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From solid introductions of new car models in the Manila International Auto Show last April to the upcoming Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit, ushering in a new era in Philippine motoring with electric vehicles, the anticipation for these new cars are reaching a fever-pitch among the local car industry and community.
This year isn’t over, but car companies are now poised to introduce their contenders for the upcoming cars 2020 in the Philippines. There were some models in fact that were introduced all but suddenly the past year which were not part of our list back then and we were pleasantly surprised with their additions.
Whether a redesign, variant or all-new model, we expect these vehicles to show up for the 2020 model year or not too long later.
Though we are working with the best information available, these forecasts are subject to change at any time. In other words, nothing is official until it lands in the dealer’s showroom. Based on what we already know, the early 2020s are shaping up to be an interesting year.
You can call it a mid-cycle refresh, a new variant or an all-new model, these models are prime for the picking and the anticipation for these models are so hot, that people are short of picking up their pitchforks and marching over to their respective dealers for immediate release!
Philkotse.com team strives to keep all the information on this list as accurate as possible but these forecasts are ultimately reliant on the car companies and are surely subject to change.
One thing is for sure, though. 2020 is going to be a great year for new cars and we’re excited to give you all the information you need about these new and exciting models!
|1||Nissan Leaf EV 2020||Confirmed||Q2 2020|
|2||Mitsubishi Montero Sport 2020||Confirmed||Q4 2019|
|3||Toyota GR Supra GT4 2020||Confirmed||Q4 2019|
|4||Honda Accord 2020||Confirmed||Q1 2020|
|5||Mazda 3 2020||Confirmed||Q1 2020|
|6||Toyota Corolla Altis 2020||Tentative||Q4 2019|
|7||Ford Everest "Raptor"||Rumored||Q1 2020|
|8||BMW 745e PHEV||Tentative||Q4 2019|
|9||BMW X7 2020||Confirmed||Q4 2019|
|10||Kia Seltos||Confirmed||Q4 2019|
|11||Kia Stonic||Confirmed||Q4 2019|
The Nissan Leaf is the Japanese brand’s shot into returning to local relevance. Although EV adoption is still at its infancy in the Philippines, there is an obvious push towards removing ourselves from relying on fossil fuels for our cars.
Powered by a Fully Electric Synchronous Motor, the Electric Vehicle musters 148 hp and 320 Nm of torque with an estimated range of 270 km. The beauty of synchronous motors is that all that power is not reliant on engine speed or RPM as it has none of those. You can potentially make all that power instantly as soon as you hit the pedal.
Another set of good news is that Nissan Philippines has confirmed that Nissan Leaf EV to arrive on Philippine shores by 2020 and they are major stakeholders in building the local infrastructure for charging systems with the pilot run around the capital. It’s a great time to be alive!
Nissan Leaf has been confirmed to release in 2020
The Mitsubishi Montero Sport is a class-leading vehicle and is proof that Mitsubishi is serious about being the leader in trucks and SUVs. The dynamic shield design creates a dynamic and aggressive front fascia that stands out from the pack in the PPV market.
The Philkotse team loves the design, but then Mitsubishi released the 2019 Mitsubishi Strada came out of nowhere and surprised us with its much-improved bumper. It made us dream of the same design being slapped on to the Montero Sport. I never thought I would be so excited over a simple refresh.
Multiple leaked photos of the Montero Sport doesn’t help satiate our desire for the new refreshed model as Mitsubishi cleverly camouflaged it to hide its design. It will still be powered by the same engine and produce the same power figures but color us intrigued for the upcoming release.
Reports have surfaced that the model will be unveiled in Thailand this July 25th with local sales to be announced not long after.
Some spy shots of the Montero Sport facelift has been surfaced online while testing in Northern Sweden
Nissan has it’s GT-R, Honda its Civic Type-R and even Chevrolet made their Corvette available for the local market. It has been a while since Toyota in the Philippines introduced a halo car to hover above all its sales leaders, but with the introduction of the Toyota Supra to our shores, they just became the top-dog.
The Toyota Supra line has long retained its iconic status ever since the 90s when Bryan O’Connor smoked a fancy Ferrari F355 in the first The Fast and the Furious movie and with average prices for used Fourth-Generation Toyota Supras maintaining their premium prices, you just know that a Fifth-Gen release will bring in car buyers crashing the front doors to get their hands on a unit.
Developed in partnership with BMW and based on the BMW Z4, it is powered by either a 2 liter inline-4 or 3-liter inline-6 turbocharged engine creating 255 hp and 335 hp respectively. Both models utilize an 8-speed automatic transmission and just like the previous model is in a Rear-Wheel Drive configuration.
As of this writing, the Toyota Supra has now been introduced to our market and sales will begin shortly as a 2020 model.
Fifth-gen Supra will break down the doors at Toyota Dealerships
The latest iteration of the Honda Accord has long been introduced globally and has made quite a stir thanks to its Turbocharged VTEC engine and bold styling. Although the Toyota Camry beat it to the punch this year with a local release, Honda fans have been anticipating its announcement and release.
Hope does spring eternal with the new model being introduced at the 2019 Bangkok International Motor Show earlier this year. Since the release of Honda Accord in our ASEAN neighbor, it is safe to say it will be available here as well.
The Honda Accord available in their shores is the 1.5-liter turbo VTEC engine that makes 187 hp and 243 Nm of torque with a Hybrid option available. Honda gives you 10 forward speeds with their automatic transmission, although personally I still wish they bring the 6-speed manual version, one can dream, right?
