Car enthusiasts have much to be excited about in 2017. Several launches have been announced by local players and prominent international car-makers also expected to make a highly anticipated entry into Pakistan.
1. Honda Atlas Car Pakistan are set to roll out their upgraded Vezel, featuring a reworked interior, improved seat capacity and new head and tail lamps.
The 2017 Vezel will be available in two versions: one will be a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and the other will be a 3-cylinder engine designed for better fuel economy. The cost of owning a vezel will be between Rs 3.2 and 3.2 million.
2. Pak Suzuki Motors has announced the discontinuation of its widely popular Cultus after a production run spanning almost 15 years. In its place will be a new hatchback-the Celerio- boasting an upgraded 1000cc 3-cylinder engine. The market price is expected to range between one and 1.3 million rupees.
The other offering from Suzuki will be the Vitara, a4-wheel drive, mini SUV. Under the hood the Vitara, has a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated engine. A sunroof, keyless entry and cruise control options enhance the overall driving experience. Thanks to these add-ons, the vitara will be retailing at approximately Rs 3.5 to 3.8 million.
3. Toyota-Indus is set to bring its Auris to Pakistani roads by mid-2017. Essentially a station wagon (the preferred ride for families) the Auris is all about space and comfort. Features include an Automatic Braking system, an Anti-Theft system and dual airbags for increased road safety. The Auris will be powered by Toyota’s signature 1.8-liter VVT-I engine and carry a price tag of around Rs 2.4 to 2.7 million.
From well-established international brands, expect Porsche to bring in the Cayman GT4 and the Boxster GTS to Pakistan, while Audi will be introducing its latest A4, A5 and Q7 SUVs. Not to be left behind, Mercedes Benz will be making its presence felt with its S-Class Hybrid and CLA Class models. Volkswagen and Renault will be bringing in small to midsized sedans, while BMW will present its 5-Series Hybrids and 3-Series hatchback in 2017.
By Jafer Khan