This week, the Manila International Auto Show goes fully virtual, allowing car enthusiasts and buyers to check out the latest models in an interactive exhibition space. On December 16-20, MIAS Wired will be online at www.manilaautoshow.com, allowing visitors to visit the auto show from the comfort of their homes and workspace, or even from a mobile device.
MIAS Wired aims to bring the feel and excitement of the onsite show, while making it safe and efficient for anyone to visit. MIAS Wired continues the auto show tradition of showcasing the latest models and brands. There will be a multitude of cars and motorbikes making their auto show debuts this week:
BMW will be unleashing its all-new R18 motorcyle. The stunning new cruiser is powered by a 1.8-liter 2-cylinder boxer engine, the highest-displacement boxer that BMW has built. With 92 ps on tap, effortless performance just a twist away. Visitors can view BMW Motorrad’s extensive lineup at their virtual showroom within MIAS Wired.
Changan will be launching not just their suprising five-car lineup, but the brand itself under this new distributor. The cars are the EADO EV 460, CS75 Plus, Alsvin, CS35 Plus, and CS95. Each of the cars and SUVs brings handsome styling and modern interiors with available digital dashboards and premium features like panoramic sunroof. In the case of the Eado, all-electric motoring makes its debut under the Changan brand.
Chery will be bringing in some star power to its all-SUV lineup with its Tiggo 7 Pro. As seen on the popular TV show Ang Probinsyano with stars Coco Martin and Shaina Magdayao, Chery’s stable welcomes the Tiggo 7 Pro. The Tiggo 7 Pro has streamlined styling enhanced with HID headlamps. The dual-color interior features a wing-shaped console. It’s powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with 146ps and 210Nm.
Foton will be ready with its new Gratour TM300. With a lightweight chassis and body, the Gratour TM300 is nevertheless ready for heavyweight work with a rated payload of 1130kg. Gratour TM300 can be configured as a 16-passenger van, delivery vehicle, or even a wing van.
Geely made a big splash in the Philippine auto market with its compact SUV, the Coolray. Banking on styling and technology from its Volvo subsidiary, Geely expanded its range this year with the Okavango. The Okavango is a seven-seat SUV with a large 4835mm x 1900mm footprint. Making it unique is its hybrid powertrain, which mates a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine to a 48-volt electric motor. A combined 190ps and 300Nm are on tap, via a 7-speed dual clutch transmission.
Hyundai will be entering the highly popular subcompact SUV category with the all-new Venue. The Venue slots just below the award-winning Kona in size and price. The Venue measures just a tad above 4 meters length, making it easy and convenient to manuever around town. The styling theme is similar to the Kona’s, but adapted to the Venue’s more angular and upright stance. A highlight is the three-dimensional pattern grille formed from black and chrome steel, dubbed the cascading grille. Venue is powered by a 1.6-liter gasoline four-cylinder with 6-speed automatic.
Jaguar will be showing of its new I-Pace electric SUV and updated F-Type supercar. The I-Pace is the leaping cat’s first all-electric vehicle, and what a stunner it is. Its electric powertrain delivers 400ps and a massive 696 Nm of torque, accelerating to 100kph in just 4.8 seconds. Just in time, Jaguar has also refreshed the styling of its F-Type sports car. The car now has a more muscular design and luxurious cabin—quite a place to appreciate its V8 engine with 575ps on tap.
Meanwhile, sister brand Land Rover will be featuring its all-new Defender and Range Rover and Range Rover Sport Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles. The new Defender is thoroughly modern, while still staying true to the extreme off-road heritage of the original model—including withstanding Land Rover’s Extreme Event Test procedure, testing the offroader’s capability to withstand punishment above and beyond normal passenger cars’ and SUVs’. The Range Rover and Range Rover Sport PHEVs are rated with a combined power of 404ps and 640Nm. On pure electric power, they can travel 50km, while the hybrid range is 700km.
Jeep will be rolling out its much-awaited Gladiator pickup. It shares much of its front-end looks with the classic Jeep Wrangler, but it is not merely a Wrangler with a truck bed. The Gladiator was engineered from the ground up as a true pick up truck with Jeep ruggedness and capability. Gladiator is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 288ps and 352 Nm, paire with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Like the Wrangler, the Gladiator features removable aluminum doors, windshield and “freedom top” roof.
Mercedes-Benz has fortified its small SUV lineup, and it will be showcasing its new GLA and GLB-Class SUVs at MIAS Wired. The GLA is the smallest SUV in Mercedes’ lineup , and it is packed with technology. The GLA 200 is powered by a 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This dishes out 165ps and 250Nm of torque. The new GLA is higher than its predecessor and carries AMG body styling with diamond radiator grille, 19-inch wheels, and polished aluminum roof rails. Meanwhile, the Mercedes GLB offers seven seats within a compact footprint. Within its boxy profile is a long 2829mm wheelbase, allowing for three rows of seats.
Aside from the all-new cars and bikes from the Philippines’ leading carmakers and distributors, MIAS Wired will be showing classic and custom cars. In cooperation with Inquirer Mobility and Petron, MIAS Wired will continue its Classic and Custom Car Competition in virtual format. Visitors will be able to look up close at this year’s entries, and judge for themselves which special car deserves Best of Show. MIAS Wired will also feature the Formula V1 Virtual Cup and Formula V1 Fantasy League, Road Safety Academy, Automobile Association Philippines’ Motor Sport Awards, and expert panels on Formula 1 2020, Calibre’s Cars and Watches, and other topics to keep car enthusiasts entertained for the whole weekend.
“MIAS Wired is the first and only virtual automotive event in the country. It will bring together the biggest automotive brands and car enthusiasts to showcase the latest updates in the automotive industry. Participants will have the opportunity to to check the latest car models which will conquer the road soon, as well as get an insider’s access to various car showrooms at the comforts of their own space. The latest innovations and newest automotive trends will also be discussed in this highly anticipated event,” said Jill Ang, Managing Director of Worldbex Services International, co-organizer of MIAS Wired.
The lights are all green for MIAS Wired, December 16-20 at www.manilaautoshow.com