The cars of 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, it’s time to look back at all the new and refreshed cars that made it to Philippine shores in the past 12 months. Despite the challenging market conditions, everyone had something new to offer.

January 2019

Volvo XC40

After a series of previews in 2018, Volvo’s first-ever small premium SUV, the XC40, arrived. Recipient of the 2018 European Car of the Year and 2018-2019 Japan Car of the Year honors, the XC40 is an SUV that’s “designed around you.”

Underpinned by Volvo’s new Compact Modular Architecture or CMA platform, the XC40 is touted more as a cousin than a sibling to the larger 90 and 60 Series cars because of its own personality, expression, and character. Fitted with an all-wheel drive, the XC40 comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine making 252hp and 350Nm of torque.

Toyota Vios XE

Toyota Vios XE

Responding to the Filipino consumer’s need for a no-frills automatic, Toyota Motor Philippines brings back the “XE” badge, but this time for the Vios. Slotting between the 1.3 J and 1.3 E variants, the Vios 1.3 XE looks rather basic with its 14-inch steel wheels with full covers, black-colored side mirrors and door handles. It continues to have full power amenities as well as connectivity thanks to its touchscreen infotainment system.

Hyundai Veloster N

Available on an indent order basis, Hyundai brings in its first-ever high-performance Hyundai N model: the Veloster N. The Veloster N is visually distinguishable from its Veloster Turbo sibling thanks to a unique front fascia and grille with dedicated air ducts for enhanced brake cooling. Towards the back, it also gets a unique rear spoiler and rear bumper with an integrated diffuser. Oh, and in place of “regular” 1.6-liter T-GDI is a 2.0-liter T-GDI engine making 250hp and 353Nm of torque. Mated to this is a six-speed short-throw manual with carbon-coated synchro rings and gear material reinforcement.

Ford EcoSport 1.5 Titanium

Ford EcoSport 1.5L Titanium

Ford Philippines is expanding the number of EcoSport variants with the introduction of the new 1.5 Titanium. The EcoSport 1.5 Titanium pairs the cutting-edge convenience features of the EcoBoost Titanium variant with the more practical normally-aspirated 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic. The EcoSport 1.5 Titanium has everything that the EcoBoost model has: 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry with push-button start/stop, a sunroof, the SYNC 3 infotainment system, and rear-view camera with parking sensors.

Suzuki Ertiga

Suzuki Philippines launched its opening salvo for 2019—the all-new second-generation Ertiga MPV. Spirits are definitely high at Suzuki where the company comes from a record 2018, where total year sales rose amidst a tough time for the Philippine automotive industry. Moving this year, the company believes they have another best-seller in their hands thanks to their MPV’s bold new look, more spacious interior, and better levels of performance and convenience features.

Suzuki Ertiga

Outside, the Ertiga goes for a more upright front-end that’s meant to project a feeling of strength and boldness, while inside, it emphasizes more space across all three rows.

Underpinned by Suzuki’s new lightweight HEARTECT platform, the 2019 Ertiga boasts of a strong, rigid crash safety structure. It’s powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 103hp and 138Nm. Transmission choices are a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.

BAIC BJ20 Special Edition

The BAIC BJ20 is already one compact crossover that looks like it’s built to go against carmageddon. But this Special Edition makes it look like it’ll survive the zombie apocalypse. The BJ20 Special Edition comes decked in a special matte dark gray paint job with eye-catching orange highlights. The aluminum-finished roof rails are also swapped for a matte-black one and placed there, is a roof basket with four LED top lights. Capping off the changes is a tubular-style side step board. Inside, it gains orange highlights and this is seen on the dashboard, steering wheel, and seats.

Mitsubishi Strada

Mitsubishi Strada

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) officially unveils the New 2019 Strada. Considered as one of the most important models of Mitsubishi Motors the new Strada is built on 40 years of pickup truck heritage. The 2019 Strada is engineered to go beyond toughness by exceeding customers’ expectations.

Under the design concept “Rock Solid” which embodies a strengthened inside and out, the New Strada flaunts the new-generation “Dynamic Shield.” Inside the 2019 Strada is a functional and modernized center panel and console.

The new Strada is powered by 2.4-liter MIVEC Clean Diesel engine with 181hp and 430Nm. The ride is improved with the use of larger rear dampers while braking performance was also improved with the use of larger front discs and caliper pistons.

Kia Soluto

Kia Soluto

Under its new distributor AC Industrials of Ayala Corporation, Kia unboxed the Kia Soluto — a subcompact sedan that’s high on value. The Soluto offers a surprisingly large footprint with a wheelbase stretched to 2,570mm. This makes it roomier, more comfortable, and better handling than all others in the sub-B segment category. It also offers zippy performance thanks to a 1.4-liter Dual CVVT gasoline engine making 95hp and 132Nm. This is mated to either a five-speed MT or four-speed AT.

Hyundai Reina

Hyundai Reina

Less than 12 hours after Kia Philippines unveiled the Soluto, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., fired back and introduced the Reina. Sharing the very same mechanicals, the Hyundai Reina is underpinned by a platform related to the previous-generation Accent. Both models are also identical in terms of dimensions with the sole exception of the Reina being 5mm wider.

Under the hood, the Reina is powered by a 1.4-liter MPI engine with Dual-CVVT technology. It has 95hp and 132Nm — the same exact power figures as its Kia cousin. It also comes available in a choice between a five-speed MT and a four-speed AT.

February 2019

Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV 4

Toyota Motor Philippines launches the all-new 2019 RAV4 — the boldest iteration of Toyota’s iconic compact crossover. Built on the Toyota New Global Architecture or TNGA platform, the fifth-generation RAV4 has a stiffer shell and a lower center of gravity giving it surefooted driving be it in the city or the countryside.

The RAV4 is powered by Toyota’s next-generation 2.5-liter Dynamic Force engine. The A25A-FKS has Dual VVT-i with VVT-iE — Toyota’s latest variable timing intelligent system that uses an electric actuator. The 203hp/243Nm engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic with Direct Shift technology. This new multi-plate lock-up clutch provides a smoother response, better performance, and improved fuel economy.

Inside, the 2019 model has user-friendly features and technology such as a seven-inch multi-information display, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat with memory, leather seats, a panoramic moon roof, Qi wireless charger, and an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Toyota Hiace

Toyota Hiace

The first-ever global launch happened in the country as Toyota Motor Philippines unveiled the all-new 2020 Hiace. As the world’s largest market for Toyota’s full-sized MPV outside of Japan, sales started here first before the rest of the world.

The all-new Hiace drops its one-box look for a semi-bonnet design. With the engine pushed ahead of the driver area, it frees up more cabin space. It also has a wider front glass, auxiliary mirrors, and a lower belt line for better visibility. This has also improved comfort and ergonomics for the front passengers. For easier ingress and egress, it has wider step board, and assist grip handles. Seating capacity ranges from 12 to 15 people depending on the variant.

Powering the all-new Hiace is a 1GD-FTV 2.8-liter engine with outputs ranging from 163 to 176hp and 420 or 450Nm of torque. Transmission is a choice between a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. The new Hiace is available in two body configurations: a normal wheelbase with standard roof and a long wheelbase model with a high roof design. Underneath, it has extended rear leaf springs with 30mm more rebound for improved comfort.

March 2019

Suzuki Jimny

Suzuki Jimny

After a lengthy tease, Suzuki Philippines is now officially unveiling the all-new, fourth-generation Jimny. Continuing its nameplate’s world-renowned attribute of having a simple yet rugged design, this all-new small SUV is destined not just to conquer city streets, but any trail or jungle as well.

The 2019 Jimny combines both form and functionality into a strong aesthetic that’s proven to be a global design hit. For example, the 2019 World Car Design of the Year finalist has square wheel arches to allow for easier tire changes, molded black bumpers and wheel arch extension to help block rocks from scratching the painted body panels, and the iconic road headlights have been separated to allow independent replacement.

In terms of performance, the 2019 Jimny comes with one engine: the 1.5-liter K15B engine which delivers more power and torque than the previous Jimny. This is attached to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. Those opting for the three-pedal set-up with enjoy a lighter flywheel for better engine response and improved NVH.

Suzuki Ertiga Black Edition

Filipino families rejoice, Suzuki Philippines has heard your call and they’re making the 2019 Ertiga available in a new, easy-to-clean interior. The Ertiga Black Edition is identical to other Ertiga variants except it trades the two-tone black-and-beige color scheme for an all-black one.


SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp., the official importer and distributor of BMW in the Philippines, continues the success story of the BMW X5 as it makes the newest generation available to the local market.

Available only in the xLine variant, the 2019 X5 features an enlarged one-piece BMW kidney grille, finished in satin aluminum and complemented by the distinctive dual LED headlights. The same finish on the grille is also found on the underguard, roof fails, and side window surrounds as well. The powerful shoulders remain, but it’s been given more precision here. At each corner are 20-inch light alloy wheels with a V-spoke design.

Inside, the all-new BMW X5 features a cleanly structured cabin that gives off a feeling of space. The seating position has been raised while the new-design instrument cluster, Control Display, and cutting-edge control concept optimize the driver’s ability to maintain control at all times.

The sole variant on offer is the X5 xDrive30d xLine and with that, under the hood is a 265hp/620Nm inline-6 engine that sprints to 100 km/h in just 6.5 seconds. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic while power is distributed to all four wheels using the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system.

Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler

Celebrating its 15th anniversary as the exclusive Philippine distributor of Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and RAM vehicles in the country, Auto Nation Group brings the much-awaited 2019 Wrangler — the most capable SUV and the undisputed icon of American freedom.

Enhanced and digitized, the all-new Wrangler JL model continues to boast solid axles on both ends for unparalleled off-roading capability, while the suspension has been tweaked and engineered to make it much more adept as a daily driver. At four corners are 245/75R17 all-terrain tires fitted on black steel style wheels.

Powering the Wrangler is a choice between two state-of-the-art powerplants. Initially, Auto Nation Group is bringing in the new 2.0-liter direct injection four-cylinder engine generating 268hp and 400Nm. To follow is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 which makes 285hp and 352Nm. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic.

Inside, the 2019 Wrangler combines heritage-inspired design cues with state-of-the-art convenience and infotainment features. At the heart is the third-generation Uconnect system with a 5-inch screen display. Alongside it is an instrument cluster with a 3.5-inch customizable display.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Rolls-Royce Cullinan

The Cullinan, dubbed the “Most Luxurious SUV in the World,” will enable Rolls-Royce to tap a new breed of customer: those who demand the ultimate in luxury while traversing the most challenging terrain.

