The start of a new year is especially important in the motoring world as every year brings exciting new model changes with it. We’ve been hearing some pretty good things along the grapevine for new models making their appearance this year, and we’re pretty sure we’ll be seeing these models before 2020 is through.
There is a singular reason why we believe the Ford Explorer will be getting a very considerable update soon. The sixth generation Ford Explorer was launched in the US market early last year, riding on the new rear-wheel drive CD6 platform shared with the new Lincoln Aviator. Three engine options are available in the US, namely, a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline four as standard, producing 300 hp and 420 Nm of torque, an optional turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 with 365 hp and 515 Nm of torque, and the ludicrously powerful twin-turbocharged ST variant which makes 400 hp and 563 Nm of torque, all mated to Ford’s excellent 10-speed automatic transmission. Looking at Ford Philippines’ products right now, the entire lineup consists of current-generation models, except for one. Can you guess which it is?
Chevrolet just recently introduced their 12th generation Suburban last December, utilizing the same GMT T1XX platform shared by the Silverado 1500 truck, but instead, utilizing an independent multi-link suspension setup with coil springs. It sports a curvier design all around using Chevrolet’s new design language, and its interior gets a massive overhaul as well. The Chevrolet Suburban’s length and wheelbase have increased considerably, making it one of the largest offerings in the segment. Besides the large 5.3 and 6.2-liter engines announced at the launch, there is an interesting addition of a 3.0-liter, inline six Duramax turbodiesel option which produces 277 hp and 624 Nm of torque, which would make perfect sense locally.
Maxus T60 / MG Extender
There’s a good chance we’ll be seeing either the Maxus T60 or the MG Extender pickup (or both?) on our shores in 2020. You may be wondering why they share the same space here. Both MG and Maxus brands fall under the SAIC Motor umbrella in China, with the Maxus T60 being SAIC’s first pickup-truck built for the global market. It’s powered by a 2.8-liter, inline-four diesel engine that produces 136-150 hp and 350-360 Nm of torque. Maxus has already confirmed a Q1 2020 launch for the T60, but we have to wonder if MG has anything up their sleeves as well. MG’s Extender pickup is based on the T60’s successor, the T70, which curiously uses a different batch of engines. The MG Extender is powered by a single or twin turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel engine that produces either 163 hp and 375 Nm of torque (for the single turbo), and 218 hp and 480 Nm of torque (for the twin turbo).
Porsche Philippines has already confirmed that we’ll be seeing the all-electric Porsche Taycan on local shores early this year. The Taycan marks Porsche’s first official foray into fully electric-powered vehicles, without sacrificing the performance-oriented values that fans have come to associate with the German marque. The Porsche Taycan 4S trim outputs 530 hp, the mid-level Porsche Taycan Turbo produces 670 hp, while the top-of-the-line Turbo S produces 750 hp. All variants boast a range that exceeds 400 kilometers and are cable of quick charging thanks to an 800-volt charging system, which gives the Porsche Taycan enough juice to travel 100 kilometers on a 5-minute charge.
Speaking of Electric Vehicles, the world’s best-selling Electric Vehicle, the Nissan Leaf, has been teased to become locally available for a while now, but it seems 2020 is the year we’ll finally get to see them on our roads. The Nissan Leaf plays an important role in Nissan’s commitment to introducing EV products to the Southeast Asia and Oceania regions, with over 400,000 units sold worldwide. The Nissan Leaf generates 150 PS with 320 Nm of torque. One of its most powerful battery packs, a 40 kWh li-ion battery, boasts of a maximum range of 400 km and can be fully charged in as quick as 8 hours.
By Chris Van Hoven