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Wheels to expect in 2016

What’s new at the dealership this year?

New year, new possibilities and among them is the prospect of upgrading to brand new wheels or getting yourself your first-ever.

With so many auto manufacturers offering their ‘best’, from compacts to full-size and sedans to pick-up trucks, choosing may actually be the hardest part.

Before you get into impulse-buying, here’s a list of what to expect from the automotive market as we start 2016 to give you a heads-up on what just got here and what’s coming soon.

TOYOTA

2016 Toyota Fortuner

2016 Toyota Fortuner

The country’s number one automaker is set to ring in 2016 with two major product launches, the all-new Fortuner and Innova.

SUV fans have been eagerly awaiting news on when Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) was going to fully upgrade the 11-year old Fortuner and I’m pleased to say that in less than a week, TMP will be unveiling the all-new Fortuner.

The newly designed 2016 Fortuner comes with the latest Innovative Multi-purpose Vehicle (IMV) Platform that the Hilux uses, and Toyota’s latest GD diesel engine with Economy with Superior Thermal Efficient Combustion (ESTEC) technology that was introduced last year.

TMP may opt to offer the Fortuner with a 2.4L and/or 2.8L engine. Both come with variable geometry turbochargers and intercoolers.

The all-new Innova will also get a full makeover with the new 2.4L GD engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. For those who prefer the petrol-powered trim, TMP will still continue offering the variant with the 2.0L gasoline engine and also the five-speed manual transmission.

MITSUBISHI

Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi Outlander

The highly anticipated Montero Sport finally makes its debut in 2016. Motoring journalists were raving about its performance last October, and based on specs alone, they seem to have good reason to.

Using Mitsubishi’s 4N15 engine, the 2016 Montero Sport will have a 2.4L engine with Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) system, variable geometry turbochargers and an intercooler.

It also comes with Forward Collision Mitigation system, blind spot assistance, eight SRS Airbags, Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, Mitsubishi Active Stability and Traction Control and Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution.

Also in the pipeline for 2016 is the all-new Outlander, which was last seen in 2009. The third-generation model was actually introduced in 2012 but it received a major facelift at last year’s New York International Auto Show.

Its flagship variant is a P-HEV or a plug-in hybrid that uses a 2.0L MIVEC engine with an electric motor but in the Philippines, it will most likely come with 2.4L petrol engine.

HONDA

Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar F-Pace

As Honda Cars Philippines, Incorporated’s (HCPI’s) only ‘sports hybrid vehicle’, the new CR-Z certainly has a bit of a rock star status and thus deserves its own dealer tour until January 14 before it goes on sale to the public.

Sporting a new set of colors, Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic, Polished Metal Metallic and the two-tone combinations of Helios Yellow Pearl, Milano Red, Premium White Pearl with a shiny black top, the 2016 CR-Z promises to merge youthfulness and practicality in one neat package.

Other new features include a sporty grille, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), Push Start System, a 7-inch Touch Screen Display with navigation features and a multi-view camera system, new center console, Electric Parking Brake (EPB), Active Noise Control (ANC) and Active Sound Control (ASC) plus wider rear wheel track for better handling.

MAZDA

BMW 7-Series

BMW 7-Series

The status of the all-new CX-3 was still ‘pending program approval’ by late August of last year but it seems to be moving along positively and could make its debut in the Philippines by 2016.

This model is exciting on various aspects, from design to handling and performance.

Recipient of the 2014 and 2015 Red Dot Awards for design and styling, Mazda’s Kodo is certainly is unmistakably beautiful.

But the automaker is more than just looks with how they’ve managed to incorporate the Jinba-ittai (oneness between car and driver) in the handling of the latest Mazda offerings.

Pair those onto a compact SUV with a 2.0L SkyActiv-G petrol engine or if we’re lucky enough, a 1.5L SkyActive-D turbodiesel and prepare to have fun.

Specs aren’t available just yet but it may sport Mazda’s 6-speed SkyActiv automatic transmission with an option to get it with an all-wheel drive system.

HYUNDAI

Launched late last year, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) will make the all-new Elantra available at the dealerships by February of this year.

The 2016 Elantra is longer, wider yet 10mm shorter than the previous generation.

2016 Toyota Innova

2016 Toyota Innova

It comes with 53-percent more rigid body structure yet with decreased Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) and rear aircon vents.

Engine options include a 2.0L and a 1.6L petrol engine mated to a six-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmission.

PEUGEOT

Another model launched late last year, and was initially limited to a small number of dealerships, was the Peugeot 308 hatchback and station wagon.

In 2016 Peugeot Philippines is set to make the all-new 308 available across the country.

Winner of the European Car of the Year in 2014, the 2016 Peugeot 308 comes with a top-of-the-line GT range with full LED headlamps while the rest have LED DRLs.

The Allure hatchback is the only trim using a 1.6L turbocharged gas engine while the Allure and GT station wagon and GT hatchback all use a 1.6L turbocharged diesel engine.

BMW PHILIPPINES

Debuting with the latest BMW has to offer, the all-new 7-Series is set to launch in the Philippines this 2016 along with the updated X1.

The 2016 7-Series is the first to come with carbon bracing, replacing steel and aluminum to save more than 80 lbs.

Eco, Comfort and Sport driving modes are available on the 4.4L V8 turbo that’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system.

And later this year, the first-ever M2 is set to be unveiled. This track-ready coupe comes with a 3.0L I6 with twin-scroll turbos and an ‘overboost’ function that adds shorts bursts of 35 Nm of torque to an already abundant 465 Nm and 365 HP.

PGA CARS

The group behind Porsche, Audi, Bentley and Lamborghini are all set to bring in a slew of exciting models.

Porsche is all set to bring in the 911 Carrera S, 718 Boxster, 718 Cayman and the new Panamera Turbo.

Audi has the R8 V10 Plus, the A4 and the R8, while Bentley will launch the Benteyga and the Continental GT.

Lamborghini will also unveil the Huracan LP580-2 and LP610-4 Spyder in 2016.

AUTO NATION GROUP

Mercedes-Benz has the all-new E-Class coming in around middle of 2016 while Chrysler will introduce a ‘competitively priced’ Jeep Wrangler trim and has also planned to bring in the all-new Jeep Renegade in 2016.

MORE VEHICLES, MORE OPTIONS

Auto sales reached more than 300,000 in 2015, which shows a very healthy automotive market primed for better models in the future.

The more models we get, the better the competition between automakers making it easier for car buyers to get the best ‘bang for their buck.’

If this is the year you’ve been saving up for a ‘brand-new’ or the company car is due for an upgrade, look this list up, do your due diligence and buy the one that’s ideal for you and your budget.