2016 Manila International Auto Show

Did you catch all the newly-launched vehicles at the 2016 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS)?

This year’s show had a number of new cars courtesy of brands such as Chevrolet, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Ford, and Hyundai. It also marked the official comeback of SsangYong in the Philippines, now under a new local distributor – Berjaya. Here’s a virtual rundown of all the best launches that you might have missed.

Chevrolet Sail

Chevrolet has launched the all-new Sail during the 2016 MIAS, marking the brand’s entry into the local subcompact sedan category. Set to rival the likes of the Toyota Vios, Honda City, and Mazda 2 sedan, the Sail is said to “set a new standard for the subcompact sedans” in the country.

The Sail can be powered either by a 1.3-liter or 1.5-liter engine. The 1.3-liter is mated to a 5-speed manual while the 1.5-liter is connected to a 4-speed automatic transmission.

In terms of pricing, the Sail starts at P688,000 to P818,000 and it will be available in local showrooms by June 2016.

Subaru Forester

The beefed up Subaru Forester revealed at the 2016 MIAS features a restyled front end which we find more aggressive as compared to its predecessor. Aside from the new face, the Forester comes with a refreshed entertainment system, featuring a Harman/Kardon high-grade multi-function touch screen display with connectivity functions (finally, a touch screen for the Forester).

In addition, the Forester features an updated X-Mode as well as a retuned suspension with a stiffer front cross member and new coil/damper rates. Of note, the Forester is now equipped with PIN code access feature that allows users to enter the vehicle without the key fob.

The new Forester comes in 3 variants: the 2.0i-L, the 2.0i-P and the top of the line turbocharged 2.0XT. These are priced between P1,448,000 to P1,918,000.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo

The Hyundai Veloster Turbo is a “sports” compact car that features a sloping roofline as well as asymmetric doors (1 door on the driver’s side and 2 on the passenger’s). It’s powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter Gamma T-GDi gasoline engine the puts out 204 hp and 264 Nm of torque. The engine is connected to a 7-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission with H-Matic.

The Hyundai Veloster Turbo is priced at P1,548,000 with the following exterior colors to choose from: Sleek Silver, White Crystal, Dazzling Blue, Phantom Black, Sunflower, Vitamin C and Veloster Red.

Mitsubishi Mirage

At first glance, you can instantly notice that the 2016 Mirage gets a facelift. It is fitted with a restyled grille and a more sculpted hood. 

Moreover, the Mirage now has Bi-Xenon HID projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights and sits on a set of 15-inch 2-tone alloy rims.

Under the hood, it still has the same 1.2-liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine that can either be mated to a 5-speed manual or INVECS-III continuously variable transmission (CVT).        

The 2016 new Mirage is now available for booking at all Mitsubishi dealerships nationwide and priced at P713,000 for the top-of-the-line GLS CVT variant and P663,000 for its MT counterpart. That’s only P30,000 higher than its predecessor.  

SsangYong Korando, Rodius, and Tivoli

SsangYong Motor is back in the Philippines under a new distributor – SsangYong Berjaya Motor Philippines (SBMP). During the show, SsangYong unveiled its full vehicle line-up – the Korando, the Rodius and the Tivoli.

The Korando is a compact crossover that can sit up to 5 occupants. It is powered either by a 2.0-liter gasoline engine that delivers 149 hp and 197 Nm of torque or a 2.0-liter CRDi diesel engine that puts out 149 hp and 360Nm. The pricing of the Korando starts at P1,090,000 up to P1,390,000.

The Rodius is SsangYong’s MPV and it is available with an 11- or a 7-seater configuration. It is motivated by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 155 hp and 360 Nm of torque, coupled to either a manual or automatic transmission. The Rodius is available in 3 variants, starting from P1,290,000 to P1,590,000.

Lastly, the Tivoli is a 5-seat subcompact crossover that is set to rival the likes of the Ford EcoSport and Nissan Juke. It is powered by a 1.6-liter dual-CVVT gasoline engine that generates 128 hp and 160 Nm of torque. SsangYong says a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission are both available. In total, there are 5 variants of the Tivoli that ranges from P785,000 to P1,080,000.

Foton Toplander Executive and Extreme

The Foton Toplander Executive and Xtreme are new variants that come equipped with added goodies. The Executive gets rain gutters, daytime running lights and leather seats while the Xtreme comes with a snorkel, tow hitch, rain gutters and a set of 20-inch alloy rims wrapped in all-terrain tires. 

The Toplander Executive and Xtreme are both available in 4x2 or 4x4 specification and it is powered by a 2.8-liter Cummins diesel engine that delivers 160 hp and 360 Nm of torque. It’s mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.

Ford EcoSport Black Edition and Everest 2.2L Premium Package

The blue oval introduced the EcoSport Black Edition and the Everest Titanium 2.2-liter with Optional Premium Package.

The EcoSport Black Edition is based on the top-of-the-line 1.5-liter variant. It is adorned with trims that are all black.

On the other hand, the Everest is now available with a premium package on the 2.2-liter Titanium variant – an option previously exclusive to the 3.2-liter 4x4. It is priced at P1,799,000 and is a full P200,000 cheaper than the 3.2-liter 4x4.

Peugeot 308 GTi

The Peugeot 308 GTi is a sporty hatchback designed to deliver a “thrilling driving experience.” It’s essentially the performance version of the standard 308 model. The 308 GTi sits 11mm lower to the ground and it is finished with a two-tone exterior paint. More importantly, the 308 GTi is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 270 hp and 330 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. 

Jaguar and Land Rover

Jaguar and Land Rover didn’t reveal a new model but, they did showcase their most sought-after models in the market such as the Jaguar XE, F-Type, Land Rover Discovery Sport, and Range Rover Evoque.

Tata passenger and commercial vehicle line-up

Tata presented its full passenger and commercial vehicle line-up. The highlight of Tata’s booth was the new PRIMA truck and Super ACE that provides affordable and durable transport solutions for businesses.

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