Are you someone who’s looking to buy a new ride soon? Well, you’re in luck.
The local automotive industry continues to climb out of the hole that COVID-19 threw it in last year, finding ways to bring new releases in despite the current economic uncertainty. In total, 21 launches happened in the first half of 2021. Not bad at all.
Some of the big-name introductions we saw in the first half of the year include the new Toyota Innova, the refreshed Nissan Navara, the all-new Isuzu D-Max, and a bunch of new Ford Rangers. The industry threw in some performance cars and new Chinese-made offerings for good measure, too. Check out every launch below and let us know which ones you plan on checking out in the comments:
“As its name suggests, this is a more budget-friendly version of the sporty Forester GT Edition that MIP launched back in March last year. It’s priced at P1,980,000, just a bit more expensive than the base i-L EyeSight variant.
“This more affordable Forester still comes with the GT Edition goodies, though—it still has the GT Edition’s body kit and exhaust cutter. What the GT Lite Edition doesn’t get are the stylish alloy wheels.”
“As expected, the local D60 debuts packed with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine that generates 167hp and 250Nm of torque, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This is the same setup under the hood of another Maxus stablemate, the G50.”
“What’s new with it? Well, it’s got a new 60-inch panoramic sunroof. Said sunroof has a three-layer shading material in case the weather gets too hot, and a rainfall sensor with an automatic shutdown function in case of a sudden downpour. Both features should be pretty nifty.”
“To be more specific, it’s the Ranger XLS, XLT, and Wildtrak variants that get the subtle design tweaks. The new trapezoidal grille—similar to the one fitted in the Ranger FX4—is now available in these variants.
“There are a few other changes, too. XLT variants get chrome accents on the grille along with some gloss black highlights on the mirrors, door handles, and fog lamp bezels. Wildtrak variants get ‘Saber’ accents on the grille and exterior gloss black touches all around.”
“The facelifted Innova gets only a few design tweaks, but they’re changes you’ll see right away. The front fascia has been made more macho thanks to a more pronounced grille, a bulkier bumper, and some added black plastic trim.
“In the top-spec V variants, the Innova gets a new gloss-black finish on the liftgate. However, only the G and E variants get the snazzy 16-inch two-tone alloy wheels. Other than that, no further changes can be seen on the exterior.”
“Now, here we are in 2021 introducing the refreshed Santana. Aesthetically, you’re looking at a new set of 15-inch wheels and an updated interior. Units also still come with a host of features, with the higher-end SE variant getting a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a six-speaker sound setup, rear parking distance control, automatic headlights, and even a sunroof.”
7) GAC GN6
“Underneath the hood is a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with 170hp and 265Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The brand is trumpeting the vehicle’s space, too, with a second row that features a 190mm wide ‘corridor’ between two captain’s chairs. Cargo capacity, meanwhile, expands to 1,100 liters with the seats folded down.”
“The all-new D-Max also lands in our market with two engine options: a new 3.0-liter 4JJ3-TCX turbodiesel that generates 187hp and 450Nm of torque, and the familiar 1.9-liter RZ4E turbodiesel that produces 148hp and 350Nm of torque. Isuzu says that while the latter has the same power output as before, it boasts improved performance with lower noise and vibration as well as better exhaust emission.”
“What you can expect, though, are a handful of considerable changes to the exterior. The Vios GR-S comes equipped with front and rear bumper skirts, side skirts, and a subtle rear spoiler. It also flaunts a mesh grille up front, as well as piano-black door handles and side-mirror housings (as opposed to chrome and body-colored finishes).”
“The more, the merrier. It looks like this is the approach Ford Philippines is taking when it comes to the Ranger, as the American car manufacturer has just launched yet another variant of the long-running truck model in the local market.
“This is the Ford Ranger FX4 Max, a more rugged version of the standard vehicle built with off-road capability in mind. It carries a P1,698,000 launch price and is now the 14th Ranger in Ford’s local lineup. Just wow.”
