There seems to be no denying how much Filipinos love SUVs. Just observe the types of vehicles plying our roads and you will definitely see a bevy of sport-utes of all sizes. Of course, a midsize, Pickup Platform Vehicle like the Mitsubishi Montero Sport cost north of P1.5 million. But what if you could get such a vehicle for the price of a subcompact sedan? Enter the all-new Kaicene CX70.
Yes, you read that right. The Kaicene CX70 costs roughly as much as a subcompact sedan like the Toyota Vios or Honda City. More specifically, it retails for just P879,000. And what do you get for that price, you asked?
For starters, you have a 7-seater Sport Utility Vehicle that measures 4,705 mm long, 1,800 mm wide, 1,775 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,780 mm. These translate to dimensions larger than most 7-seat MPVs selling for a couple of hundred thousand pesos more.
Wrapped in an SUV body with goodies like projector-type headlights with daytime running lights, 17-inch alloys wrapped in 215/60R17 tires, and rugged yet stylish flanks, the vehicle looks like it can fill most folks’ desire for a chic and modern ride.
The aforementioned dimensions translate to seating for seven passengers, with thermoplastic urethane seating surfaces with red accent stitching for the premium vibe. The driver grips leather-wrapped steering wheels with controls for audio. Speaking of which, this is courtesy of an 8-inch infotainment system to keep everyone entertained while on the move. Other niceties include power-folding side mirrors, a sunroof, and 12-volt outlets upfront and in the third row.
Versatility comes in the form of 60/40 split-fold second-row and 50/50 3rd row seats for people and cargo-carrying needs. This makes it ideal for families and small businesses.
Powering the new Kaicene CX70 is a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline mill with 150bhp and 170lb-ft of torque. This is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission—answering customer clamor for the convenience of an automatic gearbox, says Berjaya Auto Asia, the official distributor of Kaicene vehicles in the country.
With its rear-wheel-drive configuration and front multilink and rear coil spring suspension setup, the Kaicene CX7 promises comfort and more than decent road manners both in the city and out on the open highway.
As for safety, this comes in the form of dual front SRS airbags, ABS and EBD, Hill Hold Control, Traction Control, Electronic Stability Program, rear parking sensors, and a Reverse Camera. Parents also get the safety and convenience of ISOFIX child seat anchors on the second row.
Yes, Filipinos now have the option of getting a full-featured 7-seater SUV for less than a million pesos. It even comes with a 3-year or 100,000km warranty. Oh, and Berjaya Auto Asia is giving a P40,000 introductory cash discount.
If you have a family or small business and you’re looking for an SUV that won’t break the bank, then check out the Kaicene CX70.