This week in cars: Toyota Hiace Cargo launch, Diesel-powered Honda City

There were a lot of launches across the globe this week
by | Jul 19, 2020

The new Toyota Hiace Cargo has been launched in PH

“The Toyota Hiace became popular throughout the years not only for its reliability, but also because it can double as a capable workhorse. It has the core components of a practical utilitarian vehicle, namely: a powerful engine and a sizeable cabin.

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“There’s one problem, however, that keeps it from being a more logical option than the usual cargo vans we seeit has one too many seats. As big as the Hiace’s cabin is, its layout doesn’t really make it the most ideal vehicle for hauling cargo.

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“But now, that might not be a problem anymore, as Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has just introduced the new Hiace Cargo. This new variant is basically the Hiace Commuter, only all of its rear seats have been taken out. This one’s similar to the ‘cargo van’ version of the Avanza we saw a while back.”

The diesel-powered Honda City makes its debut in India

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“Locally, Honda isn’t a car brand that’s known for diesel products. Honda Cars Philippines doesn’t offer any diesel-powered vehicles outside of a single CR-V variant, and barring a sizeable shift in product planning, likely never will.

“This isn’t the case in other markets, though. India, for example, offers cars like the Amaze and WR-V with diesel options. And now, the market can add the all-new City to that mix.

“The fifth-generation Honda City has just been launched in India with two engine options: a 1.5-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine with 119hp and 145Nm of torque, and a 1.5-liter i-DTEC diesel mill with 99hp and up to 200Nm. Both get the option of a six-speed manual transmission, though only the gasoline offering can come with a CVT.”

The Toyota Corolla Apex Edition is one nasty Corollaa

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“‘Puro body kit lang naman ’yan eh.’ No, no it isn’t. This is the Toyota Corolla Apex Edition, and while the Japanese carmaker could have easily taken the vanilla route and gone with plastering a little extra aero here and there, it opted not to.

“Instead of settling purely on looks, Toyota has gone ahead and tuned this thing’s suspension for the track, putting it through its paces around company proving grounds in Higashi-Fuji, Japan and Arizona, Texas.

“Coil springs have been lowered by 0.6 inches to reduce roll and improve cornering performance, and tuned shocks provide better dampening. The electronic power steering has also been improved,  and a catback exhaust has been installed for a more aggressive sound. The brand claims the improvements increases roll stiffness by 47% up front and 33% at the rear.

“Complementing the Apex Edition’s lowered stance are blacked-out exterior bits, some of which get attractive bronze accents. Parts that get this treatment include the vehicle’s front and rear bumpers, side skirts, spoilers, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and fog light housings. The add-ons go hand-in-hand with the US-spec Corolla’s ultra-aggressive face.”

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This is the all-new Ford Bronco

“The new Bronco debuts with a look that combines the rugged appeal of an off-roader and with a futuristic design language. The highlight of the exterior for us is the sleek front fascia with a wide grille and sexy headlamps.

“Inside, the SUV also gets a major overhaul from the last version produced. The Sport model gets a more typical midsize SUV-like interior, while the two- and four-door models maintain a rugged 4x4 look. That said, all models come with plenty of leather inside the cabin.

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“But as different as they may look from the Broncos of old, these new ones can still rough it. The two- and four-door models boast a wide arsenal of off-road tech and features. The Terrain Management System offers seven different ‘G.O.A.T. modes,’ namely: Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery and Sand, Baja, Mud/Ruts, and Rock Crawl. The Bronco also boasts a base 4x4 system and an advanced setup that comes optional.

“The vehicle’s off-road capabilities are bolstered by the highly durable steel chassis, a semi-active hydraulic stabilizer bar, and 35-inch off-road tires. Power is provided by either a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 that’s capable of 310hp and 542Nm, or a 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost that generates 270hp and 420Nm. Transmission options include a seven-speed (six plus one) manual and a 10-speed automatic transmission.”

The all-new Kia Carnival’s exterior looks comfy as heck

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“As far as interiors go, the all-new Kia Carnival’s cabin might be one of the most nap-worthy around. The Korean carmaker has shared the first images of the next-generation minivan’s captain’s chairs, and, frankly, we can’t wait to try them out.

“These initial images show off the upcoming Carnival’s three-row configuration with one of the second-row captain’s chairs reclined. Impressions? We have a few. The first is that those chairs look incredibly comfy, the second is that there’s a good amount of space, and the third is that the center console appears to have been optimized for sandwich storage purposes. The company says second-row occupants will also have access to USB chargers at the back of the front seats. Nice.

