As the country fights to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control and relax quarantine measures—including the reopening of car dealerships—demand for vehicles is expected to recover. Further fuelling this demand is an ongoing hesitance to rely on public transport plus a growing interest in family-oriented vehicles as more Filipinos will be opting for more road trips in the near future.
“What they may now need is a family ride as public transits—from city buses to light rail transits—and still limited and have many restrictions while transport network services and ride-share services are still disrupted. At Maxus Philippines, we have recognized the importance of our families since we launched our flagship model, the G10 multipurpose vehicle in 2019. Our other models, the V80 van as well as our pick-up, the T60, match the continuously evolving needs and wants of Filipino families,” said Felipe Estrella, president of Automobile Central Enterprise during the virtual launch of the all-new Maxus G50 yesterday.
He said the all-new G50 epitomizes the “do-it-all” attitude of multipurpose vehicles, and is infused with Maxus’ 124 years of British-bred heritage, global expertise and experience in LCVs, making the G50 the MPV that can do “Max more”.
Three variants were introduced: the 1.5 Turbo DCT Pro (P1.088 million); the 1.5 Turbo DCT Elite (P1.168 million), and; the 1.5 Turbo DCT Premium (P1.288 million).
Maxus Philippines GM Reginald See explained that the all-new G50 is an MPV that can take in even more as it is an 8-seater. “It’s ideal for long road trips and family picnics. The great thing about this is that it has the price of a sub-compact MPV.”
With its modern design, spacious interior, superior features, and value-for-money pricing across the compact and subcompact MPV segments, the all-new G50 is ideal for young entrepreneurs and up-and-coming corporate managers who need not just an all-in-one vehicle, but also a “more-in-one” MPV for their daily transport, their business or delivery vehicle, or their weekend leisure ride with the entire household.
The G50 ticks off all the boxes that define a compact MPV, and then goes the extra mile by adding more to the total package, such as the turbocharged 1.5-liter gasoline engine, a spacious 8-seater cabin, reverse camera, Park Distance Control, keyless entry, push-start button, Electronic Stabilization Program, and Electronic Parking Brake with Auto Hold for all variants.
A 12-inch infotainment system serves as the highlight inside as it could display a 360-degree view of the vehicle’s surroundings for additional safety, leather seats are added for the Premium and Elite variants. There’s also a panoramic sunroof, mobile wireless charging, LED headlights and power tailgate are available for the top-of-the-line Premium variant.
To make this new offering more appealing, See said the all-new G50 is available in several unique colors. The G50 1.5 Turbo DCT Pro comes in Warm White, Warm Argent, Metal Black and Water Blue. For the G50 1.5 Turbo DCT Elite, there’s Roland Purple, Polar Ash, and Warm White, plus the Deep Golden exclusive to the variant. The G50 1.5 Turbo DCT Premium is also available in Roland Purple, Polar Ash, and Warm White.
Estrella assured that buyers of the all-new G50 will enjoy the brand’s “Max” quality, efficiency and convenience of aftersales products, services, and worry-free ownership backed by a warranty coverage that is 5 years or 100,000 km, whichever comes first. Maxus Philippines also offers 24/7 emergency roadside assistance and on-site servicing for corporate fleet accounts.
Charles E. Buban is an old timer in the Philippine automotive journalism scene. He first started covering the automotive beat in 2003, writing news and reviews of new models and car tech, among other car-related stuff. When not writing about cars, he could often be seen riding his mountain bike or doing long walks in the hope of catching a couple of legendary Pokemons.