The Manila International Auto Show has been the yearly launchpad for many car brands to reveal their latest offerings to the buying public. This 15th year of MIAS is no different. Even with the automotive industry going through tough times, the manufacturers still pushed through with their much anticipated offerings.
Subaru XV GT Edition
Motor Image Pilipinas officially unveiled the latest addition to their line-up, a new variant of their popular crossover, the XV GT Edition. Equipped with an aero kit, you get a front bumper lip extension with integrated canards, side skirts, a roof spoiler and a rear bumper extension. This also comes with a new set of bespoke 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside you’ll get new carpets and new leather seat designs inspired by Euro grand tourers. One of the newer features the XV GT Edition is the dual side-view monitor system which allows you to maneuver and park in tight spots with ease.
Hyundai Kona Electric and Palisade
Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), launched their environmentally-friendly, full-electric crossover SUV, the Kona Electric. This is Hyundai’s first-ever electric SUV and it has some pretty astounding stats. Its electric motor has 204-Ps of power with 395-Nm of torque, ensuring instant power. Power comes from its lithium-ion polymer battery, which has a higher output than the more conventional nickel-hydride batteries. The battery is light and doesn’t take up space.
HARI also launched their newest flagship SUV, the Palisade, which takes its name from the picturesque and affluent Pacific Palisades community in Southern California, known for modern architectural masterpiece homes and spectacular sunsets. This premium SUV has a massive hood and a large mesh-type grill. It seats seven with luxurious second row captain’s chairs, and the 60/40 split third row seat is power-activated. It’s equipped with advanced display technology with a wide layout. Its fully-automatic air conditioning system allows the front, second and third row seats to independently control their desired cabin temperatures.
Under the hood is a 2.2-liter CRDi e-VGT GLS engine that puts out 200-Ps and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Palisade is equipped with Hyundai’s HTRAC all-wheel drive (AWD) system and has a dial-type HTRAC Multi-Terrain Control selector. Standard is the Heads-Up Display (HUD), Blind View Monitor with Blind Spot Collision Warning, Blind Spot Monitor, Cruise Control and nine airbags (front, side, curtain, and knee).
Jeep Compass and all-new Wrangler Rubicon
Auto Nation Group (ANG) previewed the all-new Jeep Compass, a new addition to their SUV line-up. It combines the attributes of 4×4 with off-road capability, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, superior on-road driving dynamics, and a host of innovative safety and advanced technologies. Inside is a premium interior, from the driver’s seat and center console to the seats and multiple storage solutions throughout the cabin. The Compass is immediately recognizable as a Jeep with its distinctive traditional Jeep 7seven-slot grille. Jeep Philippines plans to start selling it in August.
The all-new Wrangler was also launched at MIAS. Despite new design cues, engineers at Jeep managed to stay true to the original Jeep. It has the iconic seven-slot grille and its all aluminum build makes key parts such as the hood, fenders, swing gate, doors and hinges light and easy to remove. The windshield also folds down easily. It comes with an exterior temperature gauge, front and rear fog lamps, body color three-piece hard top, and body color fender flares. The Unlimited Rubicon was also unveiled. It has a longer wheelbase than its two-door version.
The Rubicon is equipped with the UConnect 4 system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen display equipped NAV, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 230V auxiliary power outlet. Power plants available are the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that puts out 286-hp and 353-Nm of torque and the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine which puts out 268-hp of power with 400-Nm of torque. Both engines have Engine Start Stop and are mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Kia Forte and Stinger
Kia Motors Philippines unboxed two vehicles. First was the all-new 2019 Kia Forte, available in three variants; the LX and EX, powered by a 1.6L Dual CVVT Gasoline Engine that puts out 128-PS at 6,300 rpm with 155-Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, both mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. There’s also the more powerful Kia Forte GT, powered by a 1.6L turbocharged gasoline direct injection engine which puts out 204-PS at 6,000 rpm with 265-Nm of torque between 1,500 – 4,000 rpm, mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
It’s equipped with front airbags, a rear camera, and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) as standard with Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) available for both GT and EX variants. It comes with an eight-inch Harman/Kardon infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support.
The second unboxing was the Stinger. It’s a rear-wheel drive sedan powered by a 3.3L V6 twin turbocharged dual CVVT direct injection gasoline engine that puts out 370-PS at 6,000 rpm with 510-Nm of torque between 1,300-4,500 rpm, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
It accelerates from 0-100 kph in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 270 kph. The Stinger is equipped with electronically controlled Dynamic Suspension integrated with Drive Mode Select, adjusting steering boost, shift points, throttle and suspension mapping. Fitted standard is the Dynamic Torque Vectoring system and the brakes are 4-Piston Brembo calipers and discs on the front and rear. It rolls on 225/40 R19’s up front and 255/35 R19’s performance tires in the rear as standard equipment. There are quite a few driver aids available; auto cruise control and blind spot detection and a 360-degree bird’s eye view camera and parking sensors.
Morris Garages: MG 6
MG marks its MIAS debut with the launch of its compact offering, the MG 6 fastback sedan, which they tout as a sport-luxury vehicle that has driving dynamics that MG’s are known for. The cabin is spacious and finished with soft–touch materials. The seats offer ample lumbar support for a more comfortable ride. It’s powered by a 1.5L turbocharged gasoline engine that puts out 164-Hp with 250-Nm of torque. Driver aids available as standard are cornering brake control, electronic brake distribution, hill start assist and traction control. You also get an engine start/stop button, multi function controls on the steering wheel, and a sunroof.
The Covenant Car Company Inc. (TCCCI) unveiled the Camaro Turbo 3LT RS, powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC VVT direct injection turbocharged engine which puts out 275-hp with 398-Nm torque, mated to an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. The Camaro comes with the RS package, which includes a deck lid spoiler, 20-inch wheels, and an RS badge on the grille. Inside, you get the MyLink infotainment system which has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a nine-speaker Bose sound system. It’s equipped with a heads-up display, which offers three different views and projects data near your line of sight on the windshield. Safety features are the StabiliTrak System, anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), Lane Change Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), engine immobilizer, rear parking sensors, and a built-in reverse camera.
Range Rover Evoque Hybrid
Coventry Motors Corporation (CMC), local distributor of Range Rover, did a virtual launch of their Range Rover Evoque Hybrid, treating MIAS patrons to an Augmented Reality sneak peek of their latest offering which should be at their showrooms soon.
Text and photos by Neil Pagulayan