The family favourite is the Japanese brand’s more compact seven-seat SUV, with slimmer dimensions than the bulkier CX-9.
Mazda initially launched the CX-8 with diesel power only, but it added petrol propulsion to its cheaper front-wheel drive variants early in 2022.
This round of updates brings fresh styling with a revised front grille, front and rear bumpers and head and tail light design.
Mazda has added a 10.25-inch central infotainment display as standard across the range, compatible with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Japanese maker has installed a seven-inch digital driver instrument display and fitted faster charging USB-C ports upfront.
Mazda has also worked on the CX-8’s suspension to improve its handling and make for a more comfortable commute.
Diesel versions now get an off-road mode as standard and front-wheel drive petrol variants gain a Sport mode across the range.
The new features and styling come with a modest price rise of about $1500 across the range.
The cheapest model is the petrol-powered CX-8 Sport priced from $42,060 (before on-road costs) and the range tops out at $71,410 for the fully loaded six-seat Asaki LE.
The 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine makes a handy 140kW and 252Nm and drinks a claimed 8.1L/100km.
Diesel versions use a 2.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit that makes a grunty 140kW/450Nm. Mazda claims it drinks just 6.0L/100km.
Mazda Australia boss, Vinesh Bhindi, says the upgrades would keep the CX-8 at the top of buyers’ shopping lists.
“With this latest update, Mazda CX-8 has taken the game to another level, with both styling and technology that will ensure it’s a hit with Aussie buyers for years to come,” says Mr Bhindi.
The updated CX-8 goes on sale in March.