2021 Suzuki Carry vs. the competition: Your other local LCV options
The new Indonesian-made Suzuki Carry, unveiled in the country less than two years ago, replaces the Super Carry, which was made in India. Priced from PHP529,000 to PHP644,000, Suzuki’s latest workhorse is powered by the highly-efficient K15B 1.5-liter gasoline engine with multipoint fuel injection function that pushes the vehicle to 96hp and 135Nm of torque. Like the Super Carry that preceded it, shifting is handled by a 5-speed manual transmission.
The Carry is larger than the Super Carry, and the growth in size means a more spacious cabin, with improved elbow room for the driver and two passengers. The new Carry also allows for better seating position, giving ample distance between the hip point and the center of the accelerator pedal. Front air-conditioning is now standard with its full-sized engine. Of course, as this is a commercial unit, interior features remain quite basic, a fact shared by all the LCV models mentioned here.
In addition to the interior features mentioned above, there’s also added storage in the dashboard and the cabin, and the shift lever for the manual transmission is now relocated the dashboard providing better ease of use while increasing the legroom for all cabin occupants.
As for how much it can “carry,” this vehicle can load up to 940kgs in total. A sturdy construction, coupled with a heavy duty suspension system, provides good weight distribution within the wheelbase area, ensuring years of service. The truck bed’s 3-side access plus a total of 22 rope hooks and further boost the truck’s utility.
Of course, the 2021 Suzuki Carry isn’t the only light commercial vehicle (LCV) option out there. If you want to know what else is in the market, here are some of the Carry’ biggest competitors.
After disappearing from the market for a few years, the Mitsubishi L300 makes a comeback, powered by Mitsubishi's turbocharged 2.2-liter 4N14 mill tuned to provide 40 percent more power and torque than its predecessor, with 98hp and 200Nm, respectively. Transmission remains to be a steering column-mounted five-speed manual.
Aside from the more powerful engine, the new L300 is also enhanced by an increased cab height design that delivers better on-road visibility. Payload capacity is at 1215kg, complemented by a stronger safer chassis that ensures reliable and long-term business use.
The new L300 is being offered right now solely as a cab & chassis model for PHP804,000, although Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) used to sell one with an FB rear body for PHP998,000. The latter is still available though, albeit with the price to be determined depending on the type of rear body.
The Kia K2500 is as varied as any light commercial vehicle (LCV) can get, offering buyers a whopping amount of customization options for different business needs. Buyers can opt to include personal preferences not only in rear body, but also in air conditioning and even drive wheel configuration, to suit various people and cargo hauling activities.
The 2021 Kia K2500, a carryover from 2017, is propelled by a 2.5L CRDi turbocharged engine married to a 6-speed manual gearbox. This powertrain pairing helps this van churnout 128hp and 255Nm of torque. The engine adheres to the Euro-4 Standard, giving you an efficient commercial vehicle, both in terms of emission and performance.
The vehicle started off with only three variants when it was launched here four years ago, but that number has since grown to ten. The 2021 Kia K2500 has a payload capacity from 835 to 1128kgs, and a price range of PHP820,000 to PHP1.22 million. Among its variants include a Single Cab Cab and Chassis 4x2, Single Cab Closed Van 4x2, Single Cab Karga 4x2, Single Cab Dropside 4x4, and Double Cab Dropside 4x4.
For some time, the Hyundai H100 was pretty much resting on its laurels in the commercial vehicle segment, with very little competition in sight. But with the arrival of the Traviz and L300 in 2019, plus the relaunch of the Karga that same year, sitting pretty is no longer an option for the H100, and so Hyundai launched the KapitanKargo (H100 Cargo)—a dedicated cargo van with a rear cab—as an additional trim to the LCV’s lineup,
The Hyundai H100 van is driven by a 2.5 CRDi DOHC 16V Euro-4 compliant engine that does 128hp and 255Nm of torque. And yes, it’s the same engine found in the Kia K2500. The two are sister companies after all, and the H100 and K2500 are just two of the vehicles in their respective lineups that share the same features. Add to that a passenger seating volume of 20 persons and payload capacity of 1335kgs and the Hyundai H100 gives you veritable slogger in your hands.
The Isuzu Traviz may be the Johnny-come-lately among the local LCV bunch, but with Isuzu’s name backing it up, you can bet it’s not going to be the runt of the litter. Proving its versatility, the Traviz has got two different wheelbases for its two different trims: 2250mm for the Traviz S and 2400mm for the Traviz L.
The all-new Isuzu Traviz is equipped with a 2.5 liter 4JA1 Common Rail Direct Inject Blue Power mill. As the same engine installed in the discontinued Crosswind, it can provide around 77hp and 176Nm torque. Meanwhile, the Traviz itself boasts 1660kgs payload capacity, the highest among the LCVs listed here (told you it’s no runt). The Traviz comes standard in Cab & Chassis configuration, so seating capacity is determined by your choice of van.
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