Seven-seaters to put on your short list

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In the market for a seven-seater? Luckily, the market is awash with them. In fact, almost every automaker has at least one seven-seater in its product portfolio. It should not in the least be surprising since seven-seaters are incredibly family-friendly, flexible and versatile, and there’s a huge market for them.

Here is a compilation of seven-seater vehicles offered by some of the country’s leading automakers that you may want to put on your short list.

Mitsubishi Pajero

This premium sport utility vehicle of Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. has a striking exterior, with its bumper integrated, chrome-plated radiator front grille and a redesigned front bumper with a silver accent garnish. It is equipped with high-intensity discharge headlamps, with automatic high beam control function, as well as LED daytime running lamps and fog lamps. On top of these, Pajero has a sunroof with power tilt and slide functions and stands on four 18-inch alloy wheels.

It is also powerful. Pajero comes equipped with either of these two engines — 3.8-liter V6 24-Valve SOHC MIVEC or 3.2L 16-Valve DOHC Turbocharged and Intercooled DI-D. The former puts out 250 Pferdestrke (Ps) at 6,000 rotations per minute (rpm) and has a pulling power of 329 Newton meters (N-m) at 2,750 rpm. The latter’s maximum power is measured at 165 Ps at 3,500 rpm, and maximum torque at 373 N-m at 2,000 rpm.

Suzuki Ertiga

Suzuki Motors Corp.’s 7-seater Ertiga is positioned as the ideal multi-purpose vehicle for the Filipino family. It is available in four variants  GA manual transmission, GL manual transmission, GL automatic transmission and GLX automatic transmission  and in a number of paint jobs  Silky Silver Metallic, Graphite Gray Pearl Metallic, Prime Cool Black, Pearl Radiant Red, Pearl Burgundy Red and Pearl Snow White.

Ertiga, one of the best-sellers of the Japanese automotive company, has an exciting bevy of interior features, such as a multimedia Android touch screen, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and USB connectivity with hands-free function. To make driving more comfortable, Ertiga has keyless push start system and reverse sensor with on-and-off switches. The steering wheel of the GLX variant is extra special: it has audio and hands-free switches embedded in it to facilitate access to various tasks. Ertiga also has 50:50 split-folding rear seats, making it more versatile.

Honda BR-V

BR-V, a sport utility vehicle offered by Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. that was made available to the Filipino car-buying public in 2016, performs dynamically. Its two variants  1.5 S CVT and 1.5 V Navi CVT  are powered by the same 1.5 i-VTEC engine that produces a maximum power of 120 Ps at 6,600 rpm and a maximum torque of 145 N-m at 4,600 rpm. BR-V has the Earth Dreams Technology Continuously Variable Transmission, too, which was designed to improve thermal efficiency and minimize friction.

Aside from being a dynamic performer, BR-V is also a looker. Its 1.5 S CVT variant is embellished with a front under spoiler, side under spoiler, and rear under spoiler, and also integrated with rear corner sensors, and daytime running lights (DRL) for safer driving. Meanwhile, the 1.5 V Navi CVT variant has all the aforementioned features, plus a tailgate spoiler and a shark fin antenna.

Ford Everest

Ford Motor Co. Philippines’ Everest, a 7-seater sport-utility vehicle, is designed to tackle tough terrain and unexpected obstacles, according to the manufacturer. It has a ground clearance of 225 millimeters and a water wading capability of 880 millimeters. With its terrain management system, the driver gets to shift on the fly to maximize traction and stability to stay in control. For traction and grip, even in terrains that are slippery or rugged, Everest has an electric locking rear differential feature that provides full-engine torque to the rear wheels.

Some of the notable external features of the Everest include auto high beam control and LED lighting and a panoramic moon roof. One of its remarkable interior features, on the other hand, is active noise cancellation that uses three highly sensitive microphones to detect and measure engine noise that then gets cancelled using opposing sound waves.

Nissan X-Trail

The technologies inside the Nissan Philippines’ X-Trail are meant to enhance the driving experience. Among these are the around view monitor, which provides a 360-degree perspective for easier navigation; moving object detection, which sends a visual and audible alert when there’s movement around the vehicle; and rear cross traffic alert, which alerts the drive to unseen vehicles while reversing.

There are two X-Trail variants available  4×4 and 4×2  and they come in several colors: premium corona orange, marine blue, pearl white, gun metallic and diamond black. In addition, the front fascia of X-Trail was redefined; it now comes integrated with fog lamps, bumper, the signature Nissan V-Motion grille, revised headlights with LED signature daytime running lights. Completing the vehicle’s dynamic look are the fin-type antenna, newly integrated sun roof and a set of 19-inch wheels.