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Ishaq Nabi
by Ishaq Nabi

28-5-2022

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The assemblers of Toyota automobiles in Pakistan, the Indus Motor Company (IMC) have announced the launch of the first locally assembled Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) i.e. Toyota Corolla Cross in 2023!

This initiative is owing to the company’s plan to actively upgrade its assembly line thus assembling HEVs is one of the core decisions that will be executed next year.

Toyota Corolla Cross

This auto-update was announced by the CEO of IMC Mr. Ali Asghar Jamali. He broke the news during the Journalists Summit 2022, organized by the company at Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir.

He quoted, “We are planning to launch our first-ever locally-assembled HEV SUV – Toyota Corolla Cross by 2023. Continuing the legacy of ‘Make in Pakistan’ philosophy, Toyota has already invested $100 million to produce HEVs in Pakistan.”

Moreover, he said that the timeline for the launch was certain and the car will be readily available for the Pakistani masses in 2023.

This is jubilant news for those who were planning to buy an HEV from a trusted and reliable automaker in Pakistan. Moreover, the current government’s step to ban the import of non-essential items including cars and increasing taxes and customs of CBU units have made buying unconventional car options difficult in Pakistan.  Thus, this news is a ray of light for interested HEV buyers.

Expected Price

CEO of IMC Mr. Ali Asghar Jamali further elaborated that the price of the locally-assembled variant of the Toyota Corolla Cross is expected to be between Rs 5 million to 7 million. However, this is not the certain final price due to the unstable economic conditions and the government’s imminent plans to increase taxes on automobiles. Thus, the final price will be disclosed next year.

Currently, the CBU imported Corolla Cross variant has been priced at Rs 1.22 crore for the base variant. Whereas the top-spec variant is priced at Rs 1.34 crore.

Significance of Locally Assembled HEVs

According to CEO IMC, the current infrastructure of Pakistan is not ready for absolute electric vehicles thus, hybrid electric vehicles provide a practical midterm solution as they will help reduce the fuel import bill, minimize carbon emissions, and help save Pakistan in terms of forex savings.

Corolla Cross Hybrid launched in Pakistan

If Pakistan promotes localization of HEVs up to 100%, then the fuel import bill can be reduced by 50% as petroleum commodities are at the top of the list on Pakistan’s import list.

Features

Engine

Toyota Corolla Cross comes with a 1798cc 2ZR-FXE hybrid engine and produces a torque of 305 Nm. Featuring ECVT transmission, it has four drive modes i.e. Power, Normal, Eco and EV.

Interior

The interior offers luxe and comfortable feel with myriad notable features.

Toyota Corolla Cross comes with a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a power moonroof, and electronic Power Steering and is compatible with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay technology.

The car’s interior is equipped Multi-Information Display. The low-grade variants have a 4.2-inch screen whereas the mid and high-grade variants have a 7-inch screen. Moreover, it has 8 inches an infotainment unit.

The low-grade version of Toyota Cross has a standard single-zone automatic climate control and the mid and high-grade variants feature a dual-zone automatic climate control with rear AC vents for added comfort.

Exterior

The car design is modern having a sleek silhouette.

Toyota Corolla Cross features 18-inch alloy wheels, push start, smart entry, and an anti-lock braking system.

The low-Grade variant has a halogen projector and LED rear lamps whereas the high-grade variant has a LED projector and LED Light curtain rear lamps.

Security

The high and mid-grade variants have 7 airbags however the low-grade variant has 2 airbags. Moreover, it features rear parking sensors and even front parking sensors in mid and high-grade variants.

Toyota Corolla Cross interior

Dimensions

In terms of dimensions, the Corolla cross has a smaller footprint as compared to the classic Corolla sedan or Kia Sportage however it is larger in size than the Toyota C-HR.

Colors

The HEV Corolla Cross comes in seven colors which makes it easier for the prospective buyers to choose one according to their aesthetic:

  • Celestite Gray Metallic
  • Platinum White Pearl
  • Attitude Black Mica
  • Metal Stream Metallic
  • Red Mica Metallic
  • Nebula Blue
  • Graphite Metallic

Conclusion

Toyota Corolla Cross HEV is a promising addition to the Pakistani auto market and this step to assembling it locally can be a stepping stone in the hegemony of hybrid electric vehicles in Pakistan.

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