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HAVE YOU heard of Kaicene? It’s the brand name of the commercial vehicle lineup of Changan International Corporation (CIC) – distributed in the Philippines by Berjaya Auto Asia, Incorporated (BAAI).

Kaicene has been active in its importation of practical commercial vehicles into the country, and has most recently introduced a new seven-seater SUV: the Kaicene CX70. With an attractive tag price of P879,000, coupled with a limited three-year/100,000-km (whichever comes first) warranty, the model is sure to draw interest from many Filipinos, especially during this challenging pandemic when the importance of mobility could not be more stressed.

“BAAI and Kaicene Philippines are proud to introduce a brand-new model that not only enhances our core essence of being a value-laden commercial vehicle provider, but also opens up our brand to families who espouse togetherness in the journey of life,” shared BAAI President Japheth Castillo. He added, “The all-new Kaicene CX70 not only empowers families to move together; it also does so by being more affordable and more feature-rich than the competition. It is truly worth the Filipino family’s hard-earned peso.”

The CX70, to date, is the longest, widest and tallest SUV in its class. It has a wheelbase that is 2,780mm long and offers a hefty 3,810 liters of overall cargo space. It is versatile enough to accommodate loads of cargo, as it is built with a sturdy monocoque body frame. The SUV comes with projector headlamps and LED daytime running lights as standard. Seventeen-inch wheels and a stylish front grille lend it a more dynamic presence.

Inside the CX70 are three rows of thermoplastic polyurethane seats accentuated with authentic stitching. Chrome accents adorn some of the cup holders and the shift console, while the steering wheel is wrapped in black leather. The second row seats can be split 40:60 while the third row seats can split 50:50 to accommodate more cargo and simply to make ingress and egress of the passengers easier. Furthermore, the vehicle is  also equipped with a nice sunroof which is a delight to find in an SUV at this price point. A generous eight-inch infotainment screen is also laid on the dash.

Powering the Kaicene CX70 is a thrifty, 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It spits out 150ps of power alongside 230Nm of maximum torque. As a perk, it comes with rear-wheel drive.

Moreover, the CX70 comes equipped with a host of safety features and driving aids such as ABS with EBD, a traction control system, electronic stability program, Isofix anchor points for children’s seats and a rather useful hill hold control to prevent the vehicle from sliding backwards when coming from a full stop on an incline. A reverse camera and rear parking sensors are also part of the package, to make backing up easier.

The new Kaicene CX70 is now available at all of Kaicene’s dealerships, namely in Sta. Rosa, Laguna; BGC, Taguig; Davao; Cagayan de Oro; General Santos City; and Butuan.