Updated Ford Ranger Debuts In The Philippines (With Video)

Just months after its world debut in Thailand, the 2016 Ford Ranger has quickly reached our shores, bringing extensive updates inside and out to the Philippines’ best selling pick-up truck for 2015. Now that our market is filled with new pick-up trucks from most of the major brands, your decision in buying a new truck has just gotten harder.

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The exterior changes are noticeable, starting with the trapezoidal grille. It’s bolder and has a look that’s more in line with the Ford Everest, an SUV based on the Ranger. New, sleeker projector headlamps, and dark elements featuring liquid metallic grey finishes highlight the more aggressive elements of the Wildtrak variants. Chili Orange has now been replaced by a brighter shade called Pride Orange.

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Inside, the changes are more pronounced, and again, in order to make it in line with the Ford Everest.The dashboard has a predominantly horizontal design, and for the Wildtrak variants, the dashboard is dominated by Ford’s SYNC 2, also known as MyFord Touch. Also unique to the Wildtrak variants are premium design elements such as the orange and grey interior highlights, and the leather stitched dashboard.

The Ford Ranger soldiers on with two powertrain choices, a 2.2 liter 4-cylinder and a 3.2 liter 5-cylinder Duratorq engine. For the 3.2 liter, power remains unchanged, at 200 hp and 470 Nm of torque. The 2.2 liter, however, receives substantial changes. It now produces 160 hp and 385 Nm of torque, and both engines can be mated either to a 6-Speed Manual or Automatic transmission, regardless of variant. The biggest mechanical change, however, is the move form a hydraulic assist to an electric power steering.

The Ford Ranger’s safety credentials are already class leading, and this facelift places the Ford Ranger even further ahead. Apart from the plethora of standard electronic aids such as Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, and Trailer Sway Control, from the XLT variants up, the 3.2 Wildtrak variants add more sophisticated active driver assist systems, namely radar guided Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Aid (in which the system adds steering inputs to keep the car in center), and Forward Collision Alert and Mitigation. These active convenience and safety features should make driving a pick-up truck more and more sophisticated and comfortable.

Since these updates are as extensive as they can get, the Ford Ranger’s pricing increases noticeably. The following are the prices for the new Ford Ranger.

  • 2.2 4×2 XLS MT – P 1,039,000
  • 2.2 4×4 XLS MT – P 1,199,000
  • 2.2 4×2 XLT MT – P 1,219,000
  • 2.2 4×2 XLT AT – P 1,279,000
  • 2.2 4×2 Wildtrak MT – P 1,360,000
  • 2.2 4×2 Wildtrak AT – P 1,420,000
  • 2.2 4×4 Wildtrak MT – P 1,470,000
  • 2.2 4×4 Wildtrak AT – P 1,530,000
  • 3.2 4×4 Wildtrak MT – P 1,619,000
  • 3.2 4×4 Wildtrak AT – P 1,679,000

Lexus Manila Launches The Updated ES 350

The Lexus ES 350 is somehow overlooked by many people in the Lexus line-up. It’s a midsize sedan that has suffered from the stigma that it’s merely a glorified Camry. While that may be true in the past, the ES 350 isn’t anymore a glorified Camry. Rather, it is now based on Toyota’s full size American sedan called the Avalon, which is only sold in North America and the Middle East, which somehow still qualifies the ES 350 as uniquely a Lexus and not merely a glorified Toyota in our market. It isn’t helped by the fact that the compact RWD Lexus IS 350 sport sedan and the midsize RWD GS 350 sport sedan are favored over this midsize FWD luxury sedan. Perhaps the market positioning of the ES is to be an entry level midsize sedan, in which the ES doesn’t have any competition with. Lexus has constantly updated the Lexus ES, bringing excitement over this sedan over the years, and this facelift elevates the adrenaline of this car even more.