It possesses a bold, functional, and dynamic design language that combines traditional Rolls-Royce design cues with something more adventurous. Upfront, there is the Pantheon grille and deep-set laser headlights. Towards the side, the high-bodied SUV (maximum height is 1,836 millimeters) is cut and accentuated by 22-inch wheels.

Available features include a panoramic glass roof, a studio-grade 18-channel, 18-speaker Bespoke audio system, a touchscreen operated infotainment system, and of course, the signature picnic tables.

Underneath the Cullinan is the Rolls-Royce’s unique all-aluminum architecture called the ‘Architecture of Luxury,” delivering extraordinary body stiffness for exceptional ‘best-in-class’ performance on rough terrain, while maintaining the ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ that Rolls-Royce is famous for.

Add the latest generation of self-leveling four-corner air suspension, sophisticated all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering systems, a complete reworking of the new 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 Rolls-Royce engine (850Nm of torque at only 1,600 rpm) and the world’s smoothest eight speed transmission, and you have the world’s pinnacle luxury SUV.

Nissan Navara N-Warrior

Nissan Navara N-Warrior

Building from its success as one of the country’s bestselling pickups, the Navara N-Warrior Edition brings stylish aesthetics upgrades to the Navara. Based off either the 4×4 VL or the 4×2 EL Calibre variants, the Navara N-Warrior Edition is differentiated by its orange exterior highlights found in places like the front fog lamp surrounds and side step boards. This is complemented by the high-gloss black front bumper overrider, overfenders, headlamp and taillight surrounds, side mirrors, door handles, and 18-inch alloy wheels with 255/60 R 18 tires. The exterior changes are completed by the sport roll bar, drop-in bed liner, and additional body decals.

April 2019

Jeep Compass and Cherokee

Jeep Compass

Marking its return to the Philippine market after three years, the Cherokee returns to the Philippine market. For 2019, it gains a new look that aligns it to the premium side of the Jeep family. It gets a refreshed face incorporating a new lightweight aluminum hood, and new LED headlights. At the back, it gets a new lightweight composite tailgate with an integrated light bar with release handle.

Powering the 2019 Cherokee is the 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark four-cylinder engine making 180hp. For 2019, it incorporates changes that reduces NVH while boosting fuel efficiency by up to 7.5 percent. Mated to it is an upgraded TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic.

Meanwhile, the Compass is what Jeep calls its “Global Compact SUV,” underpinned by FCA’s small wide 4×4 architecture. To that end, it combines a fuel-efficient powertrain with authentic Jeep design and superior off-road dynamics.

The exterior design is expressive and emotional with a wide stance and exceptional glass-to-wheel proportions. The all-new compact SUV is immediately recognizable as a Jeep with its distinctive traditional Jeep seven-slot grille.

Inside, the all-new Jeep Compass showcases a premium interior design highlighted by sculptural surface elements and precise technical detail. From the driver’s cockpit and center console to the seats and multiple storage solutions throughout the cabin, the interior is thoughtfully designed with characteristic Jeep design cues and accented with a color and finish that complements a lifestyle of adventure.

Subaru XV GT Edition

Subaru XV GT

Motor Image Pilipinas, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in the Philippines shows off a sportier variant its Subaru XV crossover dubbed the Subaru XV GT Edition. The special edition of the highly popular crossover vehicle is a ground-breaking collaboration with renowned engineering company Giken Co. Ltd and Masahiko “Jack” Kobayashi. Kobayashi-san is former chief designer (head of Global Advanced Design Studio) at Subaru Corporation and was responsible for the exterior design of more than 12 Subaru production models, including the legendary WRX STI.

This special edition XV is based on the XV 2.0i-S EyeSight and adds a well-made and integrated aero kit elements such as a front bumper lip extension with integrated canards, side skirts, roof spoiler, and rear bumper extension. All in all, it gives the XV an even sleeker and sportier look. Complementing the new kit is a set of 18-inch alloy wheels, special carpets and even leather seats, inspired by the high-performance grand tourers from Germany and Britain.

Kia Stinger GT

Kia Stinger

Ushering a new era for Kia, the Stinger sports fastback is the culmination of the carmaker’s years-long journey fueled by a bold and adventurous spirit. As the highest-performance production vehicle in Kia’s history, the Stinger is not just a halo car for them; it’s their dream car. It is, without a doubt the sportiest Kia ever.

As Kia’s first rear-wheel drive vehicle, engineers pulled out all the stops in creating the Stinger to be their ultimate driver’s car. It gets chassis made of 55 percent advanced high-strength steel. The ultra-stiff foundation gets front MacPherson Struts and rear multi-links tweaked by former BMW engineer Albert Biermann.

Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine with 370 horsepower and 510 Nm of torque. This means that the century mark arrives in a scant 4.9 seconds while top speed is pegged at 270 km/h. Mated to the engine is Kia’s second-generation eight-speed automatic that uses a Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber (CPA) torque converter to reduce vibration through the drivetrain.

Kia Forte GT

Kia Forte

All eyes may have been on the Stinger, but Kia Philippines sprung a surprise unboxing with the Forte GT. With the price of the Stinger pegged north of three million pesos, the Forte GT is perhaps the more attainable sedan for Filipinos seeking performance.

To that end, the Kia gods gifted the Forte a 1.6-liter turbocharged direct injection engine pushing out 204hp and 264Nm — outputs eclipsing the likes of the Civic RS Turbo. The Forte swaps gears via a dual-clutch system with seven forward gears. It also swaps out the torsion beam axle rear end for an independent suspension setup, and at all four corners are 17-inch alloy wheels with performance tires.

With Kia Philippines continuing to sell the “regular” Forte, the Forte GT is distinguishable by its sportier, more angular bumper and various red highlights scattered around the car. It also gets a flat-bottomed steering wheel, larger bolstered seats, and of course, like all new models from Kia Philippines, an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Hyundai Palisade

Hyundai Palisade

Evoking imagery worthy of being called a flagship, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., brings in the Palisade—its newest three-row SUV that combines exceptional roominess with a bold, distinctive design and premium interior feel and amenities.

The Palisade’s styling conveys dignity with style in an understated theme that demonstrates clear differentiation worthy of a flagship SUV. Inside, the interior design combines a sense of relaxation and comfort creating a serene environment with seven-passenger seating standard for family adventures. It offers premium quilted Nappa leather, while a smooth woodgrain trim wraps around the instrument panel.

For the Philippines, Hyundai installed the R2.2 turbo diesel engine. In this guise, it has 200hp and 442Nm of torque. It also features a shift-by-tire eight-speed automatic, and probably to differentiate it from the Santa Fe, Electronic All-Wheel Drive (HTRAC) with Multi-terrain Control.

Chevrolet Camaro

Chevy Camaro

The launch of the Chevrolet Camaro marks the return of the iconic sportscar in the Philippines. First introduced in the country in 2010, the Camaro shows off its aggressive new looks combined with renowned performance and enhanced technology.

The latest Camaro RS offering from Chevrolet Philippines is powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC VVT direct injection turbo engine that delivers 275hp and 398Nm. Coupled with an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, the Camaro inspires a responsive and efficient everyday drive on the freeway. It is also fitted with high performance Brembo brakes featuring four-piston calipers, promising track enthusiasts with serious stopping power while maintaining street drivability.

The Camaro was designed to be an iconic masterpiece. With its sculpted hood, boldly reimagined grilles, piercing LED headlamps, heritage-inspired taillamps, and muscular flanks, the high-performance vehicle is guaranteed to make an unmistakable impression on the road.

Chevrolet Trailblazer Phoenix

Chevrolet Trailblazer Phoenix

Chevrolet’s mid-sized seven-seater SUV dons some aftermarket bits and rises as the Trailblazer Phoenix. The Trailblazer Phoenix gains a front hood decal, side strip decals, a rear bumper scuff plate and lots of matte black stuff. Yup, you’ll find the material everywhere from the fender flares, pillars, rear spoiler, tailgate applique, and even the Chevrolet bowtie emblems. Inside, it gets a leather steering wheel with infotainment controls and like other Trailblazer models, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Less than a month after Auto Nation Group launched the new-generation Jeep Wrangler JL, it’s now joined by the “ultimate” Rubicon variant. The most capable Wrangler variant, the 2019 Wrangler JL comes standard with the Rock-Trac 4×4 system with a “4LO” ratio of 4:1 and Tru-Lok locking differentials. At four corners, it has LT255/75R17C all-terrain tires while underneath it has various skid plates. Considered as the most capable Wrangler ever, the Wrangler Rubicon comes with two engine variants. The base model comes with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 making 286hp and 353Nm, while opting for the boosted 2.0-liter, it makes 286hp and more impressively, 400Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic.

Nissan Almera N Sport Edition

Nissan Almera N Sport Edition

If you wished the Nissan Almera could have a sportier style, you’re in luck. The Almera is the third model to benefit from Nissan Philippines’s locally done “N” brand. After the Juke N-Sport and Navara N-Warrior, here comes the 2019 Nissan Almera N-Sport. The Almera N-Sport arrives to the scene with new bumpers, a wrap-around body kit, and special design 15-inch alloy wheels. All in all, it reduces the jellybean styling while also adding a bit more sportiness to Nissan’s sub-compact sedan. Inside, it remains largely unchanged, but it now benefits from a new 6.75-inch Blaupunkt infotainment system with Phonelink Connectivity.

Volvo S90 T8 Twin Engine

Volvo S90 T8 Twin Engine

Volvo Cars Philippines has taken a significant step by aligning itself with Volvo Cars’ global electrification goals by announcing the availability of a plug-in hybrid variant on its flagship S90 sedan. The Volvo S90 T8 Twin Engine combines a supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an electric motor. The internal combustion engine alone already generates 303hp and 400Nm of torque, but supplementing its performance is a 65kW electric motor that boosts total outputs to 386hp and 64 Nm of torque. Power is routed through an eight-speed automatic driving all four wheels.

Honda Civic

Honda Civic 1.8 S

Honda Cars Philippines finally introduces the refreshed Civic for the local market. For 2019, Honda’s compact sedan offering gets a new exterior styling and added convenience features to further satisfy customers needs for a sporty yet functional passenger car. This year, the 2019 Civic gets new exterior styling cues such as the newly designed front bumper, new full LED headlights with integrated DRLs, and larger Belrina Black 18-inch wheels for the RS Turbo and Shark Gray 16-inch wheels for the 1.8 E. Inside, the 2019 Civic offers an updated seven-inch touch screen advanced Display Audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This year, it gets new hard buttons and a rotary volume knob for easier access and usability.