The model will also make an introduction on the 18th of this month at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show in Tangerang, Indonesia giving the Philippines hope for a late 2019 or early 2020 release.
Honda fans have been anticipating for the debut of Honda Accord 2020
Mazda has always been at the forefront of technology with the internal combustion engine. From the Wankel Rotary to the Sky-Active engine their research and development team worked tirelessly to create new ways to propel cars the way we know it.
The all-new 4th Generation Mazda 3 will bring forth a new development with the introduction of the SkyActive-X engine, a combustion system where engine compression is significantly increased to burn fuel more efficiently to create more power and increase fuel efficiency and recent tests have shown very promising results.
The 2-liter Sky-Active engine creates 190 hp and 280 Nm of torque, all from a Naturally aspirated engine. These figures have never been seen from an engine with similar displacement.
The Mazda 3 has been announced for release earlier this year, showcasing this technology wrapped in a very sporty and attractive Kodo Design. Mazda is positioning itself as Japan’s premium car brand and it shows with the build quality and design language. A local wide release is scheduled for late 2019 to early 2020.
Mazda is positioning itself as Japan’s premium car brand
If the Toyota Camry beat the Honda Accord with releasing first in the Philippines, they sure got the short end of the stick when it comes to their compact sedans. The Honda Civic has enjoyed a significant lead in sales compared to its natural competitor, the Toyota Corolla Altis.
This year, Toyota is gearing up for a return in a big way with the release of the 12th Generation of their iconic sedan.
Featuring a radical redesign from the outgoing model, The New Corolla Altis is based on Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) GA-C platform found in the new Prius and CH-R. The ASEAN model is rumored to be available with a 1.6 and 1.8 engine.
Reports have indicated that the model will be available in the Thailand beginning August this year, and hopefully to the Philippine market not long after that. We can most likely expect a new Toyota Corolla Altis at the end of the 4th Quarter 2019.
Toyota Corolla is gearing up for a return in a big way
Much like the Strada and Montero Sport, the release of the Ford Ranger Raptor 2019 gave fans wild dreams of what a potential Ford Everest “Raptor” would look like. If the Everest Bi-Turbo and the Ranger Raptor’s power figures were any indication the 2-liter engine bi-turbo diesel engine pushes out 210 hp and 500 Nm of torque, beastly figures that are the best in their respective classes.
You can chalk this up more in the rumor department but multiple sources from Ford have indicated that the beast does exist and a planned announcement is set for the First Half of 2020.
You can chalk this up more in the rumor department
You’ve seen the memes for these cars. With their over-sized Kidney Grill, the internet seems to be fascinated with the latest iteration of the BMW 7 Series and X7 Luxury SUV. Introduced and released internationally at the beginning of the year, 2 of BMW's flagship marques offer top-notch luxury and motoring decadence.
Powering the 745e is a 3 liter inline-6 turbocharged engine with designation called the xDrive45e paired to an electric drive motor combining for a total output of 394 hp and a staggering 600 Nm of torque, the BMW 745e has a 0-100 km/h rating of a little less over 5 seconds.
No one would be laughing at that over-sized grill once they get left in the dust by this PHEV.
Local sources from within BMW have indicated a release for the 745e at 4Q of this year for a 2020 model year release.
The BMW 745e offers top-notch luxury and motoring decadence
BMW also has its ultra Luxury SUV, the BMW X7 on the horizon, with a confirmed release for this 4Q 2019. The new BMW X7 doesn't have an electric motor to assist its propulsion but makes up for it with a 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 churning out a mind-blowing 523 hp and 750 Nm of torque.
This propels the behemoth from 0-100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds. Information about the X7 is already posted on BMW Philippines' website and we were informed of a 4Q 2019 release. It seems like we now have a new aspirational car if we do win the lottery.
The BMW X7 is surely one of the upcoming cars 2020 in the Philippines
Earlier this year Kia Philippines has announced that they would not be releasing the updated Kia Soul in the Philippine Market but will instead be replacing it with another model. They’ve dropped multiple hints about what it could be and even released the Kia Stinger at this year’s Manila International Auto Show to heighten our anticipation.
Since being taken over by the Ayala Group, Kia Philippines has promised to streamline their model line-up and introduce new and exciting vehicles.
Kia Philippines has promised to streamline their model line-up
The possibility of either the Kia Seltos or the Kia Stonic or even both have long been discussed and the anticipation has now reached its boiling point.
These models are both Compact Crossover SUVs with the Stonic more appropriately sized as a Nissan Juke Competitor and the Seltos, a slightly larger vehicle but can still be bundled within that same category.
The Kia Seltos is the likeliest release of the 2 cars with its focus on the Asian market but we can't discount the Stonic just yet. If Kia’s local releases this year have been any indication, their ability to surprise the market is impeccable with their aptitude to keep release dates and marketing strategies they always know how to keep us on our toes.
It is expected that either one or even both of these vehicles will be rolling off Kia showrooms by the end of this year at the end of Q4 of 2019
The anticipation has now reached its boiling point
So, there you have it, folks! The most anticipated cars for the 2020 model year in the Philippines. What cars are you most excited about?
Did we miss something off the list or know of something we don’t? Please drop us a line to discuss and keep following Philkotse.com for more updates and insights about your favorite cars and brands.