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The German brands, when it comes to facelifts, are generally hard to notice, especially BMW. Lexus, however, does things differently. Their facelifts are instantly recognizable, starting with this newly redesigned grille. It’s big, brash, and aggressive. Wrapped in satin chrome finish, the spindle grille is more “in-your-face” than ever. Full-LED headlamps with the ever so striking L-shaped LED daytime running lights complete the new, aggressive fascia of the Lexus ES. New LED tail light graphics and rear chrome garnish round up the exterior updates for the ES.

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Inside, the interior has received relatively minor changes when compared to the exterior. An updated steering wheel design, new color 4.2 inch TFT LCD in between the gauge, are some of the updates that were made to the interior. The most noticeable among the changes, however, are the new two-tone color and wood choices for the interior, Topaz Brown, Ivory, Moonstone and Black in embossed leather. New interior trim choices have also been added in addition to the Bird’s Eye Maple that is fitted as standard, which are matte-finished Bamboo and Shimamoku, which first premiered in the Lexus LS.

Powertrain remains unchanged, still powered by a 268 hp 3.5 liter V6, mated to a 6-Speed Automatic. However, the new, sportier face is not only for show, as Lexus has updated the structure of the vehicle. Chassis bracing derived from the sporty Lexus IS has been adapted onto the ES, and sound insulation has been added behind the dashboard to further isolate engine noise.

Perhaps one of my favorite features in the new Lexus ES are the new color choices, namely Amber, Deep Blue, Graphite Black, and Sonic Quartz. What makes these colors so special? Well, apart from the fact that the new colors simply look cool, they have a self-restoring coat, which means the clear coat has the ability to repair itself even from light scratches and those infamous swirl marks.

Consequently, these updates have lead to a P100,000 price increase, now at P3,658,000, but considering the size of this sedan and the amount of features you get, the ES 350 still remains a good value.

The Facelifted Chrysler 300C Is Now In The Philippines

The Philippines is unique among its ASEAN peers when it comes to the cars on sale. We are the only ASEAN nation with a left hand drive configuration, so what does a configuration have to do with us being unique? Well, apart from being the only LHD country, we are lucky and fortunate enough to have a huge variety of cars, and the Chrysler 300C is one of them. While available in an RHD configuration, it wasn’t until the second generation when the 300C became available to RHD markets, and now, the facelifted, second generation Chrysler 300C is now here.

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The Chrysler is one of my favorite large sedans. It’s big, brash, and bold, and somehow, this large American sedan got infused with a bit of European soul, which isn’t a surprise considering Fiat now owns the Chrysler group. New for 2015 is a redesigned front end, incorporating a larger grille, redesigned Bi-Xenon headlamps with C-shaped LED daytime running lights, and in the rear, revised LED tail light graphics.

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Inside, the Chrysler 300C also receives a few notable changes. Chrysler’s excellent and user friendly UConnect system remains unchanged, but the materials and build quality have been improved all around. The climate control and radio buttons have been redesigned for a more user friendly experience, and a new large LCD screen now sits in between the analogue gauges. Perhaps the most noticeable change is the omission of a gear lever, in place of a space saving knob, a design trait that first premiered in the Chrysler 200 midsize sedan.

In terms of safety, the Chrysler 300C gains a new Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning. Basically, the system can bring the vehicle to slow down, or come to a complete stop, depending on the speed. Unlike most systems, the FCW is active at all speeds, hence its name. A nifty new feature is called the Anti-Tilt feature, in which the car blares once it senses it is being lifted or jacked up. Other active safety features, such as Blind Spot Warning, radar guided Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Keep Assist, now being able to make steering corrections, remain as standard features.

Power hungry people, however, won’t be happy to know that the Chrysler 300C’s 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 engine is down on power and torque. The engine now produces 286 hp vs 292 hp, and 340 Nm of torque vs 350 on the previous V6. However, don’t fret because thanks to a new ZF 8-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sport Mode, shifts can be done from 400 milliseconds in Normal to 250 milliseconds in Sport, so those who are betting themselves on a drag race won’t have to fret, as 0-100 km/h acceleration times remain unchanged. On the upside of these things, fuel economy is expected to be better than the previous models.