Honda Brio

Honda Brio

A response to customers who aspire to own and experience Honda’s signature sporty and practical characteristics in an affordable package, the all-new Brio has arrived.

Now on its 2nd generation, the 2019 Brio was developed based on the grand concept “Proud Over Class.” The grand concept stemmed from the intention to improve aspects of the vehicle that its users need. With this, it was developed to be one class above its segment with significant improvements specifically with its dimensions.

Given its compact exterior dimensions, the 2019 Brio now gets an additional 60mm of extended wheelbase and 90mm of extended cargo area as compared to its predecessor. This allows it to have a larger interior space that can accommodate a bigger rear seat for a spacious rear passenger cabin and bigger trunk space that can easily accommodate large items while maintaining a compact body size for easier maneuverability.

Powering the all-new Brio is a new 1.2 Liter four-cylinder SOHC i-VTEC engine that produces 90hp and 110Nm. This is mated to a CVT based on Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology.

Piaggio Porter 1000

Piaggio Porter

Piaggio widens its portfolio of cargo solutions made especially for urban confines with its first-ever four-wheeled offering: the Porter 1000. This 1.0-liter truck has a two-cylinder 27hp/60Nm engine enabling it to carry up to a metric ton in payload while still delivering 20 km/L in the city. Euro 4 compliant, it has a top speed of 70 km/h meaning it can go through expressways. Measuring just 3,675mm in length and 1,460mm in width, it can swallow 1,542 liters of cargo space while its 185mm ground clearance means it can handle most terrains with ease. The Porter 1000 is Piaggio’s way of offering buyers a solution to carrying larger loads while avoiding the cost of owning a full-scale truck.

May 2019

Lexus RC F

Lexus RC F

Fresh from its worldwide debut at the North American International Auto Show last January, Lexus Philippines announces the availability of the RC F sports coupe. Boasting revised styling and improved performance, the RC F could be the best bang for the buck high-performance premium coupe.

Lexus engineers worked on reducing the 2020 RC F’s curb weight without compromising the refinement and solidity. More rigid engine mounts were also used to better transmit the power of the normally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 with 471hp and 530Nm of torque delivered through an eight-speed automatic.

Toyota Avanza

Toyota Avanza

Toyota refreshes its small MPV, the Avanza. For 2019, all variants get LED headlights (except for the 1.3 J). The rear taillights have also been redesigned with a chrome splitting the lamps, echoing the headlight design. Inside, the Avanza gets new fabrics for its seats, a redesigned instrument cluster, a new audio head unit (steering wheel controls only for the 1.5-liter models), and a digital-type AC display. For 1.3-liter variants, it gets a 96hp/120Nm engine while 1.5-liter variants have a 104hp/136Nm engine.

Isuzu D-MAX Boondock Edition

Isuzu D-Max Boondock Edition

With a higher ride height of 247 millimeters and a 1,900-millimeter overall height, the D-MAX Boondock Edition gains a muscular, off-road ready look sought by pickup buyers.

Based on the D-MAX 3.0L LS, the D-MAX Boondock Edition is fitted with 265/70R17 all-terrain tires with black alloy rims. The height increase is due to new monotube nitrogen-charged performance shock absorbers which ensures instantaneous response to changing road conditions and offers faster damping reaction. As a result, the D-MAX Boondock Edition should have improved steering control.

Visually differentiating the D-MAX Boondock Edition, it has steel side steps with a honeycomb design with the Boondock logo. It also comes equipped with a roof rail, cargo extender, rocker panel, over fender, and a massive “Boondock” decal on the tailgate.

Under the hood, the D-MAX Boondock Edition packs a Euro-4 emission rated 4JJ1-TCX 4-Cylinder with 177hp and 380Nm of torque. That said, this beefed-up version is only available as a 4×2 variant.

Nissan Juke NISMO Edition

Nissan Juke NISMO

Nissan Philippines is giving its Juke subcompact crossover a dose of sportiness with the availability of the 2019 Juke NISMO Edition. Already a design standout, the Juke NISMO Edition comes equipped with both exterior and interior enhancements that carry Nissan’s legendary motorsports heritage. These genuine and authentic NISMO materials, coming straight from Japan brings that race day feeling to any everyday drive. Mechanically, the 2019 Juke NISMO Edition remains unchanged and for that, it continues with the 1.6-liter HR16DE engine making 116hp and 154Nm.

June 2019

Maxus V80, G10

Maxus V80 and G10

Ayala’s AC Industrials adds a new automotive brand to its portfolio: Maxus, the commercial vehicle brand with British origins. Initially, they are bringing in the G10 family MPV and the V80 van.

As the sixth brand under the AC Industrials’ wing which includes Honda, Isuzu, Volkswagen, Kia, and KTM, Maxus is the commercial vehicle brand of SAIC Motor — the world’s tenth largest automotive company. The logo, a combination of three triangles represent the brand’s pillars of technology, confidence, and progress.

The Maxus V80 van comes in three versions. All V80 models come with a 2.5-liter CRDi engine and a 6-speed manual. All have dual airbags and ABS with EBD. The high-trim Comfort level adds an electric step board for easy ingress and rear parking sensors.

The Maxus G10 represents the flagship model. With a modern and clean look, the G10 is designed for sophisticated, yet practical Filipino families who value both comfort and style. Outside, it has dual sliding doors, 16-inch alloy wheels, and front and rear foglamps as standard.

Inside, G10 boasts of six Captain’s Seats (nine-seater capacity in total) as well as a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a rear 220-volt power supply. And with a Double Layer Welding Technology, ABS with EBD, and front and rear parking sensors with reverse camera, it makes for one safe family ride.

Powering the G10 is a Peugeot-sourced 1.9-liter CRDi engine making 150hp and 350Nm mated to a 6-speed automatic. It gets front and rear disc brakes as well as a comfort-oriented suspension with front MacPherson Struts and rear five-link coil springs.

Mitsubishi Montero Sport Black Edition

Mitsubishi Montero Sport Black Series

For SUV owners who want a bit more style, Mitsubishi Motor Philippines is offering the Montero Sport Black Series which sees exterior and interior enhancements. Based on the GLS 2WD A/T, the Montero Sport Black Series is immediately recognizable thanks to its numerous black exterior touches. Ditching various chrome elements, it gets a black front grille, black front and rear under garnish, black roof rails, and black 18-inch alloys. The changes are capped off with LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, a new hood emblem that spells out “Montero Sport,”and a black roof for the White Pearl color. Inside, it receives an interior emblem that spells out “Montero Sport” and an illuminated scuff plate.


An updated interpretation of the classic roadster concept, the BMW Z4 continues with its low-slung, sporty, and compact appearance. Wrapped around a new design language with fewer lines and a clean-cut surface design, it’s actually longer, wider, and taller than its predecessor while also sporting a shorter wheelbase.

The Z4 sDrive20i is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 197hp and 320Nm, while the Z4 M40i comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 making 340hp and 500Nm. All models come with an eight-speed automatic.

BMW 3 Series

Amidst the rising popularity of luxury crossovers and SUVs in the market, BMW is ready to rise to the challenge by introducing the latest generation of its sports sedan: the 2020 3 Series.

The latest generation 3 Series showcases BMW’s newest design language with precisely drawn lines and contoured surfaces. Available solely in the 330i trim, the all-new 3 Series features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine equipped with BMW’s TwinPower Turbo system. This pushes the output to 258hp and 400Nm.

Range Rover Evoque

Range Rover Evoque

Coventry Motors Corporation, the sole authorized local importer/distributor of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, launches the all-new Range Rover Evoque. Based off on the Velar platform, the all-new 2020 Evoque is created with Land Rover’s new Premium Transverse Architecture making it wider and longer than its predecessor. The new platform also accommodates components for both plug-in and mild hybrid systems.

Powering the 2020 Range Rover Evoque is a choice between a 2.0-liter gasoline or 2.0-liter diesel engine. The diesel variant produces 180hp and 430Nm coupled with a nine-speed automatic. Meanwhile, the 2.0-liter petrol makes 250hp and 365Nm, while the Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) evens it out to 300hp and 400Nm, thanks to a 48-volt electric motor.

Building on Land Rover’s instantly-recognizable look, the Range Rover Evoque dons a sportier silhouette, defined by the fast roofline and rising waist. It’s further amplified by the pronounced shoulders and wheel arches that’s filled with 20-inch wheels.

Ford Ranger XLS Sport

Ford Ranger XLS Sport

Ford Philippines is expanding its Ranger lineup in the Philippines with the launch of the new Ranger XLS Sport. The Ranger XLS Sport has upgraded 17-inch alloy wheels and sports a glossy black painted rear bumper and front grille. Its sides have been fitted with step boards for ease of entry. It is powered by the proven 2.2L TDCi engine which generates 160hp and 385Nm. It is accompanied by a six-speed manual transmission for a smooth and more enjoyable drive across diverse road conditions.

Changan Honor S, Star Truck

Changan Honor S

One of the leading Chinese automotive brands, Changan re-enters the country under Berjaya Auto Asia, Inc. China’s fourth largest automotive player, Changan is a 157-year old company with over 60 years of experience in the commercial vehicle and 35 years of experience in passenger vehicle production. Today, they are building vehicles on their own or in partnership with some of the world’s largest global car brands.

Locally, Changan will be retailed under the Auto Asia dealer concept where it will share retail space with Korea’s SUV specialist, SsangYong. Initially, there will be two products on offer: the Honor S seven-seater MPV and Star Truck small truck. Both vehicles are targeted at clients looking for a ride for the family or for their small to medium scale business that won’t break the bank.

SsangYong Rexton, Musso Grand

Ssangyong Musso Grand and Rexton

On its third year under its new distributor, SsangYong Berjaya Motor Philippines, the Korean SUV specialist brings in to new vehicle offerings that will enable it to gain a larger foothold of the Philippine automotive market: the seven-seater mid-sized Rexton SUV and the Musso Grand pickup truck.

The fiercely fought seven-seater mid-sized SUV segment finds a strong new entry in the Rexton. Designed first as an SUV (unlike its competitors which are all pickup truck-based), it has the longest wheelbase (2,855mm) and widest body (1,950mm) in its class making for an extremely roomy cabin and plush ride. Powered by a 2.2-liter diesel motor, the Rexton puts out 181hp and 420Nm mated to a seven-speed automatic. It’s also available as a 4×2 or 4×4 variant.

