With the Bangkok International Motor Show 2015 (BIMS 2015 or BIMS15) just around the corner, we think it would be wise to provide a list of potential appearances. While the list could go on and on if we were to include every rumour and hint, we’ve decided to keep the list to the ones we’re more certain about, as well as models that are likely to make it to the Malaysian market later this year. As expected, Asian manufacturers dominate the list, with Ford, who are a giant in the region(especially in Thailand), also making the list.
Toyota Camry Facelift
Recently launched in Thailand, the Toyota Camry facelift is a much-welcomed refresher to the dated-looking Camry that was launched in 2011. In Thailand, the Camry comes in six variants, consisting of two 2.0-litre models, and four 2.5-litre models. At the top of the 2.5-litre range sits three hybrids. The non-hybrid 2.0-litre Camry comes with a 6-speed automatic gearbox, while the hybrids get an E-CVT (electronic continuously variable transmission) unit. Across the northern border, price tags range from Thai Baht 1.32 million (RM149,390) for the Camry 2.0G, to Thai Baht 1.9 million (RM215,031) for the Camry 2.5 Hybrid Premium.
One we’ve been hearing a lot about lately is the Ford Everest. First introduced in 2003, the Everest has been exclusively built in Thailand, with the last model being the second generation Everest. Now, a spanking new Everest, designed in Australia, but built in Thailand is to be introduced. The new Everest borrows heavily from the Ford Ranger T6, even sitting on the same platform. While details on every variant is still unavailable, we do know that the rear-wheel drive Everest Titanium 4 x 2 will be powered by Ford’s 2.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine, that produces 161hp and a healthy 358Nm of torque. Power is channeled to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift.
Ford Ranger Facelift
Ford will also be unveiling the face lifted Ranger in Bangkok. While the new(ish) Ranger will still feature the same powertrain options, the new stuff can be found aesthetically. The new Ranger will borrow design cues from the 2015 Ford Everest that was unveiled in China in Nov 2014. These aesthetic similarities indicates Ford’s commitment to their refreshed design language, with the Ranger also benefitting from a new, model-specific, set of alloys. The interior has been reworked as well, once again borrowing from the latest Everest.
The Subaru Outback is essentially a jacked-up Legacy. Riding on the same platform as the Legacy, the Outback is more suited for off-road needs as well as harsher weather conditions. The Outback offers drivers more flexibility, as well as a more rugged appearance. Engine and transmission options remain the same as the Legacy, meaning the Outback should be available with the 2.5-litre boxer engine, and perhaps the gruntier 3.6-litre engine that packs a hearty 256hp (up by 83hp from the 2.5-litre) and 335Nm(up by 99Nm) of torque. Prices should start at Thai Bath 2.59 million(RM293,152).
Suzuki should be showcasing the Ciaz (Alivio in China), the Japanese manufacturer’s mid-size sedan. The Ciaz will be going head to head with the Vios, and City in the budget mid-size sedan segment. In all likelihood, the 1.6-litre model will be made available in this region, with the 1.4 and 1.3 diesel not making it for now. Presently, Suzuki’s Thai manufacturing facility does not produce the car, meaning the showcase car will be an Indian built model, with the Thai plant expected to start production in the near future.
The Toyota Hilux needs no introduction, being critically-acclaimed as the roughest, toughest, and most reliable pick-up truck around. All this since 1968, too. The seventh-generation Hilux, which debuted in 2004, has now come to the end of its cycle, with the newest edition to the Hilux family ready to pick up the mantle. In recent times, the new Toyota Hilux has been seen undergoing test runs in Australia, Argentina, Greece and in other parts of Europe. We’re not sure what we can expect, but we’ll be sure to keep you up to date as the events unfold.
All in all, more than 30 car brands, nine motorcycle companies, and more than 170 accessory booths will converge on 140,000sqm of display space at the Challenger Halls 1 to 3 of the Impact Muang Thong Thani complex. So please do head on down to Bangkok between the 25 March and the 5 April if you can spare the time.