MANILA: In recent times, the demand for crossovers has been deliberately increased comparatively. The increase in city traffic has made people opt for compact vehicles rather than a big bold vehicle. A crossover is something that comes in a compact design and offers you luxury of a complete SUV. In other words, it fills the gap between a hatchback and a SUV. A crossover holds much sporty look and spacious cabin that are dedicated to provide high level of driving experience in city and highways. We at CarBay believe that a crossover comes with an optimized build quality and dedicated to fulfill buyers desire. So, We are listing some prominent crossovers of the decade that can give you a better idea about what crossovers are meant to offer.
Mazda started production of CX-5 around the year 2012 for the upcoming model line up. This compact crossover SUV is known for manufacturing classy and versatile vehicle which is meant to face ultimate challenge from other automakers in the segment. Also, CX-5 is the first crossover of its kind that follows the KODO-Soul of Motion designing concept imparting sporty outlook. The bold and aggressive looks might match the lifestyles of people coming from different areas of society.
CX-5 is available in following variants namely, 2.5-liter CX-5 AWD Sport, 2.0-liter CX-5 FWD Pro, and 2.0-liter CX-5 FWD Maxx. The 2015 CX-5 basic trim is powered by either a 2.5 or a 2.0-litre engine wherein the first is capable to deliver 188 PS of maximum power and peak torque of 240 Nm, and the second gives maximum power output of 155 PS and a peak torque of 200 Nm.
Chevrolet Philippines has decided to launch its subcompact crossover “Trax” in October. The reason behind such a good response is that the automaker manage to gather huge attention during this year's Manila International Auto Show. FYI, it was initially introduced in South Korea and Mexico during 2013, then moved to United States last year, and recently debuted in Indonesia at GIIAS 2015. Now, it will be officially available in Philippines too.
Trax will be made available in two variants only. Both will be powered by 1.4-liter turbo petrol engine which can produce maximum power of 140 hp and a peak torque of 200 Nm, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Thus, making it decent for city and highway drives. The best news for the Filipinos is that Chevrolet Trax will be the first model to offer Chevy's Complete Care Package at no additional cost to buyers.
Ford EcoSport is essentially a premium compact crossover drive which is affordable, dynamic and reliable. It comes with efficient EcoBoost featured engine which is dedicated to deliver better fuel economy and more power than naturally aspirated engine. In Philippines the model is available in three variants, namely, Titanium, Trend and Ambient. The said variants are equipped with 1.5 litre engine capable of generating 108 hp of peak power and a peak torque of 142 Nm at 4500 rpm. Ford Ecosport is seamlessly fast and responsive in its class as it hardly takes 11.6 secs to complete 100 kmph benchmark holding a top speed of 175 kmph. It also offers a decent offers the fuel economy of 15.8 kmpl.
The i20 Cross Sport, Hyundai’s contender in the compact crossover segment, is a combination of the sporty looks of a hatchback and holds extreme capabilities of an SUV. Its large 190 mm ground clearance helps it go smooth along rough surfaces and flood areas. The new i20 cross sport is based on the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 that provides a proper aerodynamic capability. The front profile comes with aggressive front grille along with projector headlamp that gives it a bold and aggressive image. Cross Sport comes with a 1.4L petrol engine that can produce up to 100 hp of maximum power, mated to either a 6-speed MT or 4-speed AT. i20 cross sport also comes in a 1.4L diesel variant, mated to a 6-speed MT. Undoubtedly, i20 crossover is dedicated to offer smooth and luxurious ride along long routes and city traffic. Moreover, the i20 Cross Sport comes with convenient seat configurations to accommodate more luggage in the rear.