Meanwhile, the Musso Grand is SsangYong’s answer for buyers who want their pickup truck to do more. Completing the Musso range, the Musso Grand gains 310mm of extra length, making it the longest one-ton pickup truck in the market today (5,405mm). The extra length is all concentrated at the bed where it can it can accommodate 1,434 liters of cargo.

The Musso’s coil spring rear suspension is replaced with traditional leaf springs on the Musso Grand. This pushes up the payload capacity to 1,025 kgs from the Musso’s 850 kgs. And with this move, SsangYong is the first manufacturer in the country to offer two rear suspension setups depending on the pickup truck the buyer will choose.

Like the short wheelbase Musso, the Musso Grand is powered by the 2.2-liter e-XDI engine making 181hp and 420Nm. This engine can be mated to a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic as well as 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrains.

Honda BR-V

Honda BR-V

The first subcompact seven-seater SUV in the country gets a timely update this year enhancing its styling and adding features to keep it ahead of the competition.

For 2019, Honda focused on enhancing the BR-V’s SUV image and with that, it gets a new chrome front grille paired with a new front bumper. Maintaining its halogen headlights and front fog lights for all variants, the top-of-the-line 1.5 V CVT gets LED daytime running lights. The stronger presence is also echoed at the back with the new rear bumper. All variants get standard roof rails as well and re-designed 16-inch alloy wheels. Aside from the DRLs, the 1.5 V CVT also gets power folding side mirrors with integrated side turn signals, a shark fin antenna, and a rear bumper garnish.

Inside, the BR-V replaces the previous aluminum look interior highlights with Dark Steel ones. The base 1.5 S CVT gets a seven-inch Capacitive Touchscreen Audio Display while the 1.5 V CVT is now equipped with an upgraded version which integrates both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (the first in its class to do so). Additionally, the 1.5 V CVT adds leather seats with red accents. Red accents are also found on the door panel arm rest, steering wheel, and shift knob. The 1.5 V CVT also gets a smart entry with push-start system and paddle shifters as standard equipment.

July 2019


Mazda 6

The Mazda6 has earned its reputation as the enthusiast’s choice in the executive car segment. Today, it has cemented that by not only offering a choice between two body styles — a sedan and a wagon, but a choice between a torquey diesel and for the first time ever, a powerful turbocharged gasoline engine.

Joining the 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D variant, the 2019 Mazda6 sedan is now available with a turbocharged 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine. With Dynamic Pressure Turbo technology, it produces 231hp and 420Nm using regular unleaded fuel. Mated to a six-speed automatic powering the front wheels, it drops the Mazda6’s 0-100 km/h to 7.6 seconds — 0.2 seconds faster than its diesel sibling.

Joining the Mazda6 sedan line-up is the updated Mazda6 Sports Wagon. Receiving the Evolved Kodo Design, this long roof variant features similar exterior and interior appointments as the sedan.

Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition

Mazda MX-5 30th anniversary

After a lengthy pre-selling that started in February, the limited-edition Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition has finally arrived in the Philippines. And as a pleasant surprise, Bermaz Auto Philippines announced that they have managed to increase their allocation from 20 to 30 units. This means that one percent of the total 3,000-unit global production run is in the Philippines.

Celebrating 30 years of two-seat, open-top motoring, the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition comes in the RF or Retractable Fastback body style finished in an exclusive Racing Orange color. It also has a unique set of commemorative fixtures (including a numbered badge) making it a future collector’s car in the years to come.

Inspired by the Miata Club Racer Concept from 1989, the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition RF’s striking Racing Orange hue is found in the front Brembo brakes and rear factory calipers, as well as on the Recaro sport seats, door panels, and dashboard accents.

The 17-inch lightweight forged aluminum Ray wheels, engraved to commemorate the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition, explores the MX-5’s full handling potential together with the Bilstein dampers (for the MT model).

Toyota GR Supra


Toyota Motor Philippines brings in the iconic GR Supra — the first time the legendary sportscar has been made officially available. The sole Philippine variant of the GR Supra is powered by a 3.0-liter single-turbo inline-6 with twin-scroll technology. It makes a healthy 335hp and 500Nm driving the rear wheels mated to an eight-speed automatic. With a 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution, adaptive variable suspension, and limited slip differential, it promises to be one of the best handling sportscars around.

It comes with 19-inch forged alloy wheels with special Michelin tires. The front measures 255/35R19 and the rears are 275/35R19. Peeking through these tasty wheels are four-piston front ventilated and single-piston rear ventilated disc brakes.

The design philosophy behind the all-new Supra is “Condensed Extreme” and with that, Toyota made it as low and as wide as possible. Inside, there’s a 8.8-inch TFT LCD gauge cluster, heads-up display, and a 12-speaker JBL surround sound system.

Foton Gratour MiniVan

Foton Gratour

Since its introduction in the Philippine market in 2015, the Foton Gratour MiniVan has been a choice of first-time car buyers who wanted something that scores high in functionality, while still being light on the pocket. This year, Foton Philippines is adding more power and features to the Gratour MiniVan making it better equipped to handle business, pleasure, and whatever else life throws at it.

From a 1.2-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, the 2019 Foton Gratour MiniVan ups that to a 1.5-liter four-cylinder motor. The DAM 15 DR engine produces 114hp and 150Nm. Mated to a five-speed manual driving the front wheels, it produces a more comfortable, capable drive. Even better, a new electric power steering system reduces parasitic power loss and improves overall stability. Along with the added power, the 2019 Gratour MiniVan also comes with added safety thanks to standard ABS with EBD.

The Gratour MiniVan’s practical nature continues with its dual sliding doors for easy ingress. Inside, it has a standard 8-seater seating capacity (2+3+3 seating). And despite a carryover wheelbase (2,710mm), larger body dimensions mean more room. Furthermore, it has improved flexibility with its foldable third row.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

The all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class arrives, offering practicality, versatility, and safety while still offering a sportier identity first shown in the A-Class in 2018. With an exciting and progressive new design, the new B-Class has redefined its relaxed and practical look with a sportier profile without sacrificing space or versatility. Traditionally, the B-Class is the ideal family car because of its emphasis on space, comfort, and safety yet sporting a compact vehicle profile thereby revolutionizing interior design while retaining cargo space.

The new B-Class offers increased interior dimensions from its predecessor, offering more headroom, elbowroom in both the front and the rear. It also has a through-loading capability for longer luggage thanks to its 40/20/40 lay-fold rear seats. The seats themselves are now more elevated improving all-around visibility in the process. From its debut on the new A-Class, the state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) is also found in the all-new B-Class.



Fusing agility and versatility with presence, exclusivity, and spaciousness, the first-ever BMW X7 has arrived in the country. The front-end is dominated by an exceptionally large BMW kidney grille. With BMW Laserlight headlight technology, it throws its headlights up to a distance of 600 meters (high-beam). The headlights also feature blue x-shaped elements, while at the side its stance emphasizes its high ground clearance and long roofline. At the back, it has horizontal LED headlights and a two-section split-tailgate.

The roominess and versatility of the interior are underlined by the standard inclusion of three rows of seats (offering space for seven people in total) in the new BMW X7.

The sole engine available at is a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-6 diesel with an output of 265hp and 620Nm of torque. An eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission is standard, while the task of transferring their power onto either asphalt or loose terrain falls to the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system.

August 2019

Nissan Navara Black Edition

Nissan Navara Black Edition

As its name suggests, the Navara Black Edition ditches all of the chrome exterior accents for high-gloss black ones — everything from the V-motion grille, door handles, fog lamp surrounds, rear bumper, and window moldings have been painted to match Batman’s suit. They’ve also given it smoked LED projector headlights with LED daytime running lights.

Inside, the Navara Black Edition gets an eight-way power driver’s seat, leather and sport fabric combination seats (with orange stitching, naturally). And, just like the standard EL and VL variants, it gets Nissan’s Around View Monitor that gives a bird’s eye view around the vehicle when parking.


Mazda3 Sportback

Less than six months after its global unveil at the LA Auto Show, Bermaz Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles in the country, presented the all-new 2019 Mazda3. Marking a new era for the Japanese automaker, the all-new Mazda3 is the embodiment of Mazda’s upmarket push.

The first vehicle to show off Mazda’s new styling direction, the 2019 Mazda3 pushes the design of its four-door sedan and five-door hatchback (coincidentally making its ASEAN debut) to two different directions with the former being more mature and the latter, sportier. Regardless, designers opted to trim unnecessary elements, focusing instead on the interplay of light and shadow—a hallmark of the Evolved KODO Design.

Inside, the new Mazda3 continues with the same less-is-more approach. The cabin is laid out in perfect horizontal symmetry with the driver at the center. In addition, elements like the air vents have been cleverly integrated to the follow the line of the instrument panel. Aiming to be a standard bearer in the compact class in terms of fit and finish, the Mazda3 employs clever new material pieces including a laser-engraved material on the shifter panel.

Underpinning the 2019 Mazda is the new Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture. Not only does this afford a more polished driving experience, it also provides a more refined ride and dramatically reduced levels of NVH. Tire choices remain 205/60R16 and 215/45R18 depending on the variant.

As for the drivetrain, the all-new Mazda debuts with an improved Skyactiv-G family. For the entry-level models, it gets a 1.5-liter DOHC Skyactiv-G engine making 111hp and 146Nm; the higher-trim models get a 2.0-liter DOHC Skyactiv-G engine making 154hp rpm and 200Nm.

Mercedes-Benz GLE

Mercedes-Benz GLE

The spiritual successor of the M-Class, the 2019 GLE exudes presence and power, while also heightening comfort and spaciousness inside. For 2019, the GLE has a muscular and athletic profile complete with standard 21-inch wheels. Up front, the SUV features the new Multibeam LED with Ultra Range that ensures driving visibility through any weather condition. Meanwhile, the rear lights are also divided into two sections, which not only give an impression of width but also create an unmistakable night design with illuminated blocks typical of Mercedes-Benz SUVs, in this case with backlit edge lighting. The rear is strikingly rounded off with the chrome-plated under guard.

Inside, the new GLE brings the luxurious, elegant ambiance of Mercedes-Benz sedans into the SUV space. Its redesigned cockpit is sportier, made innovative and technical by its 64-colored premium ambient lighting. From its debut in the A-Class, the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) now makes it presence felt in the SUV line-up.

