Facelift is basically a marketing term used by carmakers. When a car is announced to receive a facelift, that means there is minor change in its design which usually consists of adding some exterior refinement such as replacing regular taillights by LED ones, offering interior enhancement with new accessories and many more. In brief, facelift is nothing but giving the existing product a new refreshing look without having to completely redesign it.
By undergoing makeovers, carmakers seek to strengthen competition capability of their lineups, prevent their products from falling off of the customer radar, and eventually, boost up the sales.
Let’s check out our 3 most favorite car facelifts (in no particular order) in the Philippines this year.
1. Honda City 2018
All-new Honda City 2018 Review & Comparison with Honda City 2017 | The Philippine market
The facelifted Honda City 2018 arrived in the Philippine market in May. In terms of exterior updates, the car, now comes available in 6 different paint jobs, looks slimmer with glossier headlights and upgraded LED bulbs.
Stepping inside, the VX and top-spec VX+ variant are offered with 7-inch touchscreen audio visual navigation and push-start ignition, while the E models are equipped with 7-inch touchscreen display audio. And yes, the engine. The refreshed City is propelled by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine, pushing out 117hp and 145Nm of peak torque.
Honda City 1.5 VX Navi 2018 Review
2. Toyota Wigo 2017
The biggest improvement of the facelifted Wigo lies at its new engine
Although the exterior changes are minor, they still bring a sharper and more athletic look to the car. This is thanks to the redesign of the front fascia, the rear bumper, and a set of 14-inch stylish alloy wheels underneath.
The new Toyota Wigo is a macho mini hatchback
On the inside, it is interesting to notice how the touchscreen monitor is revamped while a new orange stitching has been added to the seats and door trims. Worth mentioning is that despite of its small size, the Wigo actually offers generous interior space, making it be one of the roomiest city car in the Philippines.
The biggest improvement of the facelift Wigo, however, lies at its new engine, which is a 1.0-liter VVT-i dishing out 65hp and 89Nm, mated to a 4-speed auto. All these engine updates allow smoother acceleration with less sluggishness for the newly-upgraded hatchback. Click here to read our in-depth review for the Toyota Wigo 2018.
3. Nissan X-Trail 2018
Nissan X-Trail 2018 Review
Not only bolder in exterior design with an all-new set of 19-inch wheels, a fin-type antenna, and a newly integrated sunroof, the refreshed Nissan X-Trail 2018 is also loaded with a handful of technologies.
Not only bolder in exterior design, the refreshed X-Trail is also loaded with a wealth of tech
This facelift X-Trail is known as the first vehicle in our country to be equipped with Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies which include blind spot warning, a 360-degree monitor, forward collision warning, and rear cross traffic alert. The latest X-Trail is even offered with the 4x4-I System to ensure better mobility. Look through our Nissan X-Trail 2018 Review to find out everything about this 7-seater.