Jaguar’s BMW 3 Series Killer, The XE, Lands In Our Shores

Remember the Jaguar X-Type? I hope not. That car was an embarrassment for Jaguar. It was neither sporty nor luxurious, and is basically an overpriced Ford Mondeo. It was good, but not good enough for the BMW 3 Series, and the other 2 German brands. They basically laughed their way to the banks. Now though, things have changed at Jaguar. Ever since being bought by Tata, a large Indian company that creates more than just cars, Jaguar became more successful, and the success of their story continues here, with the Jaguar XE.



The Jaguar XE is a dominantly made out of aluminium, and therefore this will do wonders to the car’s fuel efficiency and more importantly for a pouncing cat, handling. The exterior of the Jaguar XE clearly evokes dynamism and contemporary British design, led by Ian Callum, one of my most highly admired car designers in the industry. The headlamps cut through the front fascia, but is interrupted nicely by the car’s front grille, giving the grille a three dimensional look making it look pop-out of the XE’s face. Just as dynamic as the front is the rear of the XE. The tail lamps are clearly inspired from the Jaguar F-Type. Glad to know that rear of the XE is nicely done as well, since you’ll be seeing the rear of this car more often rather than the front.


The interior is a pleasant place to be in. Only the finest materials were used in the cabin. Jaguar’s ubiquitous rising gear selector is neatly placed in the car’s center console, and dominating the center stack is a new touch screen infotainment system for Jaguar called InControl. A wrap around effect in the front of the cabin brings in a sensation of being cocooned, just like how one would feel when driving a sports car.

Powering this cat is a 4-cylinder turbocharged heart. Petrol is what runs in the veins and arteries of its heart, and at full throttle, it produces 197 hp and 280 Nm of torque, mated to an 8-Speed Automatic. Another version of this powerplant produces 237 hp and 340 Nm of torque. Whatever the engine choice is, there is no shortage of power for this cat.

As with Jaguar-Land Rover PH tradition, pricing will vary depending on the options ticked, as most Jaguars are unique amongst each other.

Chevrolet Philippines Unveils The All-New Turbocharged Chevrolet Trax (With Brochure)

The global market is saturated with crossovers, and now, even small crossovers are on the rise. People are simply trading in length and width for extra height. It’s not surprising, considering most people appreciate the taller ride height of a crossover, and the added versatility and practicality only a tall vehicle can offer. With the Juke just recently launched, here’s another newcomer in the small crossover segment. Say hello to the turbocharged Chevrolet Trax.


The Chevrolet Trax stands out in its segment because it is the only small crossover with a turbocharged engine fitted as standard. Styling-wise, the Trax features slightly flared wheel arches, adding size and dimensions to its diminutive proportions. There’s no denying that its looks are mainly for show, since this is no off-roader by any means. The overall design is smart, without being too showy and tacky. The dominant bowtie logo is housed in Chevrolet’s typical dual port grille.



Inside, the Trax is clearly inspired from the Chevrolet Sonic, which it is based. The motorbike-inspired gauges are carried over from the youthful Sonic, as this Chevrolet Trax is clearly aimed towards millennials. Smart design details such as pockets that look like air vents, and cubby holes scattered all over the place mean that iPhones may be easily misplaced easily in the vehicle.


As mentioned in the title, the Chevrolet Trax is turbocharged. Turbos were strapped onto a 1.4 liter EcoTec petrol engine, which produces 140 hp and a strong 200 Nm of torque. Only one transmission is available, a 6-Speed Automatic with manual mode, perfect for the urban environment, since most people find manuals to be stressful in Manila’s terrible traffic conditions.

Considering the prices of the two variants of the Chevrolet Trax, equipment levels are very generous. Standard across the range are daytime running lights, Bluetooth, USB, steering wheel controls, and a plethora of safety features such as ISOFIX child seat points, ABS with EBD, cornering brake control, rear seat belt warning, and 6 airbags. We highly commend Chevrolet Philippines for generously equipping the Trax with plenty of safety features since these safety features are often overlooked by consumers in the Philippines. For the LT variant, Chevrolet’s excellent MyLink infotainment system comes as standard, including a rear view camera, heated door mirrors, and automatic headlight are equipped.

LS: P998,000
LT: P1,218,000


The Facelifted Nissan Patrol Has Been Launched, Priced Lower Than Ever

The new facelifted Nissan Patrol has been launched in the Philippines, and is now priced lower than ever, all thanks to JPEPA. The Nissan Patrol has been a bit of a black sheep in the full-size SUV segment, with the Land Cruiser dominating this segment. This is partly due to poor marketing, and its hefty price tag which almost rivals more luxurious offerings such as the Porsche Cayenne, and Toyota’s own Lexus LX and GX.