For the Philippine market, the GLE is solely available in GLE 300d 4MATIC guise. With that, it gets a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine with 245hp and 500Nm. The engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic routing power through all four wheels via Mercedes-Benz’s 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. And in a first for Mercedes-Benz in the Philippines, the new GLE is equipped with EQ Boost, a mild hybrid feature wherein energy recovered from braking and systematic engine shut offs delivers a boost of energy when needed or when eliminating turbo lag.

Ford Everest

Ford Everest

More than 65,000 units sold and three generations later, Ford Philippines launches the new and refreshed version if its bestselling Everest. For the 2020 model year, the Everest packs notable enhancements to its engine, transmission, driver-assist technologies, and convenience features.

At the heart is Ford’s next-generation 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine. Shared with the Ranger Wildtrak and Ranger Raptor, the top-of-the-line Everest Titanium+ 4×4 AT gets a bi-turbo engine packing 213hp and 500Nm. Meanwhile, the Everest Titanium 4×2 AT gets a single-turbo version with 180hp and 420Nm. Both engines are mated to a 10-speed automatic promising not just improved refinement, but fuel efficiency and acceleration as well. Cruise control is standard. The Everest Titanium+ 4×4 AT also benefits from 4WD Terrain Management System that maximizes its surefootedness regardless of terrain, ensuring full capability on- and off-road.

Along with the new engine, the 2020 Everest now has smart keyless entry and push-button start/stop across the line-up as well as a hands-free power tailgate that can open and close the hatch with a simple kicking motion of the foot under the rear bumper. On the top-trim Everest Titanium+ 4×4, it receives Active Park Assist that automatically steers the vehicle into a parking space and a panoramic sunroof.

Along with the new drivetrain, added driver-assist technologies, and convenience features, the 2020 Everest also benefits from a slight refresh thanks to a new grille, new 20-inch split-spoke alloy wheels, and a pure black (ebony) interior color.

Audi Q2

Audi Q2

Audi Philippines has brought in the 2020 Q2. For 2020, the Q2 brings in the Audi Virtual Cockpit which swaps the traditional gauges for a configurable 12.3-inch widescreen display as well as an enhanced Multi Media Interface (MMI) with navigation. The new screen measures seven inches and features HD graphics. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also come as standard. Ambient interior lighting completes the additions.

These new features build upon the Q2’s youthful looks that feature Audi’s signature Singleframe grille, and now LED headlights with daytime running lights. Fifteen-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels complete the progressive design.

Toyota Hiace Super Grandia

As the top-variant of the sixth-generation Hiace which was launched last February, the 2020 Toyota Hiace Super Grandia is all about comfort and luxury. Based on the “low roof” GL Grandia, the Hiace Super Grandia gets a classier-looking front-end with a unique grille and bumper design. The same goes for the back where the extended garnish visually widens the stance. Front and back, LED lighting is standard even down to the front fog lights.

With dual sliding doors (powered on the highest trim Super Grandia Elite), ingress and egress is made easier. Inside, it exchanges the premium economy 12-seater bench seating for a more luxurious business class 9-seater setup which includes two rows of Captain’s Chairs. Leather is standard on all but the base Super Grandia, with the Elite upping the experience with quilted leather with ottomans.

Mechanically, the Super Grandia shares the 1GD-FTV 2.8-liter engine found in the rest of the Hiace range. As such, it gets 176hp and 450Nm. The sole transmission option is a six-speed automatic. Interestingly, Toyota has also swapped the rear leaf springs for a four-link coil spring setup improving its ride and handling.

Mitsubishi L300 Euro 4

Mitsubishi L300

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines is about to mark the comeback of one of its most beloved icons: the L300. Discontinued last year due to the country’s shift to Euro 4 emission regulations, the L300 is back, this time sporting a cleaner, more powerful engine, and sadly a hefty price jump.

In order to comply with the new emissions standards, the Japanese carmaker has successfully shoehorned the 2.2-liter 4N14, an engine also used in the ASX, Eclipse Cross, Delica, and Outlander. In this guise, it makes 99hp and 200Nm. The sole transmission is a five-speed manual.

Along with the new engine, Mitsubishi has increased the cab height of the L300 by 100mm for improved visibility. Ground clearance remains the same at 195mm.

Mazda CX-3

Mazda CX-3

Mazda is reducing its CX-3 line-up from three to one variant this 2020. Aesthetically, the changes are quite subtle, limited only to the new horizontal grille slats — similar to what you see in the CX-9 and the rear lamps which get a new cylindrical detail. Being the Pro 2WD model, it gets only halogen headlights and 16-inch alloy wheels. LED fog lights are standard, though.

Like the exterior, the CX-3’s interior sees only minor tweaks for 2020. For the first time ever, the Mazda’s smallest crossover gets a front arm rest that doubles as lidded storage and a rear center armrest with cup holders. The mechanical parking brake has also been swapped for an electric parking brake with auto brake hold. The seats are covered in fabric and the air conditioning’s manual. However, you do get a leather steering wheel, a seven-inch MZD Connect infotainment (no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto), and push-start/stop for the engine.

Mechanically though, the 2020 CX-3 does see a power bump compared to its predecessor. Its 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine is now rated at 150hp and 195Nm. The transmission remains a six-speed automatic, but now come with paddle shifters.

Isuzu D-Max LS-A

Isuzu D-Max LS-A

Sixteen years after its nameplate was introduced into the market, Isuzu Philippines Corporation launches the most modern, most stylish iteration of the D-Max yet: the 2020 LS-A.

Designed to capture pickup truck buyers who see them more as lifestyle vehicles than workhorses, the 2020 D-Max LS-A comes with key features first found on the D-Max Boondock Edition. It comes with a new high-gloss dark gray front grille, bumper, rocker panels, side steps, bed extender, and roof rails. Two-tone machined silver and black 18-inch alloy wheels complete the look.

Inside, the D-Max brings with it some premium features such as a passive entry/push start-stop system, automatic climate control, and USB charging slots.

The 2020 D-Max LS-A continues to be powered by Isuzu’s 4JJ1-TCX 3.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 177hp and 380Nm. Initially available in 4×4 guise, they will soon offer a 4×2 guise of the LS-A as well. Both variants though are offered with a choice between a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic.

Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 2WD Mid

Hyundai Santa Fe

Aimed to steal sales from pickup-based passenger vehicles, Hyundai has released a more affordable variant of the Santa Fe — the GLS 2WD Mid. Priced P380,000 lower than the loaded GLS 2WD High trim, it ditches the LED headlights for halogen ones and the LED taillights for bulbs. It also loses chrome on the front grille and the rear spoiler as well. Even the wheels have gone down an inch from 19s to 18s. Inside, the GLS Mid keeps the leather seats and even the power driver’s seat, but removes the side sun curtains, heads-up display, wireless charger, and rain-sensing wipers. Even the audio system is now down to a five-inch display and loses Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

In terms of safety, the GLS Mid nets you dual SRS airbags (down from 6), and ditches the electronic parking brake for a traditional foot brake one. And while ABS with EBD is standard, the stability control system’s gone. The 360-degree camera is also MIA as are front corner sensors.

The good news is that it keeps the 2.2-liter CRDi engine as the top trim variant. It makes the same 200hp/441Nm output mated to the same eight-speed automatic. It even keeps the cruise control function as well.

September 2019

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Mercedes-Benz CLA

After the introduction of the A-Class and B-Class, Mercedes-Benz completes the trifecta by introducing the new CLA four-door coupe. With just one variant, it costs P700,000 more than its similarly-engined A-Class sibling.

Continuing with its front-wheel drive architecture, the new CLA poses the characteristics of both a coupe and sedan. Continuing to be a style icon for Mercedes-Benz, the 2020 CLA keeps its predecessor’s frameless doors. Upfront, it comes with LED headlights with DRLs, complementing the low-slung hood and diamond grille. The new narrow-designed tail lamps and number plate housed in the bumper emphasize the width of the new CLA, while 18-inch light alloy wheels shower it with sportiness.

Inside, it continues the same youthful avant-garde form seen in the A-Class and B-Class. A new leather multi-function steering wheel, touchpad, three-seat power driver’s seat, and Artico leather seats are just some of the changes done inside. Furthermore, it also comes with the latest-generation MBUX system which combines the instrument cluster and center display into two seven-inch digital screens. It also has natural speech recognition and seamless Apple CarPlay integration.

Audi A6

Audi A6

The all-new 2020 Audi A6 is now in the country, boasting enhanced sportiness, comfort, and digitalization. An “ambassador” of the new Audi design language, the A6 has a truly elegant design with a taut roofline and short overhangs. It’s the roomiest and widest in the mid-sized luxury sedan segment. Upfront, it has a wide, low-set Singleframe grille with air inlets and matrix LED headlights with DRLs on both sides.

The interior creates a futuristic, minimalist feel; thanks to the sleek instrument panel with a technical black-panel design dominates that impressively combines form and function. The driver and front passenger experience a generous space in which the architecture fuses seamlessly with the user interface. In front of the driver is Audi’s 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit with a high-resolution display.

Under the hood, the all-new Audi A6 is powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine. Fitted with Mild Hybrid Engine Technology and mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, it generates 245hp and 370Nm. The suspension combines smooth ride comfort and unshakable stability with enhanced sportiness.

Maxus G10 Assist

Maxus Philippines is catering to one unserved need among families, especially those living with PWDs or the elderly with their new Assist package for their G10 MPV. Utilizing the versatility and space of its Maxus G10, the G10 Assist replaces the conventional second-row seat nearest the sliding door into one that swivels to face the sidewalk. Thanks to a built-in motor, it slides out and can be lowered down to street level making it easier for the elderly or wheelchair-bound people to take their seat or disembark. And in a clever move that will please high-tech owners, the swivel-lifting seat is programmable either via a remote control or even through a mobile phone app. It even has a position memory function, path recover function, path obstacle sensor, door interlock, low-power detection and warning, mechanical manual function, and anti-tip protection.

Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss

Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss

The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), the exclusive distributor of Chevrolet vehicles in the Philippines, brings in a new variant of its Colorado pickup truck: the Trail Boss. Unlike the Colorado High Country Storm which is based off the 4×4 variant, the Trail Boss is based off the Colorado 4×2, the Trail Boss dives deep into Chevrolet’s accessories catalog. It emerges wearing lots of black stuff. Upfront, there’s a black Chevrolet bow tie set atop a black grille; at each corner, black fender flares with 18-inch high-gloss black rims; and at the back, a ‘tactical-style’ black bed bar and a large black decal at the back that reads Colorado from at least 10 meters away.

