Last year, Toyota Indus Motor Company (IMC) announced that it would introduce the Corolla Cross Hybrid crossover SUV in Pakistan soon. Several reports at the time stated that the vehicle should make its official debut in Pakistan by the end of December 2020.
However, for some reason, the launch never happened and, according to the latest update shared by the Editor-in-Chief of Monthly Automark magazine Hanif Memon on its social media, IMC now plans to launch the new Corolla Cross in Pakistan next month .
For the uninitiated, the Toyota Corolla Cross is a subcompact crossover SUV that made its global debut in July 2020. The vehicle faces other compact crossover SUVs, such as the Honda Vezel / BR-V, Nissan Juke and Toyota C-HR, with which shares most of its fundamentals.
Reports suggest that the Cruz Corolla will be sold in Pakistan as a complete built unit (CBU) imported from Thailand. The vehicle has a hybrid gasoline engine of 1.8 liters and 4 cylinders that, combined with the electric motor, generates 168 horsepower at 3600 RPM and 305 Nm of torque at 3600 RPM. All of this power is sent to the front wheels only through an e-CVT automatic transmission.
The vehicle is expected to be offered in Pakistan in two variants. Both variants will come with a panoramic sunroof, a shark fin antenna, a rear wiper with automatic sensors, push start, smart entry, various driving modes, ABS, Hill Start Assist, parking sensors, passenger seat sensors and driver and passenger airbags.
The top-of-the-line variant will feature seven airbags instead of just two, 8-inch touchscreen entertainment, leather seats, dual zone climate control, rear AC outlets and trunk door with power + kick sensor.
It is worth mentioning that the Corolla Cross is set to be an expensive package, as reports say the vehicle – being a CBU crossover hybrid SUV – will come with a colossal starting price of Rs. 8.5 million.
The price tag makes the vehicle more expensive than all the new SUVs on the market, such as KIA Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, DFSK Glory 580, Proton X70 and MG HS, all of which undoubtedly have better overall value compared to the Corolla Cross. It is also much more expensive than its big brother, that is, the finish of the Toyota Fortuner base, which is more practical, has seven seats and costs Rs. 7.7 million.
Given the factors mentioned above, the odds seem to be against the Corolla Cross.