Dangerous, tumultuous, unpredicatble—and that’s just the bus lane on EDSA. Those terms also apply to the economy, and specifically to the new car market. Still, carmakers are forging ahead with new model launches. We will get a slew of launches in the upcoming three months, from practical MPVs to high-performance sports cars. Here are some new cars that you’ll be seeing on the road in the near future:
A long name for a compact SUV, one that will slot just above the Ecosport in Ford’s lineup. It will be a big model though in terms of features, starting with the powerplant. The Territory will be powered by a 1.5-liter turbo inline-four with an expected 181ps and 240Nm. Paired with a CVT, the new engine will have a longer service interval, requiring preventive maintenance only once a year. Cooled front seats, 10-inch touchscreen, panoramic moonroof, and wireless device charging are among its convenience features. 360-degree view camera, adaptive cruise control and self-steer parking makes driving easier.
After the recent introduction of its offroad flagship, the G-wagon diesel, Mercedes-Benz goes for practicality with its new seven-seater compact SUV. Three rows fit within the 4.63-meter length, just a little shorter than the GLC. Expected engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four. An eight-speed dual-clutch transmission puts the power to all four wheels. If you like the boxy Mercedes models of the 1990s and early 2000s, you’ll like the angular styling of the GLB. The gently rounded box shape gives a strong hint to the GLB’s more practical bent as well as some rough-road capability.
The Toyota Fortuner will get a facelift as well as upgrades to its engine and interior. The 2020 Fortuner features a new grille, bumper and lights. Taillights and alloy wheels will also be refreshed. The 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine will get bumped up in power to an expected 206ps and an even 500Nm. Toyota’s suite of active safety features will likely be on board, with active cruise control and lane-keeping assist system. To double the nonsensical words in the model’s name, the Thai market launched a variant called Legender, with different grille, lights, and a two-tone paint job, as well as upgrades to its interior.
The Toyota Hilux gets a new schnozz with an enormous grille, helping to make it look different from the Fortuner. The new Hilux will also get the power bump to the engine, revised suspension, and upgrades to the interior.
Toyota Corolla Cross
The Toyota RAV4 is an attractively-styled and featured SUV, but the price has escalated quite a bit from when the model was first launched. Toyota has a neat little solution: a new model that slots under the RAV4 in size and price. The name? Corolla Cross.
Banking on the name recognition of its most popular model, the Corolla Cross is reportedly built on the same Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform as its namesake sedan. The platform allows different model groups to share components, while remaining distinct in design and ride characteristics. The Corolla Cross will apparently share parts with the C-HR SUV. The C-HR’s adventurous styling turns heads but its “eccentric” design (Toyota’s own description)
Enter the Corolla Cross. It is expected to be a subcompact crossover like the C-HR, but with more conventional styling. Design-wise, it’s a shrunken version of the RAV4. The model was recently launched across the region and it might make its way to the Philippines soon.
Land Rover Defender
Land Rover is updating its iconic Defender with the first all-new model in 72 years. Running in the wheel tracks of the unstoppable Defender is no small task, and the 2020 model seems to have all the right bits. The new Defender is built on a monocoque platform, for greater safety and sturdiness on and off-road. Permanent all-wheel drive, high clearances, and short overhangs allow the Defender to go on almost any ground. Wading depth is 900mm, and Defender’s 3D surround camera with wade sensing function. Configurable Terrain Response allows customization of powertrain, steering, differentials and traction control settings.
The longer Defender 110 will be the first to be launched, starting at P6.310 million. It will be powered by a 3.0-liter petrol mild-hybrid engine with 400ps. Off-road tire are wrapped around 19-inch alloy wheels. It rides on electronic air suspension with adaptive dynamics. If you want something more bespoke, the Defender 110 First Edition comes with exterior upgrades and a P9.390 million price tag.
Ayala-distributed brand Maxus will be beefing up its lineup this third quarter with a new 8-seater MPV. The G50 compact MPV will be powered by a 1.5-liter turbo petrol engine with 7-speed dual clutch transmission. The G50 compact MPV seeks to be a more “fun” vehicle if we judge it by its colors: bright shades such as Roland Purple. The color scheme was designed to attract young families headed by upwardly mobile professionals. The G50 joins the V80 van and T60 pickup within Maxus’ lineup of commercial vehicles.
Porsche 911 Turbo
The king returns with a massive 580ps and 750Nm. The new engine is capable of overboost without without a time limit, and is paired to an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The new 911 Turbo blitzes to 100kph in 2.8 seconds and can run up to 320kph. The Turbo’s trademark tail spoiler has never integrated so beautifully into the 911’s curves until now.
Chery Arrizo 5e
If the name of the Arrizo 5e sounds like a mobile phone, that’s because it is indeed electric, and rechargable. The Chery Arrizo is a compact four-door sedan that looks similar to others in its size class. Where it differs is what’s under the hood—the Arrizo 5e is a battery-electric vehicle with a stated range of 400km. The Arrizo 5e joins several electric models that were launched this year, and will easily be the most affordable of the group.