Maxus riding the wave of crossover SUV popularity with latest offering
Something extraordinary is happening in the Philippine automobile market. A unique style of vehicle is slowly taking over mall parking lots, highways, and city streets. It’s part SUV, part sedan, part minivan that fits into a just-right size and price range for many Filipino buyers.
Single and ready for an out-of-town adventure with friends? The compact crossover SUV is an excellent choice. Married and need something to haul the family around? Get a seven-seater version since they’re easy to get kids in and out of, they’re great for the carpool, not to mention, hold lots of stuff when seats are folded. Have a young family? You guessed it. The popular choices in this class tend to offer car-like handling and decent fuel economy, along with the utility of a mid-size SUV or MPV. Having a tall seating position also gives the driver a clear view of the way ahead and will not feel intimidated when cargo trucks or buses are in the next lane—in other words a crossover SUV can make the driver feel safe and secure.
Indeed, the value proposition offered by crossover SUVs is winning converts from both drivers of sedans seeking more utility, as well as SUVs seeking more affordable and fuel efficient everyday rides. This way, the rise of the crossover SUVs shows what many Filipino consumers really want from their vehicles: a combination of utility and good fuel economy.
Among the newcomers to this growing segment is the D60 crossover SUV that was launched early this month. It’s the fifth model Maxus Philippines launched since it entered the market in mid-2019 and the first of the five models it has lined up for this year.
When it comes to visual brand identity—something that car buyers often consider if they want to create an impression on the road and on parking lots—the D60’s protruding and massive octagonal grille is a sure deal breaker. In fact, buyers have two grille design choices: the five-seater 1.5T Pro sports a “Cool Black Gypsophila,” which features black corrugated pattern with silver highlights, and the seven-seater 1.5T Elite, which features “Dark Cobweb,” which of course, reminds one of a spider’s ovre.
With a price tag of P1.148 million for the 1.5T Pro and P1.258 million for the 1.5T Elite, the D60 is an attractive proposition for both car buyers considering SUVs or even higher-end sedans and those looking for more seats to accommodate a growing family (the 7-seater 1.5T Elite). Both are powered by a 1.5-liter, direct-injection turbo inline-four, this gasoline engine that makes a substantial 167hp and 250Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
While the D60 shares the same powertrain with the G50, Maxus’ MPV, designers of the crossover SUV made sure the D60’s interior appointments carried a different ambience. The D60’s driver-oriented interior features an instrument panel that seamlessly integrates digital and analog features to provide the driver better and quick access to information. Apart from the flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel already equipped with cruise control, the designers’ meticulous attention to detail, give the D60 that uncluttered and soothing ambience. Just look at the semi-floating tablet-like (8-inch) infotainment system with the bottom half dedicated to controlling the cabin climate and air-con vents.
Measuring 4.72 meters long, 1.86m wide, and 1.736m tall, and with a wheelbase of 2.76m, the D60 is almost comparable to mid-size SUVs and MPVs, dimension-wise.
Both variants of the D60 come with the following safety features: driver and front passenger airbags and side airbags, ISOFIX (international standard for attachment points for child safety seats, electronic parking brake with auto hold, electronic stabilization program, auto brake hold with hill-hold control (hill-start assist), front and rear parking sensors for the 1.5T Elite (rear only for the 1.5T Pro), reverse camera, tire pressure monitoring system, and immobilizer. The range-topping 1.5T Elite comes with LED headlights (halogen on the 1.5T Pro), 18-inch alloy wheels, full-leather upholstery, folding exterior mirror as well as keyless entry with push start engine function.
Car buyers should be glad to know that with these safety features and D60’s overall structure, it was able to pass the China New Car Assessment Program crash safety test (C-NCAP) easily: 91.61percent in Occupancy Protection, 72.69 percent in Pedestrian Protection, and 92.71 percent in Active Safety, for a total of 88.9 percent out of 100, a score that is more than enough for the much-coveted 5-star safety rating.
The 2021 Maxus D60 comes in six colors: Competitive Orange and Polar Ash that are both exclusive to the 1.5T Elite, Warm Argent, and Warm White. The Wace Red and Metal Black are exclusive to the 1.5T Pro.
For more information, log on to www.maxus.com.ph. Even better, book a test drive with any Maxus dealership: Sheridan in Greenfield District in Mandaluyong at (02) 8858-5823 or (0995) 945-9225; Quezon Avenue along Quezon City at (02) 8858-5818 or (0995) 945-9225; Pedro Cayetano Boulevard in Taguig South at (02) 7219-9240 or (0905) 999-0160 or (0925) 810-8012; Madrigal Business Park in Alabang at (02) 8558-5828 or (0916) 994-8113 or (0926) 035-6904; North Reclamation Area in Cebu City at (032) 517-8226 or (0936) 385-7671 or (0917) 544-5440; Mandurriao in Iloilo City at (033) 331-2622 or (0917) 137-4914 or (0995) 447-8427; Araneta St. in Bacolod City at (034) 435-7575 or (0909) 144-9111; and Pueblo in Cagayan de Oro City at (0995) 355-9400.
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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.