Manila International Auto Show 2019: Nissan goes large

Updated Aug 18, 2023 | Same topic: MIAS 2019

At the 2019 Manila International Auto Show, Nissan showcased mainly their SUVs, the Navarra N-Warrior, the Juke Nismo RS & more

The 2019 Manila International Auto Show as far as car shows go has shaped up to be a successful and even festive event which was attended by many people of different backgrounds; car enthusiasts, business people, guys looking for their next family car, automotive related trades and services and of course car manufacturers. One such manufacturer is Nissan, one of the largest car manufacturer here in the Philippines.

With their large pavilion space, Nissan displayed mostly their equally sizable vehicles like the 2019 Navarra, the Nissan Patrol, and the new 2019 Nissan Terra SUV.  The highlight of the vehicles in Nissan’s model lineup in MIAS  comes from two vehicles, one large like the previous listed and a smaller, much compact one.

As for the smaller one we’ve mentioned, it’s the very familiar, popular and yet still quirky looking Nissan Juke. Not just any Juke however because this one bears the name that echoes in the hearts and thoughts of many car enthusiasts for a long time now; NISMO. But for others out there, what’s a NISMO you ask?

1. Nissan Juke NISMO RS

 Well, the word NISMO is a contraction and combination of the words “Nissan” and then “motorsport” and as such is Nissan’s in-house performance and tuning division. Throughout the history of Nissan, Nismo has developed numerous racecars and limited versions of roads cars like the 2019 GT-R Nismo, 2019 370z Nismo and the Leaf Nismo.

As for the Juke Nismo RS itself, it isn’t like the very powerful, GT-R engined Juke R concept which was shown to the world back in 2016. What we get from the Juke Nismo instead is the same engine and powertrain from the 2019 Nissan Juke but tweaked a little bit for more performance.

Nissan Juke Nismo RS at MIAS 2019

Nissan Juke Nismo introduced at MIAS 2019

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The suspension and handling have been tuned for a sportier feel. Apart from the automatic transmission, some guys inquired whether we’ll get a Juke Nismo with a manual transmission like the one they have in Australia.

Outside, the Juke Nismo RS has more apparent changes like the 18-inch allow wheels and more angular and aggressive Nismo bumpers for both the front and the rear. Other notable differences on the exterior include the red accenting typical of Nismo vehicles.

Inside, the Nismo Juke RS gets bucket seats which can definitely hold you in place. Also, the seats and the dashboard now sport red detailing and numerous Nismo badges everywhere.

A front view of the Nissan Juke Nismo RS

The Nissan Juke Nismo RS soon available here in the Philippines

Now when the Nissan Juke first came out here in the Philippines, people were either impressed or interested or just plain weirded out by its looks. A few years later, the Nissan Juke has become quite a presence on our roads and thus it is evident that the quirky crossover has indeed won our hearts over time.

Now that a Nismo version has been showcased at the 2019 MIAS, it’s probably safe to say that Nissan will definitely make the car available sometime soon.

As of the 2019 MIAS details like pricing and other variants for the Nissan Juke are still yet to be announced by the manufacturer and as such stay updated here at for the Nissan Juke Nismo.

A picture of the rear of the Nissan Juke Nismo RS

A rear view of the Nissan Juke Nismo RS

2. Nissan Navarra N-Warrior

Another crowd-drawing display from Nissan at the 2019 MIAS is the Nissan Navarra equipped with the N-Warrior appearance package. This package which some readers will surely recognize changes Navarra to a more rugged looking but definitely stylish vehicle.

A view of the Nissan Navarra N-Warrior's front highlighting the grille

The 2019 Nissan Navarra N-Warrior

What comes with the package is a glossy front bumper, orange highlights on the step-boards and the pieces surrounding the tail-lights and fog lights, a sports roll bar, 18-inch wheels, and of course numerous n-warrior badges.

The N-Warrior also comes with an orange colored skid-plate which definitely says that Nissan recognizes the off-roaders out there and what they need and want from their trucks.

Inside, the N-Warrior Navarra comes equipped with comfortable leather seats and orange accents all around the dash, the center console and on the interior door panels.

For the engine, the N-Warrior Navarra gets the same 2.5-liter CRDi engine that produces 163 hp and 403 nm of torque for the 2x4 version and 190 hp and 450 nm of torque for the 4x4 version.

A photo of the Navara N-Warrior's side highlighting the N-warrior decals and orange accented step-board

The Nissan Navarra N-Warrior's side profile. The orange accents of the step board is an eye-catcher

A picture of the Navarra N-Warriors rear end highlighting it's tailgate and rear bumper

A view of the Navarra N-Warrior's rear end

Pricing for the Navara N-Warrior are as follows:

Nissan Navara N-Warrior price list
Nissan Navara N-Warrior Edition 4x2 EL 6MT
Nissan Navara N-Warrior Edition 4x2 EL 7AT
Nissan Navara N-Warrior Edition 4x4 VL 6MT
Nissan Navara N-Warrior Edition 4x4 VL 7AT

>>> View full Nissan Navara price list

3. Other Nissan attractions

Other vehicles that caught people’s attention Displayed in Nissan’s Pavillion is the all-new 2019 Nissan Terra and two of its versions; a manual, base model and the VL trim. All versions of the Nissan Terra are powered by a powerful 2.5-liter diesel engine which can make about 190 ps and 450 nm of torque.    

Aside from the displayed cars, Nissan also has other interesting stuff inside their pavilion. For starters, a large enclosed display featuring Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility simulator cube dominates their area. This serves to show the various cutting edge technologies in relation to driver safety and driver assist technologies.

Nissan classic cars

Nissan classic cars showcased at MIAS 2019

If one can remember, one such Nissan tech is showcased in the Nissan Leaf’s autonomous driving systems. Other technologies include the ProPilot which is some kind of dynamic cruise control which automatically follows the car on your front while maintaining a set distance all the while keeping your vehicle safe inside your lane.

Another is the ProPilot Park which can take control of your steering, braking, shifting and acceleration in order to assist the driver in moving into a parking spot.

Another highlight from the Nissan Pavilion was that Nissan also handed out discounts for the first 100 purchasers of their vehicles. This was done by sticking your hand in a box to pull out coupons that can start from Php 10,000 up to a massive Php 100,000.

These fixed amount discounts can be applied to all the models within the Nissan brand and will take effect on the model’s suggested retail price.

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Know more about Nissan Navara 2024

Nissan Navara

The Nissan Navara is a pickup truck that is available in the Philippines. Nissan Navara 2023 Philippines price starting from Php 1,071,000 to Php 1,811,000. This price range is covered within the truck's nine variants, with the PRO-4X as the most expensive Navara. Under the hood, the Japanese pickup is powered by a 2.5-liter YD25DDTi inline-4 DOHC turbodiesel engine. Depending on the variant, the horsepower ranges from 161 to 190, while the torque in newton meters varies from 403 to 450. Either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic transmission is paired to the engine.

Dimensions-wise, the Navara spans 5,260 mm in length, 1,875 mm in width, and 1,855 mm in height, with the wheelbase rated at 3,150 mm. In addition, the bed dimensions (L x W x H x H) are 1,470 mm long, 1,495 mm wide, and 470 mm and 520 mm in height. Locally, this pickup truck competes against the likes of the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, and Mitsubishi Strada.

₱ 1,071,000 - ₱ 1,811,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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