Coming up in 2014
New Cars For The New Year
Though the devastation of Yolanda may still be far from behind us, with much more yet to be done, the stellar performance of the automotive industry continues to instil confidence in investors, giving us a lot to look forward to next year.
Perhaps among the most anticipated events of the coming year is the arrival of a new brand to the current roster.
Tata Motors announced its plans to enter into the country last October, through its officially appointed distributor Pilipinas Taj Autogroup Inc. (TAJ). Serving as General Manager is auto industry veteran Nicky Mariano. The distributor has planned a formal launch for the second quarter of 2014 with a dealer network set up and both passenger cars like the Manza and commercial vehicles like the Xenon as part of its line-up.
The industry is set for yet another shake-up with many of the new cars expected to arrive well within the budget of average motorists.
Leading the charge is Toyota with its upcoming Corolla. As expected, the all-new model will bear a face similar to the recently launched Vios. The Philippines will get the European model and look, with standard equipment like LED daytime running lights, an LCD touchscreen radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, dual-zone climate control, a multi-information meter in the instrument panel, push-start button integrated with a comfort access key, and leather seats on the top-of-the-line model. It could be offered with a 1.8-liter engine paired to a CVT automatic.
Toyota’s offerings don’t end there as a new Yaris and all-new model, the Wigo, will follow later in the year. The Yaris will bear closer resemblance to the new Vios in both appearance and specs. The Wigo is a micro compact segment vehicle based on the Toyota Agya sold in Indonesia and will slot under the Yaris as Toyota’s new smallest model.
Ford’s long awaited EcoSport subcompact SUV will finally make it to market in 2014. Much like the Fiesta it is based on, the urban SUV could be offered with engine choices like a 1.5-liter or a 1.0-liter EcoBoost. The vehicle will initially be offered with a front-wheel drive layout with plans for an all-wheel drive to be confirmed later on.
Speaking of SUV’s, Ford’s second new model in 2014 could be the Everest. Its design was revealed last year in Australia, showing vivid links to the Ranger it is based on. The vehicle will likely have similar powertrains and options as the Ranger.
With the new model already roaming the streets in Japan, the new Jazz is a secret Honda might have a hard time keeping. The new hatchback features more aggressive styling and LED tail lights. Powering the vehicle will be a choice of 1.3-liter and 1.5-liter engines with direct-injection technology. They will be paired with either a five-speed manual or a paddle-equipped CVT.
Over in the luxury segment, BMW will be unveiling the new X5 as well as 4-series coupe. The X5 (F15) will have engine choices ranging from the 2.0-liter diesel all the way up to a 450hp V8 all paired to an eight-speed automatic.
The brand will also separate 3-series coupe and sedan lines with the four-door retaining the “3” nomenclature and the coupe adopting the “4.” The new coupe will be offered with several variants, topping the range with the M4 coupe.
Mercedes-Benz will also bring in the new C-Class (W205) which will bear closer resemblance to the recently launched E and S-Class models. Inside, the vehicle will get an interior closer to the A-Class, complete with a floating center LCD.
Finally, Lamborghini’s replacement for the Gallardo will also arrive in 2014. As part of Lamborghini tradition, the name Huracán was derived from a fighting bull of the Spanish Conte de la Patilla breed which is known for its outstanding courage and strong sense of attack. The new “Baby Lambo” will be powered by a 5.2-liter V8 and paired with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The 610hp powertrain will be able to rocket the car from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 325 km/h.
Indeed the year that’s transpired will be one to remember, yet the all the activity set for 2014 also serve as good reason to look forward to 2014.