MG 5

MG 5

MG is beefing up their line-up with their first foray into the sub-compact car segment with the MG 5.

The upstart brand is lending the MG 5 will all sorts of features that’ll make even a compact car blush (at least on the mid- and top-tier variants): a 10-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 360-degree parking camera, a power adjustable driver’s seat, automatic LED headlights, push-button start/stop, automatic climate control, and even a sunroof.

Powering the MG 5 is a normally-aspirated 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 112hp and 150Nm. Available transmissions are a five-speed manual or a CVT. Four-wheel disc brakes are standard across the line It comes with four airbags, ABS with EBD, tire pressure monitoring, and even electronic stability control that integrates hill hold assist.

Lexus RX

Lexus is finally introducing the 2020 RX mid-sized luxury crossover, including the much-anticipated three-row RX L variant. The RX, which was first introduced in the Philippine market in 2009, catapulted Lexus to number one in the premium automotive segment. In fact, for the first half of this year, Lexus finished off with a commanding 28 percent market share. All this time, the RX remains the bestselling model in Lexus Philippines’s line-up, selling 1,413 units in a ten-year span.

The 2020 Lexus RX hopes to further fortify its position by introducing four variants and two wheelbase lengths, the latter a first time for the local market. Regardless of variant, the 2020 model showcases improvements to its design, showcasing Lexus’s latest design language. This includes a new sculpted front and rear bumper, revised rocker panels, new slender headlights, and the signature Lexus spindle grille with added ‘L’ pattern meshing.

Inside, the 2020 Lexus RX debuts a revised infotainment system. The touchscreen/touchpad-based system now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Meanwhile, the “RX L” variant lengthens its body by 110mm thereby accommodating third row seating. Here, a power-folding third-row seating with two different seating positions is provided for maximum comfort. A hands-free kick sensor integrated in the power tailgate adds convenience in the RX Hybrid variant.

Under the hood, the Lexus RX 350 comes with a 3.5-liter normally aspirated V6 engine making 296hp and 370Nm, while the RX 450h has a combined 308hp and 335Nm of torque. Both models offer a 0-100 km/h time of 7.7 seconds and a top speed of 200 km/h.

Volkswagen Lavida

Who says Volkswagens don’t play nice with tuners? Well, Volkswagen Philippines is proving these naysayers wrong by coming up with two special packages for the Lavida compact sedan: the Lavida Club Edition and the Lavida Club Edition+. Launched to coincide with Volkswagen Philippines’s 6th anniversary, these two special packages are the German automaker’s “gifts to Volkswagen enthusiasts.” The Club Edition includes: Club Edition decals; front, side, and rear skirts; rear lip spoiler; and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Club Edition+ adds a Blaupunkt infotainment system and a Kicker speaker system.

Honda Accord

Honda Accord

Honda Cars Philippines is upping its game in the executive sedan segment by launching the all-new, 10th generation Accord. The 2020 Accord is the embodiment of everything that Honda stands for with its bolder styling, cutting-edge driver assistive features, and turbocharged power.

The Accord continues with its tech-savvy approach juxtaposed with premium appointments. Outside, it features a low and wide silhouette with a laser-welded roof and side panels for increased solidity. Inside, it has two-part instrument cluster that combines a traditional speedometer with a multi-info TFT display.

Powering the Accord is a 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo putting out 190hp and 243Nm. The outputs are at par with the outgoing normally-aspirated 2.4-liter motor, but should provide for improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions. This engine is mated to a CVT transmission with the usual Honda Eco Assist System. Unlike other applications though, the Accord also has a Sport mode which sharpens the throttle and steering response as well. Paddle shifters are also standard.

Finally, the Accord joins the top-of-the-line CR-V in receiving the Honda Sensing driver assist system. This suite combines safety features including: Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow (LSF), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), and Auto High Beam. In addition, it comes with six airbags, ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensors, LaneWatch camera, Straight Driving Assist, and a Multiview reverse camera with guidelines.

Audi A4

The 2020 Audi A4 comes with a new powertrain and revised design that complements its intelligent, lightweight construction and advanced interior amenities. Powering the A4 is a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine with 150hp and 250Nm. Mated to a seven-speed S Tronic dual clutch transmission, it can sprint to 100 km/h in just 8.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 220 km/h.

Inside, it has a three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel with multi-function controls and paddle shifters, the Audi virtual cockpit—the brand’s fully-digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster, and an ambient interior lighting package. The infotainment system, the Audi MMI Navigation Plus has also been upgraded with an eight-inch multimedia interface and touchpad-based navigation.

Geely Coolray

Geely Coolray

Promising to bring the fun back in driving, the Geely Coolray comes with turbocharged power as standard. Also equipped with direct injection and dual variable valve timing, the 1.5-liter three-cylinder motor generates a healthy 177hp and 255Nm. Paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, 0-100 km/h is achieved in just 7.9 seconds. Cruise control is standard.

As the parent company of Volvo Cars, Geely used the Swedish premium automaker’s expertise to develop the BMA or B-segment Modular Architecture. With a team of about 100 individuals from 20 countries working together, the BMA allows the Coolray, and in turn, upcoming Geely models to exceed the criteria of a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. Apart from using the BMA platform, Geely is upping the safety game with standard ABS with EBD, traction control, stability control, and hill descent control on all variants.

Targeted towards millennials and young buyers, the Coolray uses lines and angles to distinguish itself from other small SUVs in the market. Based on the concept of “Racing through Space and Time,” it is confident, athletic, and bold. Seventeen-inch wheels are standard on the base Comfort model, while moving to the mid-tier Premium and top-tier Sport variants ups it to 18 inches. The Sport model also has a black roof fitted with a panoramic sunroof and various carbon fiber accents.

Inside, the Coolray uses a seven-inch LED display panel embedded in its instrument cluster that switches layout based on the selected driving mode — Normal, Eco, and Sport. For its infotainment system, it uses a 10.25-inch multimedia touch screen with QD Link Android connectivity. The Sport trim adds the G-Pilot system which includes Auto Park Assist that slots the car into parallel and perpendicular parking spots with the touch of a button, Blind Spot Detection, and even a 360-degree parking camera. Other features on the Sport include tire pressure monitoring system and a remote start feature.

Suzuki Dzire GA

Suzuki launched a new variant of its Dzire subcompact sedan, targeted for fleet owners: the Dzire GA. The Dzire’s manageable proportions, surprisingly large interior room, and low cost of maintenance make it the ideal platform for taxis and ride-sharing applications. The Suzuki Dzire GA is powered by a 1.2-liter K12M engine making 82hp and 115Nm. A five-speed manual is the sole transmission option.

Suzuki Carry

Suzuki Carry

Catering to the needs of commercial businesses located specifically in tight city confines, Suzuki Philippines launches the all-new Carry. Dropping “Super” in its name, the Suzuki Carry now comes with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine delivering 96hp and 135Nm. The 2020 Carry features a wider and longer body with a bed that’s 365mm longer and 75mm wider than its predecessor. It comes standard with 22-rope hooks to secure any cargo during transit. Furthermore, its loading capacity of 940 kgs is higher than before.

Isuzu mu-X Boondock Edition

Five years — that’s how long the Isuzu mu-X’s been on the Philippine market, and yet, Isuzu Philippines Corporation has managed to keep it fresh with a continuous slew of updates here and there. Their most special one to date though is the commemorative limited edition mu-X Boondock.

As expected, the mu-X Boondock closely mirrors the upgrades found in the D-Max Boondock from the beefy Yokohama Geolander all-terrain 265/70R17 tires to the monotube nitrogen-filled “performance” shock absorbers, steel side step boards, and Boondock branding. Unlike the D-Max Boondock though, the mu-X Boondock gets cross rails for the roof, nicks its fender extensions from the mu-X Luxe Edition, and gets a front chin spoiler.

The larger tires and new shock absorbers raise the mu-X’s ground clearance, approximating the D-Max Boondock’s impressive 247mm number. Water wading depth is also sure to cross the 800mm mark as well.

October 2019

Mitsubishi Montero Sport

Mitsubishi Montero Sport

The refreshed 2020 Mitsubishi Montero Sport is finally in the Philippines. Upfront is the latest iteration of Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield grille. It’s more pronounced and angular than before and with a higher hood, better emphasizes the width. The headlights retain their traditional positioning, but feature new lighting elements. The front fog lamps and signal lamps are the ones that migrate from the trailing edge to the middle of the bumper, akin to the Strada. At the back, the divisive “red tear” LED taillights have been retained, but have been re-shaped, cut, and given a smoked hue to visually improve the flow. A more aggressive-looking rear spoiler, reworked license plate garnish, and new designs for the 18-inch alloy wheels complete the changes.

At first glance, the 2020 Montero Sport looks to remain largely unchanged. However, it’s managed to embrace its futuristic styling by employing an 8-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster. Replacing the traditional gauges, this multi-function display not only adds a strong high-tech vibe, but puts the Montero Sport as the first in its class to offer such a feature.

Apart from this, it offers an eight-inch infotainment screen with Android Auto and Car Play and for that, it necessitated a re-do of the center console, including new climate control buttons. It also has an 8-way power adjustable driver seat, new soft-padded interior door trim, an AC outlet integrated in the second row, and a power tailgate. Finally, the Montero Sport receives the Mitsubishi Remote Control. Using a smartphone app, this will enable the vehicle to send notifications to the owner’s phone and can open and lock the car and tailgate for as long as the mobile phone is within Bluetooth range.

Peugeot 3008

Peugeot 3008

There’s an air of confidence at Peugeot and that has to do with the introduction of its new 3008 line-up. Admittedly, it doesn’t look all that different from the 3008 Active variant. What’s greatly different though is the price. For the first time ever, the 3008 compact SUV is priced squarely within the CR-V/CX-5/Forester range.

The secret to Peugeot’s more affordable pricing is a change of source from Europe to Malaysia. A joint-venture between Peugeot’s parent company, PSA and Malaysia’s Naza Corporation, the plant now serves several ASEAN markets including the Philippines. Thanks to zero tariff, the Peugeot 3008 is now more affordable. And despite being less of a dent to the pocket, the Malaysian-made 3008 Active now packs more features than the European 3008 Active.



