AT LAST, the long-awaited seven-seater CX-8 is on its way and scheduled to arrive in showrooms in July, priced from $42,490 to $61,490.

The CX-8 will be positioned between the CX-5 and larger CX-9 and have three rows of seats.

The diesel engine is the twin turbo 2.2litre Skyactiv unit that also serves in the CX-5, with 140kW and 450Nm on tap, plus the benefit of diesel fuel efficiency.

There will be three variants, the Sport FWD, Sport AWD and the range topping Asaki AWD.

The Sport AWD will be priced from $46,490.

Standard gear includes Mazda’s comprehensive i-Activsense safety features and the quality, style and comfort expected of the brand.

Vinesh Bhindi, head of Mazda Australia, , said the ‘Brand-New’ Mazda CX-8 Diesel was a compelling offering for buyers looking for a larger SUV.

The missive from Mazda repeatedly referred to the vehicle as the ‘Brand-New Mazda CX-8’ as does its website.

So we wonder if that’s really its registered title, or just a hope that it escapes the sub-editors and makes it into print as ‘The Brand New . . ‘ etc?