“This is the main highlight here: the new Navara’s design. It’s a very, very substantial facelift, and we wouldn’t blame you if you thought the pickup had actually undergone a full model change. The face is almost entirely new, as the V-motion grille is now much, much bigger than before.
“The new quad LED projector headlamps now look more macho, and so does the whole bumper. Overall, the Navara now appears tougher and more rugged, especially the Pro-4X variant with its blacked-out exterior accents, black and orange Nissan emblem, orange accents, and snazzy gloss-black wheels.”
12) Hino 300 Series
“The new truck gets a few changes to its design. The black trim and claddings up front have been replaced with a new-look chrome grille and a plain white bumper. The chrome strip on the grille now also stretches above the headlights.”
“Yes, the Honda City Hatchback has arrived on our shores. Surprised? Well, you shouldn’t be, if we’re being honest—this vehicle’s local launch has been widely speculated since rumors began surfacing that Honda Cars Philippines (HCPI) was doing away with the Jazz, and here we are.
“Excited? We know we are. Yes, this is just a mass-market hatchback, but it’s a mass-market hatchback. We just don’t get many of that type of vehicle around these parts—at least not ones featuring the same level of name recall as the Honda City. Let’s take a look at what we have here, then.”
“The brand is banking on the offering’s stylish appearance and practical size to lure customers in. Despite its compact proportions, the local T-Cross sits on a 2,651mm wheelbase—which Volkswagen Philippines claims is the longest in the segment—that promises ample space and utility.”
15) Nissan Leaf
“The Leaf will retail for P2,798,000, and will only be sold by three Nissan dealers for now: Nissan Mantrade Makati, Nissan Otis, and, representing the South, Nissan Cebu South. To recap the numbers, the Leaf has a range of 311km, has a top speed of 140kph, and goes from zero to 100kph in 7.9sec (not bad).”
16) Subaru Evoltis
“Motor Image Pilipinas (MIP) finally made the announcement earlier today. As mentioned previously, only one Evotlis variant will be available, and it will come with a P3,480,000 price tag.
“The Evoltis is powered by a 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer engine that generates 260hp and 375Nm of torque. It boasts 220mm of ground clearance, a two-ton towing capacity, and, of course, room for seven people.”
17) New Subaru XV
“Now, you’re probably wondering if it gets the 182hp, 238Nm 2.5-liter boxer engine from the US-spec Crosstrek we saw debut last year. Unfortunately, we don’t—local XVs retain the 2.0-liter gasoline engine that generates 154hp and 196Nm of torque mated to a Lineartronic CVT. Of course, Subaru’s AWD system is also still available.”
18) New JAC S2
“Welcome to the refreshed JAC S2, the Chinese carmaker’s first launch of 2021. This subcompact-crossover model has been available on the market for a few years already, and now it’s finally getting a few updates.”
“As promised, Suzuki Philippines (SPH) has officially launched the Vitara AllGrip. This is the new all-wheel-drive variant that’s just been added to the Vitara lineup. Let’s take a quick look.
“At first glance, you might think that no aesthetic changes were made to this AWD Vitara. Yes, the overall shape and styling of the car were retained, but there are actually a few minor exterior enhancements here worth noting.”
“Anyone else here a fan of captain’s chairs? There’s just simply no better way to stay energized (and sane) in traffic than having a ride where you can sit back and stretch your legs. If you’ve ever experienced being transported by a vehicle equipped with them on the regular, there’s no going back.
“Agree? If your answer is yes and you have a modest budget to upgrade, then the Mercedes-Benz V-Class with ‘Luxury Seats’ might interest you.”
“The M3 Competition, the most affordable of the bunch, packs a 3.0-liter twin-turbo with 510hp and up to 650Nm. The engine is mated to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
“The M4 Competition, meanwhile, is also equipped with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo with 510hp and up to 650Nm; and again, it’s paired with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission. And finally, the M5 Competition packs 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 625hp and 750Nm. Gearbox? Still the Steptronic eight-speeder.”
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