Legado Motors Inc., the exclusive distributor of GAC Motor in the Philippines launched the latest addition to its line-up: the GS3 subcompact crossover. Well-received in markets where GAC is sold around the world, the GS3 is considered by many as a “game-changer” SUV thanks to specifications and features that surpass those in its price range.

Both the exterior and interior styling of the GS3 aim to create a premium riding experience by combining classic chrome elements with a strong, wedge-like styling. The interior features either premium fabric or leather, and boasts of an infotainment system with an 8-inch TFT color display with hands-free Bluetooth.

It comes with either a 1.5-liter normally-aspirated engine with 113hp and 150Nm or a turbocharged 1.3-liter engine with 136hp and 202Nm. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic.

Suzuki Vitara

Suzuki Vitara

Suzuki Philippines’s strong seller, the subcompact crossover Vitara gets a styling refresh for the 2020 model year. For 2020, it gets a new expressive design and a revamped interior without a huge price jump.

Outside, the Vitara receives a new vertical chrome grille along with chrome front bumper garnishes which help it exude a stronger off-road feel. It also gets wider looking rear combination lamps with the reverse lamp moving to the lower bumper. The top-trim GLX model also adds LED headlights with a colored projector cover and a new design for the 17-inch alloy wheels as well.

Inside, the 2020 Vitara receives a new soft pad instrument panel along with a revised instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch colored LCD display. All models also get a center arm rest console while the GLX model receives a geometric design for its leather seats for a sportier feel and a 10-inch infotainment system (the lower models have an eight-inch system).

Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 Skyactiv-G lineup features enhancements in its suspension designed to deliver an even more supple ride. Meanwhile, interior design elements that elevate the premium feel of the cabin towards the brand’s next generation direction were likewise introduced for the 2020 model year.

Like the 2.5-liter AWD Sport variant, the 2.0-liter FWD Sport also features a new seven-inch TFT reconfigurable instrument cluster display to provide needed vehicle information as preferred by the driver. Also new for 2020 are the updated air conditioning system controls that are now similar to the latest Mazda6 and all-new Mazda3’s layout. The Mazda Connect infotainment system now comes with Apple Car Play and Android Auto smartphone mirroring across the 2020 Skyactiv-G range while the 2.0-liter FWD Sport now also features a 10-speaker Bose Premium Sound System, similar to what is standard in the AWD Sport gas and diesel variants.

New black leather seats with orange trim in the AWD and FWD Sport enhance the dynamic luxury feel of both variants. Now also featuring a memory function, the FWD Sport is at par with its i-Activ All-Wheel Drive-equipped sibling in terms of convenience features. And for the first time in a 2.0-liter Mazda CX-5, the power tailgate now comes standard with the FWD Sport.

November 2019

Peugeot 5008

Peugeot 5008

After bringing in a more affordable version of its five-seater 3008 SUV, Peugeot Philippines is now doing the same for its seven-seater SUV, the 5008. Now sourced from a Peugeot joint-venture plant in Malaysia, the 2020 5008 SUV basically costs a million pesos less than before.

With prices that start at P2.190 million, the Malaysian-sourced 5008 swaps its turbo diesel BlueHDi engine for a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. In this guise, it makes a healthy 165hp and 240Nm. The transmission is a six-speed automatic driving the front wheels.

Toyota Vios XLE

Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) brings the total number of Vios variants to eleven with the introduction of the Vios XLE. Slotting in-between the XE and E models, the XLE is designed to be a good value for money variant that offers the best possible Vios specs given its affordable price. It comes with three airbags (driver, front passenger, and driver knee), four-beam halogen headlights, 15-inch alloy wheels, and a seven-inch touchscreen display audio with WebLink smartphone connectivity. It also comes with full power amenities and Vehicle Stability Control with Hill Start Assist is standard.

Kia Seltos

Kia Philippines unboxes its entry into the sub-compact crossover category, the Seltos. Named after “Celtos,” the son of Hercules in Greek mythology, the Seltos slots below the Sportage and for that it starts at just P1.098 million.

It gets a wide tiger nose grille (so wide Kia now terms it, “tiger face”) and a diamond-like pattern on the grille surround. LED daytime running lights and position lights are standard across all variants, but only the top-line SX receives LED headlights and LED front fog lights. At the back, all but the base LX receives LED taillights. At each corner are standard 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/55R17 tires.

The Seltos also boasts of a roomy cabin. The rear occupants enjoy reclining rear seats. With the seats up, it gets the largest cargo room in its class — 498 liters. In terms of creature comfort features, an eight-inch touchscreen audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard. Music is routed through a 6-speaker system, too. All but the base LX gets cruise control, but only the SX gets automatic climate control and a smart entry with push-start system.

All Seltos variants get a normally aspirated 2.0-liter engine with 149hp and 179Nm. This engine is mated to an Intelligent continuously Variable Transmission (IVT) which is basically a CVT with pre-determined shift points to mimic a conventional torque converter automatic. A changeable drive mode selector is standard.

Honda City 1.5 S

Honda Cars Philippines is about to warp your sense of reality by introducing a new variant of its City subcompact sedan, and get this: it’s an automatic variant that sells less than its manual transmission counterpart.

Officially named the City 1.5 S CVT, the retail price is less than the 1.5 E M/T’s. Yet, it continues to offer best-in-class performance with its 1.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC engine making 120hp and 145Nm of torque. And of course, since it comes with the Earth Dreams CVT, expect it to have excellent fuel efficiency as well. More than just the impressive powertrain, the City 1.5 S CVT offers one of the best value for money proposition with standard LED DRLs, 15-inch wheels (steelies with full covers), tilt/telescopic steering wheel, all power amenities, and keyless entry. In fact, the only things you lose compared to the next tier 1.5 E are front fog lights, the fancier radio, and speakers (the 1.5 S gets a 1-DIN audio system with Aux/USB inputs and 2 speakers).

Audi Q3

Audi Q3

The all-new 2020 Audi Q3 officially landed, bringing with it a fresh new take to SUVs. While most SUVs are specific with its target market and usage, the Q3 is a breath of fresh air, as it was designed to cater to every kind of driver, for every kind of need. Tagged as “the all-around SUV,” the all-new Q3 easily fuses spaciousness, versatility, and technology.

From the get-go, the Audi Q3 is decidedly the grown-up version of its predecessor. Grown-up, in the sense that not only does it carry features like the Audi Virtual Cockpit and a 10.1 MMI touch display, it has also expanded its market to catering to the trendier crowd. With fashion being more versatile in recent years, the move to making the Q3’s design sportier, with rigid surfaces, and sharper edges, makes it appealing to the up-and-coming individual.

The new Q3 is powered by a 1.4-L inline-four turbocharged engine delivering 150hp and 250Nm. The engine is mated to a seven-speed, S tronic dual-clutch transmission. The combinations allows it to accelerate from 0 km/h to 100 km/h in just 8.7 seconds. Safety features include electronic stability control, electromechanical power steering, hold assist, hill descent control, and park assist with a rear-view camera.

Mercedes-Benz V-Class

In 2014 the Mercedes-Benz V-Class celebrated its debut with a completely new approach to design, value appeal, comfort, and safety in the MPV segment. The new V-Class has a broader appearance and an even stronger visual presence thanks to its new front end. This comes courtesy of a new bumper design with striking cooling air inlets and a new diamond structure in the radiator grille. At the same time, four new light-alloy wheel designs ensure a striking, avantgarde appearance.

The interior of the new V-Class follows the trend of modernity and clarity. The new V-Class presents itself with new air vents in a more sporty turbine look as well as new dials in the instrument cluster. Modern and elegant can also be used to describe the new trim element in twin-stripe look which is used on the instrument panel and side paneling. The trim elements in the piano lacquer, ebony wood, carbon fiber and brushed aluminium looks remain. And as with the previous model, the first-row passenger seats can be configured to face backwards, allowing for convenient and shared use of the folding tables to hold meetings or have meals with other passengers seated on the second-row.

Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

Designed to look sleeker with its clean lines and sporty proportions, the 2020 GLC is an instant head-turner. The new GLC carries the iconic Mercedes-Benz SUV design which showcases a muscular and athletic profile with its striking radiator grille, elegant chrome elements, and the redesigned and functional multibeam LED headlamps. Inside the new GLC, the sportiness, spaciousness, and luxury continue with high-grade materials, precise finishing and flowing contours. The new-generation multi-function steering wheel with touch controls improves the driving and maneuvering experience. The GLC steps up in bringing an all-digital instrument display with a 12.3-inch large screen that delivers a pin-sharp picture clarity that is also easy to read under any lighting condition.

Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine

In line with Volvo Cars’ goal of reducing its emissions by 50 percent in terms of global sales, Volvo Cars Philippines expands its T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid offering to now include the XC60, S90, and XC90.

Volvo’s Plug-in Hybrid cars deliver a no-compromise combination of plug-in battery electric power and an efficient petrol engine that provides low to zero tailpipe emissions. The additional electric motor supports the combustion engine for low carbon dioxide emissions, and when driven in Pure electric mode, it can allow people to commute with zero tailpipe emissions.

The Twin Engine family of vehicles also carry a high-voltage traction battery to store energy. It receives energy from electric grid charging and also from regenerative braking of the vehicle or from the C-ISG. The high voltage battery delivers power for pure electric drive and also to run the electric air conditioning for pre-climatization of the passenger compartment. The large battery gives an electric-only range of around 40 to 50 kilometers and can easily be charged at home or at a charging station. It’s also charged during driving every time you brake or slow down.

Isuzu Traviz

Isuzu Traviz

Isuzu launches a “last-mile” transportation solution with its all-new Traviz light-duty truck. Based on the D-Max platform, the Traviz boasts of durability, big cargo capacity, a fuel-efficient powertrain, and modern design.

Named after a combination of “Transport, Trading, Transcend” and “Business,” the all-new Traviz is available in two wheelbase configurations: the short wheelbase Traviz S and the long wheelbase Traviz L. While both versions have a 1.6-ton payload capacity, the long wheelbase version can readily accept a 10-foot body.

Powering the Traviz is a Euro 4 version of the Crosswind’s engine: the 4JA1. This 2.5-liter common-rail direct-injection engine makes 78hp and 176Nm. Mated to a five-speed manual, the Traviz does up to 23.4 km/L based on a test conducted with the Automobile Association of the Philippines or AAP.