Changes are minimal to both interior and exterior. The headlight cluster has been revised, now incorporating LED daytime running lights, while the tail light graphic has been revised as well. The exterior remains as authoritative as ever, a perfect ride for politicians especially this campaign period, as the elections are nearby.

Inside, the changes are even more minimal, but that isn’t a bad thing, because the Patrol’s interior remains opulent and luxurious, wherein its occupants are cocooned in swathes of leather and wood.

Powertrain remains the same, still powered by a 5.6 liter V8, producing 400 hp and 550 Nm of torque. Unfortunately, gas consumption won’t be its strong point because it is still mated to a 5-Speed Automatic Transmission.

Oh yes! The pricing. From a somehow lofty P4,995,000, the priced has been slashed to P3,990,000. A huge amount, huh? This is all thanks to JPEPA, wherein under the agreement, Japan-made vehicles with an engine size of 3.0 liters and above are exempted from tariffs. Interested?

This Is Not A Joke, Nissan PH Finally Brings In The Juke (With Brochure)

I repeat, this is not a Joke. For about 3 years, Nissan has been teasing us with the potential launch of the new Juke. It was previewed in the Philippine International Motor Show in 2012, and it even created rumors that the car will be launched sometime in the same year. It was only when Nissan had a change in management in 2014, now being controlled directly by Nissan from Japan, when they have finalized their plans to bring in the Juke to the Philippines.

First and foremost, the design is one of the most unique aspects of the Juke. It looks very different, and the jury is still out whether this is a good looking small crossover or not, but for me, the Juke looks handsome and appealing. Every nook and cranny of the vehicle is stylized, all the way down to the Juke’s rear diffuser.




Inside, the uniqueness continues. Instantly recognizable is the interior’s center console, which can be matched with the car’s body color. The shape and concept of the center console has been inspired from the design of a motorbike’s gas tank. Just below the touchscreen audio system is the car’s control panel for the climate control and the car’s driving modes.

Under the hood is  a 1.6 liter 4-cylinder petrol engine, producing 114 hp and 154 Nm of torque. Power is sent through the front wheels, via a CVT. All wheel drive is not available, even as an option.

For the Nissan Juke’s price tag of P980,000, the car is very well kitted out. There are plenty of standard features, which include a smart key with push button start, automatic headlamps, touch screen audio system, Bluetooth telephone and audio, and a plethora of safety features such as ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, and Dual SRS Airbags.

It can be credited that Nissan has popularized the subcompact SUV by introducing the Juke. They were one of the first in the international market, but is it too little, too late for Nissan to introduce the Juke here? Maybe, but with the Juke’s excellent pricing, it’s hard to find any reason why this won’t be a success, considering our market is prone to floods, and many Filipino buyers are preferring SUVs because of this.


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Release Thy Checkbook! The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S Is Here!

The Mercedes-AMG GT is a stunningly beautiful car. When Mercedes-Benz ended the production of the SLS AMG, we were initially a bit sad for its death. My emotions didn’t get better when Mercedes-Benz announced they will create a smaller, lower priced sports car to replace the SLS, but when it came out, it was all worth killing the SLS AMG’s life. Say hello to the Mercedes-AMG GT in its more powerful S variant.


The skunkworks at AMG decided that the successor to the SLS should be a Porsche 911 competitor, and that brought a lot of good things to the Mercedes-AMG GT S. Its dimensions are smaller, but it also meant it was a lot more agile than the SLS AMG. Also, the SLS AMG’s gullwing doors meant midgets will have difficulty closing the doors. This new AMG GT S now has a more sensible door design. In terms of design, well, I don’t need to talk further. The AMG GT is a much more good looking car than the SLS AMG. The way the lines flow toward the front give it an elegant yet aggressive and dynamic silhouette. The same story applies in the inside as well. Take note that the Mercedes-AMG GT S is designed to compete with the Porsche 911, but judging by the interior design, is it really aiming for the Porsche, or something much more exotic?