“The front area looks just as impressive. Its highlight is a high-tech wrap-around dashboard equipped with a pair of 12.3-inch displays—one serving as a digital instrument cluster, and the other as a touchscreen infotainment and navigation system. The vehicle is also ditching the conventional shift knob in favor of a minimalist dial on the center console.”

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Nissan has revealed the new Ariya EV

“Remember the Nissan Ariya Concept from the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show? Well, this is its production version, and frankly, it’s easily one of the prettiest crossovers, let alone EVs, we’ve ever seen.

“Last year’s concept was a looker, and, thankfully, Nissan hasn’t strayed too far from what made it a promising aesthetic endeavor. The whole look leans towards futuristic, with sharp lighting units, a sleek swept-back roofline, chunky five-spoke wheels, and a unified face highlighted by a massive 3D kumiko-pattern grille and the brand’s new logo literally glowing in the center of it all.

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“The vehicle’s minimalist approach is kicked up a notch inside, where occupants are greeted by one of the cleanest looks Nissan has ever gone with for a car interior. The dashboard features a unified pair of 12.3-inch displays—one serving as a digital instrument cluster, and the other for more conventional touchscreen duties. Drivers are also faced with a full-color heads-up display.”

Check out the Magnite, Nissan’s newest small SUV

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Nissan has revealed its upcoming B-segment SUV for the Indian market, and it’s officially called the Magnite.

“The vehicle made its debut in concept guise earlier today, showing off a compact form (about the same size as a Ford EcoSport)  paired with macho, futuristic looks, and good ground clearance. 

“Its front end features angry headlights, modern J-shaped lighting units, and a rugged grille with chrome bits and Nissan’s new logo. While the Magnite concept has been revealed in full, the Japanese carmaker has yet to show off the crossover’s interior or provide any details for a production version. It did share, however, that the vehicle will be made in India and will feature the latest tech.”

Ford PH has revealed more details on the upcoming Territory

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“We have more details on the upcoming Ford Territory that’s set to be launched here in the Philippines next month.

“According to Ford Philippines’ latest announcement, the Territory will arrive with a 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine mated to a CVT. No exact figures on the engine were provided, but it’s worth noting that the output of the same engine in other markets is rated at 138hp and 225Nm. There will also be two variants offered locally: Trend and Titanium.

“The Territory is set to arrive with a bunch of tech, too. For starters, it gets a 10-inch infotainment display, ventilated leather seats with power adjustment functions, and in-cabin wireless charging. There’s also adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree-view monitor, and active park assist (aka the automatic parking feature) with parallel and perpendicular parking functions. Rounding out the list of amenities is the panoramic moonroof up top.”

Toyota has given the Camry a handful of safety upgrades

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Toyota just keeps upgrading the Camry—at least in other markets, that is. In the US, the midsize sedan was made available with an AWD drivetrain in late 2019. Now, it gets a few more minor changes as well as some additional features all around.

“Aesthetically speaking, the Camry receives only slight changes up front. There are, however, new 17- and 18-inch alloy wheel designs and new exterior color options. Seven- and nine-inch floating multimedia displays are now also available. As for the model line, Toyota has decided to discontinue the base ‘L’ variant. Replacing it is the higher XSE grade that’s new for the hybrid Camry.

“The real highlight of the updated Camry is the new safety tech. With this model, the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ suite of features makes its debut. This latest TSS package boasts a number of enhancements made to its different functions.”

Saleen has confirmed its plans for the all-new Ford Bronco

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“Well, that didn’t take long. Aftermarket tuner Saleen Automotive quickly pounced on the opportunity to work its magic on the all-new Ford Bronco, turning to the legendary “Big Oly” for inspiration. The result? None yet. But this is what it’s expected to look like.

This is the Saleen Big Oly Bronco, named after the famous vehicle driven by Parnelli Jones in the Baja 1000. It isn’t done yet, listed as ‘available soon’ on the Saleen Automotive website, but renders show that the final product should be nothing short of an off-road beast.

“Saleen Automotive has given a breakdown of some of the aftermarket bits it plans on equipping this thing with. This includes a custom front bumper with integrated LED lighting units, a custom forged carbon grille with blue accents, a new hood and fenders, and adjustable roof spoiler, a ton of lights, and ‘Big Oly’ livery.”

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