Nissan GT-R

If you’re in the market for a brand-new Nissan GT-R, we have good news: the order books for the Model Year 2020 GT-R are now open. The bad news? The price went up by a whopping P 1.550-million increase (no thanks to the government’s convoluted duty calculations).

What do you get with the price increase? For 2020, the GT-R gets Ray forged wheels wrapped in meaty tires: 255/40R20 for the front and 285/35R20 for the rear. Oh, and at the back, four burnished exhaust tips set the 2020 GT-R apart from previous year models. Outputs from the 3.8-liter VR38DETT engine remain the same: 570 fire-breathing horses and 633Nm of Godzilla torque.

SsangYong Korando

SsangYong Korando

The fourth-generation Korando arrives, gaining the new angular family look. With that, it’s got the “birds wing” front grille, curved shoulder lines that taper towards the rear of the car, and available LED headlights and LED fog lights. Ground clearance ranges from 172 to 182 mm depending on the variant, while at each corner are either 17- or 18-inch wheels.

Inside, the all-new Korando features enriched interior materials combined with cutting-edge design technologies. Available features include the full 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster, eight-inch Smart Audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual zone climate control, and leather seats with power movement for the front occupants.

Powering the Korando is either a powerful 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine or a punchy 1.6-liter turbodiesel. This is mated to a third-generation Aisin six-speed automatic with paddle shifters, cruise control, and selectable driving modes. Power is routed through the front wheels.

SsangYong Tivoli

SsangYong Tivoli

While the Korando has certainly taken the spotlight over at SsangYong, their subcompact crossover, the Tivoli also gets a makeover for 2020. The most notable change? A swapping from gasoline to diesel power.

For 2020, the Tivoli keeps its two-variant line-up, the 1.6 Sport and 1.6 Premium. However, pop the hood and the old gasoline mill is gone. In its place is SsangYong’s e-XDi160 turbo diesel engine making 136hp and 324Nm (same as the Korando). The engine itself is the same one found in the Tivoli XLV, but a new turbocharger bumps the power figures up. The sole transmission option is a six-speed automatic with a Drive Mode selector.

Outside, the most notable one is the revised front with a new grille, headlights, and fog lights. Towards the side, there are more gloss black garnish, while at the back are LED combination lamps. Wheel sizes are either 16 or 18 inches.

Inside, the Tivoli benefits from better materials. The entire center console is new with easier-to-use climate control switches. The top-of-the-line Premium adds leatherette seats, a 10.25-inch full digital gauge cluster, an eight-inch Smart Audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and even an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Foton Traveller XL

While its trucks are known to be dependable, Foton Philippines has also built a stellar reputation around its formidable passenger van line-up. Case in point is the Traveller XL — their larger than life MPV that seats not 11, not 15, but 19 people. And now, it’s been refreshed with added safety features for the same price.

Thanks to its stretched wheelbase and higher roofline, the Traveller XL can accommodate 19 people in a 3+3+3+3+3+4 layout, most with individual, adjustable headrests. The refreshed cabin now offers a 2-DIN touchscreen audio system with AM/FM tuner, MP3/MP4 video capability, USB, Aux, SD Card, and Bluetooth connectivity. This is on top of the dual air conditioning system with ceiling-mounted vents scattered throughout the body.

Power remains courtesy of a 2.8-liter Cummins CRDi engine putting out 148hp and 325Nm — commendable numbers given you will need to haul up to 4,035kgs. The sole transmission remains a five-speed manual.

The best news for the refreshed Traveller XL though is the added safety equipment. Now equipped as standard are dual SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, and stability control. Moreover, seatbelt minders and a four-probe reverse sensor with parking camera complete the package.

Chery Tiggo 2, Tiggo 5X, Tiggo 7, Tiggo 8

Chery Tiggo 2

Under new distributor United Asia Automotive Group or UAAGI, Chery Auto is returning to the Philippines not just with one, not just with two, but with four new vehicles — all sporting a body style that’s popular with Filipino buyers: crossovers.

People a certain age will remember that Chery used to have a compact crossover called the Tiggo when they first launched here. Today, Tiggo is Chery’s name for its crossover family, much like Arrizo is the name of their sedan family.

With the timing right to bring Chery Auto back to the Philippines, UAAGI selected four out of six Tiggo family members for the Philippine market; these are the Tiggo 2, Tiggo 5x, Tiggo 7, and Tiggo 8. All of them carry a five-year bumper-to-bumper warranty and an unprecedented 10-year / 1-million-kilometer powertrain warranty.

The line-up starts with the Tiggo 2, their subcompact crossover offering. The Tiggo 2 comes with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 106hp and 135Nm of torque. This engine, named one of China’s Top Best Engines is mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.

Chery Tiggo 8

Moving up, there’s the Tiggo 5X, yet another subcompact SUV category. This model also comes with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. In this version, it makes 114hp and 141Nm of torque. The Tiggo 5X also comes with a choice between a five-speed manual or a CVT transmission.

Those looking for something bigger may be enticed by the Tiggo 7. Despite its name, the Tiggo 7 is the brand’s flagship 5-seater SUV powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. In this guise, it makes 145hp and 210Nm of torque mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Finally, there’s the flagship Tiggo 8, Chery’s mid-sized seven-seat crossover. It features a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine making 145hp and 210Nm of torque. This engine is also mated to a six-speed dual clutch automatic. Among all the models, Chery has revealed the most detail about the Tiggo 8. It offers a smart keyless entry system, full LCD instrumentation, panoramic sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear sensors, and leather seats.

Ford Transit

Ford Philippines is returning into the full-sized van segment with its most spacious, intelligent, capable, and cost-efficient offering yet: the all-new, 15-seater Transit. The new van is not only destined for private family use, but is also designed to compliment and support industries such as education, hotels and resorts, travel and tourism, medical, business process outsourcing, corporate, and even retail. With that, it promises optimized performance, enhanced comfort, and one of the lowest costs of ownership in its class.

The Transit comes with a bold, yet distinctive design featuring the trademark Ford three-bar grille, halogen reflector headlights with daytime running lights, fog lamps, steel wheels with hub caps, black bumpers and side moldings, and a rear bumper with integrated step.

Powered by Ford’s proven 2.2-liter Duratorq engine — the same engine family found in the Ranger XLT, the Transit offers 135hp and 385Nm. This work-ready engine is coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission driving the rear wheels ensuring a balanced and fuel-efficient performance.

Measuring in at 5,981mm long, 2,474mm wide, and 2,517mm tall, the all-new Transit offers great space made possible by its generous size. The capacious interior features a 15-seat capacity — with everyone enjoying their own individual headrests and three-point seatbelts, 21 storage bins, 12 cup holders, and multiple power sockets.

Mazda CX-30

Mazda CX-30

Meant as an in-between to the CX-3 and the CX-5, the CX-30 is the second seventh-generation model after the all-new 2020 Mazda3. Adopting the Evolved KODO design, the CX-30 is bold and sleek, combining the flowing lines of a coupe with the bold proportions of an SUV. Inside, the CX-30 takes the same minimalist approach seen in the Mazda3. Here, designers focused on giving the driver a cockpit-like feel, while also giving a clean, airy space for the passengers.

Mechanically, the CX-30 shares its underpinnings with the all-new Mazda3. With that, it comes as no surprise that it uses the same powertrain: a 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G making 155hp and 200Nm. A six-speed automatic with sport mode is standard across the line-up, but only the high-trim model gets the added security of all-wheel drive.

Mazda CX-8

Slotting in-between the CX-5 and CX-9 in terms of size, the CX-8 is Mazda’s newest three-row SUV. Unlike its competition, Mazda is offering two distinct seating configurations — a family-oriented seven-seater version or a more luxury-oriented six-seater one. The former is exclusively available in front-wheel drive, while the latter is exclusively in all-wheel drive trim.

Regardless of seating configuration, the CX-8 is powered by a normally-aspirated 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine mated to a 6-speed automatic. Making 190hp and 252Nm, this powertrain separates the CX-8 from its larger CX-9 sibling, while still offering spirited, yet efficient performance that Mazda is known for.

Feature-wise, almost nothing separates these two variants. Both come with light-sensing adaptive LED headlights, 19-inch wheels, power tailgate, and rain-sensing wipers. Inside, both the FWD and AWD variants offer standard Nappa leather seats in a Deep Red color, power adjustment for the front occupants (10-way with memory for the driver, six-way for the passenger), tri-zone automatic climate control, windshield-projected heads-up display, power sunroof, and an eight-inch Mazda Connect infotainment system with a 10-speaker Bose sound system.

December 2019

Land Rover Discovery Sport

The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport has arrived, bringing with it the newest aesthetic and comfort features found in the Jaguar Land Rover family. Traditional Land Rover design cues such as the clamshell hood, rising beltline and tapered roof remain, but incorporates the newest familial details including the new grille, bumpers, and LED lamps on both ends. Also standard are larger, 20-inch rims shod with 235/50R20 tires. Inside, the refreshed Discovery Sport adds more premium materials as well as the latest digital Touch Pro infotainment system. Things are capped off by the newly designed seats that provide better comfort and versatility through a second-row that folds and slides in a 60/40 split.

For 2020, the Discovery Sport is offered in an all-diesel line-up. All models come powered by the 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ingenium-series engine making 150hp and 380Nm. A nine-speed automatic and a Driveline Disconnect feature in its AWD system (a power transfer unit at the front axle that disconnects drive to the rear wheels under steady state cruising) maximizes fuel efficiency.


Coming as a big surprise to wrap up 2019, Bermaz Auto Philippines, the official distributor of Mazda vehicles in the country, has finally brought in the refreshed subcompact Mazda2. It features the Evolved KODO styling along with a slew of enhancements for improved comfort and handling.

Despite its positioning as Mazda’s most affordable offering, the 2020 Mazda2 doesn’t scrimp on design or craftsmanship. In fact, just as the Mazda3 and Mazda6 has done in the compact and executive car segments, the refreshed Mazda2 brings a heightened sense of premium, typically absent in the subcompact car category.

Under the hood remains the 1.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine. With the same improvements found in in the Mazda3, it gains a bit more power and torque — 110hp (up 2hp) and 141Nm (up 2Nm). The sole transmission for 2020 is a six-speed automatic with Sports Mode and paddle shifters.

But while its powertrain is relatively unchanged, the Mazda2 features a retuned suspension for a smoother, more comfortable ride. It also adds several noise-fighting measures to realize a quieter cabin and gains G-Vectoring Control Plus.

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