KG Mobility debuts with a five-car model lineup
KG Mobility officially debuts in the Philippine market. The brand formerly known as SsangYong has made its official brand launch with its new distributor, The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI).
As swe've previously reported, KG Mobility is rolling out a five-model product lineup as its initial offering to the market with unique selling points to show. Let's check them out:
KG Mobility is kicking things off in the Philippine market with the Tivoli as its smallest vehicle offering. It's been previously offered in the country with a SsangYong badge. But when KG Mobility took over, the subcompact crossover underwent a model refresh with minor changes on the exterior and updates to its interior features that include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Previously, the Tivoli had a diesel engine variant. But under the new KG Mobility – TCCCI umbrella, the Tivoli only has one engine option – a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder gasoline mill with 128 PS and 160 Nm of torque. Power is then routed to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission from Aisin or a 6-speed manual with a smart multi-drive mode system.
The Tivoli Grand was previously known as the Tivoli XLV, and is essentially a stretched version of the standard Tivoli. At 4480 mm long, the Tivoli Grand has an additional 238 mm at the rear. This makes for bigger boot space and greater comfort for those sitting in the second row.
Inside, it has modern interior features like a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, a reverse camera, plus front and rear park assist.
Much like the standard Tivoli, the Tivoli Grand is powered by the same 1.6-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine but is offered solely with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Meanwhile, KG Mobility's entry to the mid-size SUV segment is the returning Rexton. Yes, previous generations of the Rexton have made their way to the country before under SsangYong, and now the SUV's latest generation is the brand's flagship model with full 4x4 capabilities.
Unlike the Tivoli which has a unibody construction, the Rexton has a body-on-frame structure similar to popular 7-seater PPVs like the Fortuner, Montero Sport, Terra, and Everest. Much like Japanese PPVs, the Rexton is also powered by a turbodiesel. The Rexton has a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder unit that produces 202 PS and 441 Nm of torque. It's paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission with a shift-on-the-fly 4x4 system.
Other features of the Rexton include six airbags, a tire pressure monitoring system and an ADAS suite that consists of things like autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning (LDWS), driver attention alert (DAA) and safety distance alert (SDA).
The Musso Grand is perhaps the vehicle that has the best name recall in the KG Mobility lineup. Under Ssangyong, the Musso name was brought into the Philippine market as early as the late 1990s when it was a body-on-frame 4WD SUV powered by diesel engines from Mercedes-Benz.
But in its latest generation, the Musso Grand is made solely as a pickup truck. Like the Rexton, it has a rigid body-on-frame construction with a five-link coil spring rear suspension. It's also powered by a 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine but makes less power at 187 PS and 420 Nm of torque. The Musso Grand's engine is then paired to either a 6-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual.
KG Mobility is offering a choice of two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive variants for the Musso Grand, with the latter having proper off-road hardware such as a shift-on-the-fly 4x4 knob with low range, as well as a rear locking differential.
Last but not least is the newest member in the KG Mobility lineup called the Torres. Currently, it is one of the nominees for World Car of the Year, and KG Mobility says it represents its new era for performance SUVs.
The Torres is the brand's entry in the compact crossover segment, putting it squarely against the likes of the Subaru Forester, the Toyota RAV4, the Honda CR-V, and the Hyundai Tucson. Much like its competitors, the KG Mobility Torres comes with all-wheel-drive. Its engine is a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder GDI Turbo that makes 163 PS and 280 Nm, sending power to all four wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission made by Aisin.
Inside, there's an 8-way power front seats with heating and ventilation function, as well as a 12-inch digital instrument screen, 9-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus wireless charging. It also comes with eight airbags and an ADAS suite which makes it generously equipped with the latest safety features around.
KG Mobility is offering a 5-year, 100,000-km warranty on all its models, with 24/7 roadside customer assistance. Currently, customers can check out KG Mobility Philippines dealership locations in Alabang, Angeles, Pampanga, and the Greenhills Sales Office, but their nationwide dealership network is expected to rise to twelve independent dealer partners by the end of 2024.
KG Mobility vehicles are being sold at the following introductory prices:
Verge 1.6L 6MT - PHP 898,888.00
Verge 1.6L 6AT – PHP 998,888.00
Prime 1.6L 6AT - PHP 1,138,888.00
Apex 1.6L 6AT - PHP 1,248,888.00
Prime 1.6L 6AT - PHP 1,188,888.00
Apex 1.6L 6AT - PHP 1,268,888.00
Apex 4x2 2.2D 8AT - PHP 2,248,888.00
Highland 4x4 2.2D 8AT - PHP 2,588,888.00
Verge 4x2 2.2D 6MT - PHP 1,198,888.00
Verge 4x2 2.2D 6AT - PHP 1,298,888.00
Prime 4x2 2.2D 6AT - PHP 1,528,888.00
Highland 4x2 2.2D 6AT - PHP 1,628,888.00
Highland 4x4 2.2D 6AT – PHP 1,898,888.00
Apex FWD 1.5T 6AT - PHP 1,868,888.00
Apex AWD 1.5T 6AT – PHP 2,168,888.00