Hyundai’s operations in the Philippines under the helm of the brand’s main corporate office in South Korea have officially commenced today. We’ve extensively covered the offerings of Hyundai Motor Philippines (HMPH) for the Philippine market in an article that you can see here.
As a refresher, they will be offering the Hyundai Creta subcompact SUV, the all-new Tucson compact SUV, the facelifted Santa Fe midsize SUV, the Staria van, and the Venue entry-level SUV. What they also confirmed to be in the pipeline is the facelifted Palisade and Stargazer entry-level MPV, which debuted earlier this year, along with even the Ioniq 5 electric crossover SUV.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
The headline vehicle in this announcement is definitely the Ioniq 5. Set to lead the brand’s charge in the electric vehicle (EV) space, the Ioniq 5 isn’t the brand’s first EV. However, it is the brand’s first EV to ride on the E-GMP platform that was developed exclusively for electric cars. The retro styling of this crossover SUV not only looks futuristic, but it also gives priority to interior space. Thanks to a dedicated EV platform’s skateboard architecture, engineers are able to push the wheels as far out into the body as possible, thus giving this compact crossover the same wheelbase as the much larger Palisade.
The interior is likewise very futuristic, and thanks to its very long wheelbase, there’s plenty of space for all occupants. Local specs have not yet been confirmed, but the Ioniq 5 comes with stuff like full LED exterior lighting, flushed pop-out door handles, two 12-inch touch screens, as well as an interior that’s made out of sustainable materials.
Likewise Hyundai Motor Philippines has not yet confirmed what kind of powetrain the Ioniq 5 will come with. The Ioniq 5 has two battery sizes–58 kWh and 72.6 kWh (a 77.4 kWh size is exclusive to North America), along with horsepower figures ranging from as low as 168 hp to as much as 302 hp. Single or dual-motor layouts are available, and the quoted range will vary depending on your battery and drivetrain combination. This can range from 384 km or 460 km under the WLTP testing cycles.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be previewed at the upcoming Philippine International Motor Show this September and at the Electric Vehicle Summit on October.
Another important car for Hyundai Motor Philippines is the first-ever Stargazer entry-level MPV. As a rival to the likes of the Mitsubishi Xpander and Toyota Avanza and Veloz, the Stargazer aims to shake up the segment with its radical styling inside and out, as well as class-leading technologies. The Stargazer comes with stuff like digital gauges, ambient LED lighting, 8-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear tray tables, just to name a few.
Powering the 2023 Hyundai Stargazer is the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine that’s found in the Creta, which means it produces 115 hp and 144 Nm of torque. This is mated to a 6-speed manual or a CVT, driving the front wheels. This will most likely be the same powertrain that the Philippine-market model will receive.
The Stargazer is the only vehicle so far to have been given a time table, because HMPH has confirmed that this MPV will arrive in the Philippines before the end of this year.
Receiving a facelift earlier this year, the Hyundai Palisade has also been confirmed to arrive in the Philippines. The flagship SUV has been given quite an extensive facelift, coming with a new, bolder grille, new LED headlights, a slightly revised rear end, and a more luxurious interior.
Some of the new Palisade’s new or enhanced interior features include a new digital rearview mirror, an enlarged 12-inch infotainment system (up from 10.25 inches), and Hyundai’s latest Digital Key 2, which lets iPhone, Apple Watch, and Samsung Galaxy users unlock or remote start the vehicle.
For the North American market, the Hyundai Palisade continues to be powered by a 3.8-liter V6 gasoline engine that produces 291 horsepower and 355 Nm of torque. This drives the front or all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Philippine-market Palisade will most likely continue to feature a 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine that produces 200 hp and 440 Nm of torque, driving all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic.
The facelifted Hyundai Palisade will also be previewed at the upcoming Philippine International Motor Show, alongside the Ioniq 5 electric crossover SUV.