So if you happen to have P3,550,000 lying around your big-ass house, you know where to spend it.

Peugeot Philippines Launches The Updated 508

Eurobrands Distributor Inc. has launched the facelifted 508, the brand’s Camry fighting midsize sedan. Ever since its arrival in the Philippines, the Peugeot 508 has proved to be a venerable competitor from the European side of mainstream cars. It has proven to be an excellent choice in a segment dominated by mainly Japanese midsize sedans.

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On the outside, the facelifted Peugeot 508 looks better than ever. The original 508 is already a looker. Though not as fluidic and as striking as the Mazda 6, its design uses cleaner, more straightforward lines and curves, which immediately makes it a distinctively European design. This facelifted model makes use of Bi-LED headlamps, revised LED tail lights now done in LED tubes, and a revised front fascia that is inspired from the Peugeot Exalt concept.

Inside, not much has changed over the previous model. The biggest change, however, is in the infotainment system. Whereas the original 508’s interface is controlled via a German-style central knob, the 508’s infotainment is now a touch screen interface. Other minor changes include the HUD (Head-Up Display) now displaying colored information.

The Peugeot 508’s powertrain remains unchanged. The 1.6 liter variants have been dropped, now only retaining the 2.0 HDI Allure and 2.2 HDI GT. Power remains unchanged, with 163 hp and 340 Nm of torque for the 2.0 HDI, and 204 hp and 450 Nm of torque for the 2.2 HDI GT, with both engines mated only to a 6-Speed Automatic.

The facelifted Peugeot 508 will continue to be an excellent contender in the midsize sedan category, and its French charms will keep the public interested in owning a Peugeot 508. It’s about time the Filipino buying public has looked into mainstream European brands, which will surely make our car market more interesting. Unfortunately, now that the 1.6 liter variants have been dropped, the entry price point for owning a Peugeot 508 has now increased substantially. Here are the prices for the new Peugeot 508.

2.0 HDI Allure: P2,190,000
2.2 HDI GT: P2,590,000

After Multiple Teasers and Mall Displays, Suzuki Philippines Finally Launches The All-New Celerio

Suzuki has progressively teased this car to the public. After multiple teaser advertisements around the Metro, and a mall display that was held a couple of weeks ago at Market Market, Suzuki Philippines has finally launched the all-new Celerio.

Let’s face it, this segment isn’t exactly the industry’s most exciting, so bear with us for a moment as your read this. The new Suzuki Celerio is instantly recognizable as a new car from the brand. The design is all-new, though rather conservative than the design it replaces. While it may seem conservative, upon closer inspection, the Celerio has a more mature and more grown up design, which is a polar opposite of the more youthful design the previous generation has focused.

Inside, Suzuki worked hard to make the interior look classier. In this segment of vehicles, there’s really no denying that the interiors of these cars aren’t premium at all, so thankfully Suzuki has managed to make the interior feel more special compared to its rivals such as the Toyota Wigo and Hyundai Eon. Suzuki also claims increased interior space all around, with the boot now capable of carrying 254 liters of cargo.

Powering the Suzuki Celerio is a 1.0 liter three cylinder petrol engine, producing a fire breathing 67 hp and 90 Nm of torque. Duh! I’m kidding. Of course these aren’t exactly powerful figures, but rather, these are adequate figures for the kind of car it is. Power is transferred through either a 5-Speed Manual or a CVT.

There’s only one variant, so there’s no need to fuss about which variant to choose from. The basic safety features such as airbags, ABS, and basic entertainment features such as an auxiliary and USB port, are fitted as standard.

Here are the prices of the all-new Suzuki Celerio

Celerio MT: P507,000
Celerio CVT: P542,000

BMW Philippines Launches The BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe

You simply can’t argue that the Germans always create new things. They created the car, thanks to Karl Benz, and now, they’re creating new types of cars. Well, this isn’t exactly a new type of car, with the original X6 being launched back in 2007, but what was thought by many people as unnecessary and pointless, Mercedes-Benz has followed suit with their new GLE Coupe. Well it seems that when it comes to creating new segments, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are always the ones that either follow or innovate, and in this case, it’s BMW that innovated. The new BMW X6 is now here, exactly one year after it’s global launch.

