This week in cars: Nissan 370Z PH arrival, Suzuki S-Presso specs, Isuzu MU-X updates

The COVID-19 pandemic has already caused the cancellation of a few launch events
by TopGear.com.ph | Mar 15, 2020

The Nissan 370Z has arrived

“Here’s some great news to start your week: The Nissan 370Z has officially been spotted on Philippine soil.

We saw the sports car firsthand in its Nismo form during the 2018 Philippine International Motor Show. At the time, Nissan Philippines already hinted at a future launch for the 370Z, but also clarified that units won’t be available until late 2019. We’re way past that mark by now—we’re well into the third month of 2020—but we’re just glad that the 370Z’s entry into the local market is finally happening.”

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Here’s the lowdown on the PH-spec Suzuki S-Presso

“By now you’ve heard that the Suzuki S-Presso comes with an ultra-affordable P518,000 price tag. That’s all well and good, but the question as to whether the cost would be worth it remained unanswered on account of no official specs being released.

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“This is no longer the case. Since the vehicle’s official launch has been canceled, Suzuki Philippines has simply posted the specs of its new mini SUV on its website. Now you can judge.”

Isuzu PH updates the MU-X with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for 2020

“The current Isuzu MU-X is slowly but surely getting older. Consider the landscape right now: The Nissan Terra is a relative newcomer, while both the Ford Everest and Mitsubishi Montero Sport received facelifts just last year. The one big competitor that has yet to be refreshed is the Toyota Fortuner, but even that model has received a couple of minor upgrades recently like improved smartphone connectivity and a new reversing camera.

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“Thankfully, Isuzu Philippines (IPC) has decided to slightly upgrade its midsize SUV for 2020. The new infotainment system in the 2020 Isuzu MU-X now has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. It’s no facelift, granted, but we still find the change pretty substantial.”

The Subaru Forester GT Edition is officially available in PH for P2.12-M

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Subaru has now officially expanded its local lineup in the Philippines with the launch of the 2020 Subaru Forester GT Edition.

“In case you haven’t seen it yet, the Forester GT is basically the same as the previous Foresters underneath the metal—the only difference is it has a lot more flair to it. Under its hood is the same 2.0-liter gasoline boxer engine capable of 154hp and 196Nm and is mated to a CVT. The main changes here were made to its aesthetics.

“There are stylish alloy wheels, front and rear bumper lip extensions, side skirts, and a rear roof spoiler that add to the vehicle’s sporty look. Inside, the leather seats have been stitched with a new design. There’s a new eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto front and center, which also serves as the display for the 360-degree-view monitor. Color options, on the other hand, include Crystal Black Pearl, Crystal White Pearl, Dark Gray Metallic, Ice Silver Metallic, Crimson Red Pearl, and Sepia Bronze Metallic.”

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The Nissan 370Z will be sold in April with a base price tag of P2.779-M

“It’s official, ladies and gents: the Nissan 370Z will be sold in the Philippines and will be available starting April. Just a few days after releasing photos of its sports car on Metro Manila soil, Nissan Philippines has now announced the official specs and prices of the 370Z.

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“As expected, the PH-spec 370Z will pack a VQ37 3.7-liter V6 engine under its hood. This engine generates 332hp and 363Nm of torque and is mated to either a six-speed manual transmission with a SynchroRev matching system, or a seven-speed automatic tranny with magnesium paddle shifters and a Downshift Rev Matching feature. Underneath are Nissan sport brakes, a limited-slip differential, and a carbon-fiber composite driveshaft.

“If the 332 horses don’t quite do it for you, you can opt for more oomph with the 370Z Nismo. Its engine has been tuned to 339hp and 371Nm and is exclusively mated to the seven-speed automatic setup. Like all Nismo-spec models, this one is fitted with motorsport-inspired design elements, like the front and rear bumpers, side sills, rear spoiler, and door mirrors.

