“The ever-popular Toyota Corolla just got bigger—literally.
“Meet the Toyota Corolla Cross, the newest compact SUV in the Japanese carmaker’s stable. Revealed on July 9, in Thailand, it’s the latest vehicle to bear the iconic Corolla badge, but it’s a rather different version from the sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons we’re used to. It’s when ‘Corolla meets SUV,’ as Toyota puts it.
“It definitely has the looks of an SUV, with a bold exterior finish that’s reminiscent of the RAV4. Up front is a familiar face with a refined grille flanked by thin, swept-back headlamps. The black accents on the front fascia continue over to the side onto the wheel wells and the side skirts. The rear, meanwhile, follows the same styling with a similar bumper as the front.”
“It’s shaping up to be quite the busy quarter for Ford Philipines. The carmaker just launched the Ford F-150 here in our market, and this week it announced that it will be launching a new model yet again.
“This new model is no less than the Territory, a compact crossover built by Ford in China. We’ve yet to receive details on the variants slated to arrive here, nor do we have word on possible pricing, but we’ll know in a few weeks.”
“Well, this is kind of embarrassing. Turns out that despite sharing the same reveal date with what’s largely presumed to be the debut of the turbocharged Mazda 3, the surprise the Japanese manufacturer had in store for our market was something else.
“This is the Mazda 3 clad in its new edition100 trim, and it’s what Mazda Philippines has been hyping up on social media for the past couple of days. So yeah, no turbo here, but if you add P100,000 on top of the 2.0-liter Mazda 3 Sportback’s P1,510,000 price tag, you get a substantial amount of added aesthetic.”
“It’s hard to believe the Honda Civic Type R’s record-breaking Nürburgring blitz is already half a decade old. While the vehicle no longer holds the record for fastest front-wheel-drive car around the ’Ring—it has since been dethroned by the Megane RS Trophy-R’s 7min and 40.1sec lap—it still has more than enough life in it to grab headlines every now and then.
“The Type R’s latest feat? It set the new FWD record at the world-renowned Suzuka Circuit in Japan. It managed to complete the 5.8km run in just 2min 23.993sec. The time was set by the new Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition development car in February 2020 during its final performance evaluation.”
“As mentioned in our previous story, the 3’s new Skyactiv-G 2.5T engine delivers 227hp and 420Nm of torque. Well, it turns out, that’s with regular 87-octane fuel in the tank. With premium 93-octane fuel, the turbocharged mill’s output peaks at 250hp and 433Nm. Hot damn. This new setup for the 3 comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels.”
“Kia Philippines has announced that it will be bringing in a new model during the fourth quarter of 2020. While the company hasn’t outright named the vehicle, we think we have a pretty good idea what it is.
“The news came via a Zoom conference call with Kia Philippines president Manny Aligada, who shared a teaser image during his presentation showing an outline of the upcoming car’s headlights and signature tiger-nose grille.
“Now, the silhouette shown indicates the vehicle is a small SUV or crossover. In Kia’s current lineup, there’s only one such vehicle in that segment which sports a grille of that particular shape: The Kia Stonic subcompact crossover.”
“These new renders show that the car’s front fascia is still similar to the Elantra’s, only this one has more aggressive-looking air intakes as well as an N Line badge up front. Meanwhile, the side mirrors, side skirts, and window accents have all been finished in gloss black for that signature N brand look. Adding to this sleek appearance are the 18-inch wheels.
“Out back, this N Line model features fewer lines than the Elantra, which give it a much smoother physique. The rear bumper has been redesigned, too, and the exhaust pipes are now more prominent than before. Also, looking at the N Line side by side with the standard Elantra, we noticed that the former looks a lot wider and sits slightly lower.”
“The arrival of the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross in the Philippines was hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Back in March, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines (MMPC) had to call off both its launch event and mall display when quarantine measures were put in place to curb the spread of the virus.”
“We previously wrote that two new Jaguar Land Rover electric vehicles would be revealed in the Philippines this month. Well, the EVs are here, and it looks like our guesses were right—the newest nameplates are indeed the Jaguar I-Pace and the Range Rover plug-in hybrid EV.
“Let’s take a look at the I-Pace first. This is dubbed as Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle, powered by a 90kWh lithium-ion high-voltage battery. Its setup boasts a total output of 395hp and 696Nm of torque, and power is sent to all four wheels via two electric motors.”
“In case you missed it, Jaguar Land Rover just electrified, literally, the Philippine premium automotive segment. We saw the launches of the Jaguar I-Pace and the Range Rover plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV). We’re already done taking a look at the Jaguar, so we’re going to talk about the Range Rover this time around.
“Well, contrary to what Coventry Motors’ teaser suggested, there are actually two Range Rovers that have been launched: the PHEV models of the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport. Both PHEVs are powered by the same setup with a 2.0-liter turbopetrol and an 85kW electric motor. The said setup is capable of 398hp and 640Nm of torque.
“The new PHEVs also offer two separate driving modes: parallel hybrid and EV. The former is set by default and makes use of both the internal combustion engine and the battery-powered motor. It boasts a combined hybrid range of up to 700km and fuel consumption of about 36km/L.”