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I originally didn’t like the BMW X6’s look, but this second generation brings it to a whole new level. The front of the X6 now carries the BMW family look, which includes the now three-dimensional grille, larger LED tail lights, and perhaps my most favorite design element is the character line the runs above the rear wheel arches, which makes the X6 have a muscular rear design. While the changes from generation to generation are rather minimal, they do make the car look more cohesively designed overall, and especially in this brown paint they market the car with, I really think the BMW X6 looks awesome.

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Inside, like the first X6, the interior design is shared with the BMW X5, which isn’t exactly a bad thing, because the X5’s interior is a lovely place to sit in, with lovely metal elements and leather upholstery on the dash and doors. It’s feels very expensive in here, and appropriately so, especially since the X6 costs a whopping P7,790,000.

Practicality isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind, especially if you have a roofline that’s more raked than the slopes of the Swiss Alps, but if you do care, the BMW X6’s interior space grows by 75 liters, to a total of 1,525 liter worth of cargo.

Powering the BMW X6 is BMW’s excellent 3.0 liter inline-6 diesel engine. It produces 258 hp and 520 Nm of torque, enough to propel this 2-ish tonne SUV, or rather SAC, from 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds. Power is sent exclusively through ZF’s excellent 8-Speed Automatic to all four wheels. Efficiency is ensured through BMW EfficientDynamics, BMW’s suite of fuel efficiency technologies such as regenerative braking, air vents the open or close depending if the engine needs cooling, and gills on the side that is said to aid aerodynamics by reducing the air turbulence created inside the wheel well.

The BMW X6 comes equipped with BMW’s iDrive Professional, which means it has the high resolution 10.2 inch TFT LCD screen as standard, which is also equipped with navigation. Other features include power liftgate, dual zone climate control, Bi-Xenon Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights, BMW’s typical Three-Dimensional LED rear lights, and a host of many safety features such as dynamic stability control and cornering brake control.

Is this perhaps your next SUV? Maybe we’d rather wait for the blood thirsty X6 M.

Eurobrands Distributor Inc. Launches The Peugeot 2008

The Peugeot 2008 is the brand’s small crossover that rivals the Honda HR-V, Subaru XV, and Mitsubishi ASX. Almost 2 years after its global launch, the Peugeot 2008 is finally here in our shores.

The Peugeot 2008 is based on the Peugeot 208’s platform, appropriately placing it against the Jazz based HR-V, and also the ASX and Subaru XV. The Peugeot 2008 is a stylish small crossover that is instantly recognizable as a Peugeot. Being based on the 208, which also spawns the GTI variant, the Peugeot 2008 not only promises to be a comfortable crossover, it also promises to be a hoot to drive in the bends.

While the exterior dimensions are definitely small, the interior is actually decently space, which is aided by a full glass roof that stretches all the way back. It does not open though, but at night, it’s still a delight to have one for your passengers to stargaze, or in the rainy season’s case, rain-gazing.

Powering the Peugeot 2008 is a 1.6 liter petrol engine that produces 120 hp and 160 Nm of torque. While it does not sound like a lot of horsepower and torque, the figures are rather adequate for this type of vehicle. Power is sent only through a 4-Speed Automatic.

The Peugeot 2008, with only one variant at P1,390,000, is well-equipped for the price. Aside from the glass roof I mentioned, the Peugeot 2008 also comes with a touchscreen system with Bluetooth Audio and Telephone, plus a USB port. Of note is the lack of a CD player because, well the CD is soon following the demise of the VHS and Cassette Tape it seems. Other goodies include a dual-zone climate control, chilled glovebox for your six pack, six speaker audio, leather seats, and cruise control.

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