“So, for the prices: the 370Z starts at just a bit under P3 million for the base manual variant. You can check out the full price list below:”

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2020 Nissan 370Z

  1. Nissan 370Z Premium MT - P2,779,000
  2. Nissan 370Z Premium AT - P2,879,000
  3. Nissan 370Z Nismo - P3,888,000

These are the official PH specs of the Suzuki XL7

“You may have already read about the price of the new Suzuki XL7. If not, you can check out that story here. But now, we can explore the vehicle in more detail, as Suzuki Philippines has officially revealed its full specifications.

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“In case you missed it, the XL7 will only have one variant priced at P1,068,000. While there will no longer be an official launch event due to the current COVID-19 spread, the exclusive deals that Suzuki Philippines is offering for the XL7 still stand.”

The Geely Azkarra will be sold starting at P1.438-M

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“Remember Geely’s mild-hybrid crossover we announced a few weeks ago? It’s here already. In fact, you just might be able to see it for yourself, too.

“The Geely Azkarra, as it will be called, will be on display in a few malls in Metro Manila all throughout March. Sojitz G Auto Philippines Corporation (SGAP) has announced that this will be the official pre-selling activity before actual deliveries start in April.

“Now, on to pricing. There will be two variants available: a 4x2 Premium variant that costs P1,438,000 and a real-time four-wheel-drive 48V EMS (Electric Motor Synergy) Luxury variant with a P1,598,000 price tag.”

Source says a facelifted Toyota Wigo is on its way to the PH market

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“It seems Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is set to reveal its first new model for the year. A source has recently told Top Gear PH that a facelifted Toyota Wigo is set to be launched in the Philippines soon. 

“The refreshed Toyota Wigo will have a redesigned front grille similar to that of the refreshed Avanza launched last year. We have no photos yet as of this writing, but our guy tells us that the front fascia looks sportier than before, the foglamp surrounds have been restyled, and the trim flanking the logo has been blacked out.

“Our source also tells us there will be no changes under the hood, but there will be some nifty upgrades to the interior. For starters—no pun intended—the facelifted Wigo will be equipped with push-start ignition. The A/C controls, just like the design of the car’s front end, will have the same layout as the Avanza’s. Other than that, there won’t be any more changes inside the cabin.”

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Hyundai teases the all-new, seventh-generation Elantra

“Fresh from unveiling its all-new i20, facelifted i30, and Prophecy design concept, Hyundai has now dropped the first teaser images of the seventh-generation Elantra. The all-new compact four-door will make its official debut on March 17 in West Hollywood.

“According to Hyundai, the upcoming Elantra features a design theme called ‘Parametric Dynamics’ in a bid to return to the nameplate’s ‘sports-sedan roots,’ although pretty much in the same breath, the Korean carmaker labels the car a ‘four-dour coupe,’ not a sedan. The new styling is characterized by “three lines [meeting] at one point,” an element that is most clearly seen on the car’s profile with its pronounced strakes and sharp angles on the surfaces.

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“The teaser clip also gives a glimpse of the Elantra’s large front grille as well as the rear end, where the taillights are linked by a full-width light bar.

“In addition, there’s an image of the ‘Immersive Cocoon’ driver-centric interior layout. The all-new Elantra’s cabin is predominantly done in black with some silver and red accents, and unlike the exterior, which has a wealth of triangular shapes, the minimalist interior uses mostly horizontal lines and soft curves. Dominating the dashboard are two integrated displays for the instrument panel and the central infotainment screen.”

The Mitsubishi Xpander Cross launch event has been canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19’s spread has finally hit the local car industry.

“If you’ll recall, the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross is scheduled to be launched on Friday, March 13. Well, this is no longer the case after Mitsubishi Motors Philippines (MMPC) announced today that it is canceling the vehicle’s public launch event in Makati City due to the spread of the virus.

“‘In line with the government’s declaration of State of Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19 today, we regret to inform you that MMPC has canceled the launching of the New Xpander Cross this coming Friday,’ the Japanese car manufacturer announced in an e-mail sent to members of the media.”

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