An all-new auto brand has arrived in the country and it wants to carry your family and your business wherever you go. Officially making its debut in the Philippines is Maxus, the sixth automotive brand partner under Ayala’s reorganized AC Motors subsidiary.
SAIC-owned Maxus enters the market with a fleet of MPVs and people carriers that offer power, comfort and style. From Latin America to Australia, to Europe, Qatar and the United Kingdom, the Chinese-based Maxus brand now wants to provide quality and affordable automobiles to the Filipino people.
First up is their flagship model, the G10. Serving as Maxus’ premiere family MPV, it can seat a total of 9 individuals and features a swooping exterior design. It has four captain seats that are situated in the second and third rows, and a 60:40 split rear bench that can seat three people. For additional luggage space, the bench seat can be tumbled and folded to make more space.
Standard amenities inside the G10 include: leather-fabric upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, 220V power inverter, front and rear air-conditioning, dual-sliding doors, and cruise control.
Besides the G10, Maxus also launched the V80 multi-purpose van and it is available in three variants; Comfort, Transport and Flex. The top-of-the-line V80 Comfort can seat 13 which makes it ideal as a family van, a school bus, or even as a shuttle service vehicle.
It has a 2-DIN sound system with USB, Bluetooth and Aux support, front and rear air-conditioning, and fabric seats.
For those looking at a robust workhorse shuttle van, there’s the V80 Transport. It can seat a total of 18 passengers and has the same level of amenities as the range-topping Comfort.
Finally, there’s the V80 Flex which serves as a cargo hauler. While it can only seat three, it makes up for it with its generous luggage space. Measuring in at 4950mm long, 1998mm wide, and 2132mm tall, the Flex has the same body dimensions as the Comfort and Transport. In addition, Maxus claims that all three V80 models are capable of carrying up to 1.1 tons of cargo.
Under the hood, the G10 is powered by a 1.9-liter turbo-diesel CRDi inline-four that is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It produces 150 PS at 4000 rpm along with 350 Nm of torque from 1800 - 2600 rpm. As for the V80, all variants are powered by a 2.5-liter turbo-diesel, four-cylinder CRDi. It puts out 136 PS at 3800 rpm and 330 Nm of torque from 1800 - 2600 rpm, and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
Aside from that, a wide array of safety features come as standard equipment on the G10 and V80 offerings. The former comes with front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), front and rear parking sensors, reverse camera, and an engine immobilizer. The latter, on the other hand, is fitted with front airbags, ABS, EBD, rear parking sensors (V80 Comfort only), and an engine immobilizer.
“We envision Maxus to be very competitive in the commercial vehicle category, particularly in the passenger van and MPV segments. Not only does its strength lie in transporting families, Maxus also adds a distinct proposition to cargo transport and shuttle services, offering our multitude of Pinoy small and medium-sized entrepreneurs the opportunity to get their shuttle and cargo business going in style, comfort, and power,” said Felipe Estrella, Maxus Philippines president.
Pricing of the all-new Maxus G10 and V80 are as follows:
G10 9-seater - Php 1,680,000
V80 Comfort 13-seater - Php 1,570,000
V80 Transport 18-seater - Php 1,288,000
V80 Flex 3-seater - Php 1,190,000