The best of both worlds can be found in a crossover. This bodystyle has the refinement and monocoque chassis of a sedan, mixed with the ground clearance and design elements of an SUV. Often mistaken for an SUV, this classification shares the same two-box design, which include a hood with a roof that extends all the way to the back. Depending on the size, a crossover can seat up to seven passengers or maximize cargo space, making it a versatile vehicle for almost any purpose.
Utilizing the unibody construction that sedans are known for, crossovers offers rigidity and ride comfort which translates to more composed handling characteristics and better ride quality overall. The engine bay and cabin area are the only two boxes, since the cargo area is one with the cabin space, allowing for easy access and seating modularity. The rear door opens wide and allows for easy loading and unloading for items. Crossovers are for those who want a reasonably practical car with more refinement. This body style excels in a multitude of areas, as long as the roads aren’t made of gravel, and the terrain isn’t too unpassable.
There are also quite a few sizes on offer, ranging from subcompacts all the way to midsize offerings. Almost every manufacturer has a crossover offering. Here are a few of the most common offerings from mainstream manufacturers. Popular subcompact crossovers in the Philippines include the Ford EcoSport, NIssan Juke, MG ZS, Hyundai Kona, Suzuki Vitara, and Subaru XV. For compact crossovers, the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, Nissan X-Trail, and Toyota RAV4 are among the known choices. In the midsize and large category, options like the Mazda CX-9, Ford Explorer, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Kia Sorento are most notable offerings in the market today.
Releases and launches in 2019 include the all-new Subaru Forester with the brand’s EyeSight technology. The Toyota RAV4 was also launched in the Philippines with a new design. The Volvo XC40 made its debut here with a diesel variant in its lineup. Honda, looking to improve its BR-V, launched a facelifted model with refinements in its technology and interior. Geely, a new entrant in the Philippine market, made its debut with the Geely Coolray subcompact crossover. GAC was able to release its GS3 crossover to compete in the market. Kia unboxed its final model for the year with the Kia Seltos. More models are expected soon, with Nissan teasing its Juke multiple times before launching it globally with an all-new exterior design, it is yet to be determined when this new model will roll on Philippine roads.