So, December is coming to a close, and we’ll soon be ending yet another year with the shadow of COVID-19 hanging over our heads. On the bright side, Philippine car manufacturers have already shown over the past 12 months that the pandemic won’t be standing in the way of local car releases.
Below are 10 vehicles we’re really hoping to see in the Philippine market sometime in 2022. Now, some of these are confirmed already, while we’ve yet to get official word regarding others. Frankly, some of these are long shots, too. But hey, year-ender lists are a hoot to make, so we’d love to see yours in the comments as well.
Anyway, here it goes:
At this point, the pickup’s 2022 arrival is a matter of when and not if. Ford Philippines has been hard at work hyping up this truck for the past month or so, and for good reason: This model is the brand’s bread and butter in the local market. Think its new look and some added capability will push this to the top of the segment food chain?
Here’s one of the long shots we were just talking about. Honda hasn’t even revealed the hot hatch in full yet, and here we’re already looking forward to a 2022 Philippine release. But can you blame us? The outgoing model is of the most exciting cars of the past decade.
Suzuki revealed the next-generation Celerio for the Indian market in November, and the launch immediately caught out attention. This wasn’t because of the hatchback’s modern new look, but because of the brand’s claim that its new 1.0-liter engine can do 26.68km/L. Impressive stuff if true.
In late November, we reported that the all-new BRZ was possibly due for a launch sometime this month. Just this week, however, Subaru announced that the model will be arriving locally in April 2022. So, who are you betting will release the next-gen sports car first? Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) or Motor Image Pilipinas?
5) Toyota Raize
Speaking of TMP, the company recently announced that it will be introducing the Raize early in 2022. If the brand follows through on this timeline, the likes of the Honda HR-V and the Kia Stonic are going to be in a heap of trouble.
In November, the third-generation Toyota Avanza was introduced to our neighbors over in Indonesia. The launch there could indicate that a Philippine debut might not be too far off now. With a revamped appearance, a nicer cabin, and new engine options, the 2022 model will help keep TMP among the top players in the highly competitive local MPV segment.
The next-generation Honda BR-V was revealed in September, flaunting a much more premium exterior vibe and added safety features, among other improvements. Honda Cars Philippines has been on a roll recently with the release of the all-new City and Civic, and a local release of the all-new BR-V is a no-brainer considering how enticing a seven-seat configuration remains among local buyers.
It’s been a while after the original Xpander first came out and ushered in a new era of MPVs. So far, all we’ve seen that’s official about the refresh is from a presentation that contained an image of the vehicle. We’re hoping this is due in 2022, though.
Another long shot—local releases from the South Korean car brand have come down to a trickle since COVID-19 hit. Let’s hope we get lucky next year. This brings us to the next Hyundai on our list...
10) Hyundai Staria
The Hyundai Starex, together with the likes of the Toyota Hiace and the Nissan Urvan, is one of the top dogs when it comes to vans in the Philippines. That said, the current-generation model has been around for a while, and there’s already a perfectly fine successor available outside our borders in the Staria. Make it happen, please.
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