With this being the GT S model, this is powered by a more powerful state of tune of AMG’s 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 engine. Whereas the “stale” GT produces 462 hp, the S model produces 510 hp, which brings this car from 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds. Flat out, (pun intended), it’ll do 310 km/h. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 7-Speed AMG Speedshift Dual Clutch Transmission.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG had a few lasts for Mercedes-Benz. The SLS AMG became the last AMG to have a naturally-aspirated engine, and with the AMG GT being turbocharged, the time to wave our last goodbyes to the naturally aspirated AMG V8 engine has officially came. You truly will be missed.

Anyway, back to the AMG GT S. For all this beauty and power, it certainly doesn’t come cheap, at P14,380,000, but considering what it rivals, and the way the AMG GT S drives and attracts passer bys, it is every bit as worth it. Prepare thy checkbook!



Foton’s Toplander SUV Marks Its Entry Into Midsize SUV Segment


Foton marks its entry into the Philippine market’s midsize SUV segment with their new Toplander SUV, which was launched at Foton’s “The Big Show”, held on October 2-4, 2015, at the World Trade Center.

First off, let’s get off any negativity towards China for two things. First, FIBA, and second, the territorial dispute. Gone? Good. The Foton Toplander is Foton’s effort to broaden its product appeal, as they want to expand more to casual consumers, and not just commercial users. While its underpinnings are definitely from the Foton Thunder, a compact pick-up truck, Foton made efforts to level this SUV at least on par with its Japanese siblings.

Under the hood is a 2.8 liter Cummins diesel engine. Cummins is one of America’s largest diesel engine suppliers, and lo and behold, Foton is actually its largest customer for Cummins’ smallest 2.8 liter diesel engine, selling 400,000 of these to Foton annually. The engine produces 160 hp and 360 Nm of torque. For now, it is only mated to a Getrag 5-Speed Manual, while at some point in the future, the engine will be made available with a 6-Speed Automatic from ZF.


4×2: P998,000
4×4: P1,150,000

2015 BMW Xpo Is All About Sheer Driving Pleasure and How Easy It Is To Own A BMW

The 2015 BMW Xpo, held in Bonifacio High Street, on September 25, up until the 27th, 2015, is all about Sheer Driving Pleasure and how easy it is to own a BMW.


In the event area, almost the entire BMW line-up is on display. From the BMW 1 Series, all the way up to the 6 Series GranCoupe, there surely is a fun to drive and sporty BMW for all types of people to enjoy. BMW, being centered around their motto, Sheer Driving Pleasure, you get to experience the BMW of your choice through test drives of your favorite BMWs.

Avail the attractive financing package promos in order to make it easier for you to own your dream BMW, all at the BMW Xpo. Most of these promos will only available at the event.



If you want to further make owning a BMW even a whole lot easier for you, the BMW Xpo is filled with BMW Premium Selection vehicles, which is BMW’s Certified Pre-Owned programme. To those who prefer buying brand-new, depreciation is their biggest enemy, but for the bargain hunters, such as me, my relationship with depreciation is much more favorable. Buying a Certified Pre-Owned BMW means that you get the similar peace of mind of owning a brand new car, but in a second hand vehicle. A thorough and extensive check-up and maintenance check is done before a BMW vehicle is certified under the Premium Selection Programme.

Two facelifted BMWs enjoyed there Philippine premiere at the BMW Xpo. The BMW 6 Series and the BMW 1 Series.




Firstly, the BMW 6 Series. In typical BMW fashion, the changes are very hard to spot unless you are a BMW fan. The LED daytime running lights have been redesigned, and the front bumper now has bigger air vents. Inside, changes are even more minimal, but thanks to the now standard 12-inch LCD virtual gauge display (for the Philippine market), you can easily tell this is the facelifted BMW 6 Series.

Next is the BMW 1 Series. Gone are the googly eyes of the pre-facelifted model, now replaced with a more handsome pair of headlamps. The LED rear lights have been enlarged, and the tail light graphic design has been revised. On display is the BMW M135i, which is the M Performance version of the BMW 135i.



The BMW 318d Anniversary Edition is also on display at the event. This is basically an entry-level BMW 318d with a few tasteful touches and options. These options and accessories include a BMW Dash Cam, which is an essential in the Philippines because of how uncivilized our roads are, M Performance Carbon Fiber Mirrors, M Performance Rear Spoiler, M Performance Wheels, Alpine Hi-Fi sound system, and Gloss Black Kidney Grilles. If you purchase a BMW 318d Anniversary Edition, you get the chance to win a action-packed trip to Morocco, and see the filming locations of the movie Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.

Visit the 2015 BMW Xpo and experience BMW in a new perspective. Avail the promos and discounts and discover how easy it is to own that dream BMW of yours.

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