in Cabuyao, Laguna. While the CX-30 is sourced from Japan just like many of the Mazda distributor’s offerings, the CX-8 is imported from Malaysia.

Launched: The Mazda CX-30 compact crossover SUV. PHOTOS FROM MAZDA

Mazda CX-30. This crossover was unveiled by the Japanese automaker earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show. Size-wise, it slots in between the CX-3 and the CX-5. For the Philippine market, the CX-30 will be equipped with a 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine rated at 153hp and 200Nm, and mated to a six-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmission.

  • CX-30 2.0L AWD Signature (White Leather) – P1,990,000
  • CX-30 2.0L AWD Sport (Black Leather) – P1,990,000
  • CX-30 2.0L 2WD Sport – P1,790,000
  • CX-30 2.0L 2WD Pro – P1,490,000
Launched: The Mazda CX-8 midsize crossover SUV. PHOTOS FROM MAZDA

Mazda CX-8. You will recall that we drove this midsize crossover in the Kulim district of Malaysia in October, marking the occasion of its rollout from Mazda’s assembly plant in the Southeast Asian country. That we’re getting this model just nearly two months after its introduction in Malaysia shows the importance the brand places on our humble market. Here, the CX-8 will be powered by a 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine (187hp and 252Nm) also paired with a six-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmission.

  • CX-8 2.5L 4×4 Exclusive – P2,450,000
  • CX-8 2.5L 4×2 Signature – P2,290,000
Fortunately, the Hiroshima-based brand continues to introduce stylish, quality crossover SUVs. PHOTO FROM MAZDA

Buyers of both crossovers may opt for two special colors for a premium: Soul Red Crystal (+P22,400) and Machine Gray (+P16,800). If you’re interested in either model, you know what to do. Head on over to your nearest Mazda dealership and reserve a unit. These look like hot products. Go get yours.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.