As summer goes into full swing, there are countless reasons for people to get into the mood of fun and excitement. And as the weather heats up, so does everyone’s eagerness to explore and experience new things. But for car lovers and motor enthusiasts, nothing triggers their enthusiasm more than the chance to get up close and personal with the latest car launches of the season.
Now on its 15th year, the much-anticipated Manila International Auto Show or MIAS 2019 is back to host another explosive event that will surely stir-up the thrill among automotive junkies. As a little teaser for what’s in store, here’s a roundup of the hottest cars that will be showcased at MIAS 2019 this April.
The Kia’s first model to be launched under new distributor Ayala Corporation. The Soluto EX has many standard convenience and comfort features at a reasonable price point. The second new Kia model will be unboxed at MIAS
Though all too familiar in plain sight, the all-new Subaru Forester has been redesigned from ground up. Pegged as the roomiest and most capable Forester, the vehicle also boasts of an EyeSight driver-assist technology, a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine paired with CVT, and an active torque vectoring which improves the Forester’s handling and stability.
A most welcome upgrade to the top-selling Ertiga, the all-new Ertiga MPV promises more interior space for passengers and luggage with its 130mm increase in length. With its flexible seating with sliding second-row seats and split-fold third row, the car can adapt to different needs. Meanwhile, its new grille and more pronounced shoulder lines are the exterior highlights. The inside boasts of a seven-seat interior, multiple USB power ports, second and third-row aircon, touchscreen audio, and available wood-design accents.
Known for offering businesses and Filipino families affordable and practical vehicle options, Foton will be unveiling another competitive range of mixed-use vehicles. Among these include the Gratour iM6, new TM variants of its mini-truck line, as well as updates to the 19-seater Traveller XL van, the 12- and 17-foot Tornado truck with van, the ETX-N cargo and crane truck, and the Hurricane EST-M with 20 and 22-foot capacity.
One of the most highly anticipated launches this year is the all-new Suzuki Jimny. Carrying on with the small but capable tradition of the model, the venerable mini-SUV now comes with a ladder-frame chassis, rigid axle suspension with coil springs, 210mm ground clearance, and a four-wheel drive with low-range transfer case. The Jimny will be powered by a 1.5-liter gasoline engine which makes it ideal in these expensive times.
Tech and automotive aficionados are in for a treat as Nissan unveils the Nissan Intelligent Mobility at this year’s MIAS. What was once the stuff of science fiction is now a reality with Nissan’s innovative technology that lets Cars Park themselves, watch what’s happening around the vehicle, and even keep its passengers out of trouble!
A revered British brand best known for its sports cars, Morris Garages will be unveiling its first entry into the SUV segment with a compact crossover SUV – the GS. Featuring sharp styling, crisp lines, muscular archers, and a semi-fastback roofline, the SUV brandishes a tough, sporty, yet stylish aesthetic. Inside, the same crisp modern lines grace its dashboard while rear aircon vents on some variants as well as adjustable rear backrests ensure rear passenger comfort.
Hyundai Santa Fe
Those who seek a premium SUV can consider the latest edition of Hyundai’s Santa Fe. at P2.338 million, the Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 R CRDi GLS 2WD is a good offering in the premium segment.
Catch all these cars and so much more at “MIAS 2019: Experience Fun and Function” this April 4 to 7, from 10:00 am to 10:00pm at the World Trade Center Manila and North Wing. For more information, visit manilaautoshow.com and follow @mias on Facebook and @mias.ph on Instagram.