20th May 2020: Despite the rough bumps and ditches the local automotive industry had to cross in the tough year, it looks like some positive notes came out of it.
We told our readers earlier that Toyota is ready to bring its anticipated 12th, Gen Toyota Corolla, to Pakistan, news has it that it will be here sooner than later!
Pictures of the 12th gen model being tested on the roads have started to go viral among automotive enthusiasts.
The new model is based on the company’s global platform called the TNGA, “Toyota New Global Architecture.”
What to Expect?
The Pakistani variant of the Corolla will be slightly different and customized according to the demands of the local market. This includes a couple of aesthetic changes like the headlights, curved lower edges, etc.
Whereas the inside is expected to be the same more or less with a less-cluttered design and a 7-in infotainment system. It is also likely to be equipped with digital automatic climate control and might even have an electronic parking brake.
Reportedly, according to the trim level, it will boast various other features such as cruise control, Power driver seat, sunroof, and push-button start, among others.
Moreover, it will be available in not 1 but 2 engine variants, a 1.8L (2ZR-FAE) 4 Cylinder engine and a 1ZR-FE, a 1.6L engine.
Rumors hint that the expected price-tag of the upcoming 12th gen Toyota Corolla will be around Rs. 4 million.
Expected Launch Date
The Corolla is expected to be announced in the second half of 2020.
18th March 2020: Toyota is gearing up for a lot of events this year as the company is in full swing to launch its highly anticipated 12th gen Toyota Corolla in Pakistan!
On the other hand, the auto giant is also ready to introduce the popular Toyota Yaris into the Pakistani markets, as the expected launch date is 27th March (can be delayed).
Coming back to the Corolla, it is expected that the car will be available in 1.3L and 1.5L engine capacities. Moreover, it will look like the Altis Grande, but with higher displacement engines.
Hence, it makes this Toyota Yaris a direct competitor of the Honda City and upcoming Proton Saga. In contrast, the Corolla Altis will compete head-to-head with Honda Civic and the forthcoming Hyundai Elantra.
Reportedly, the Corolla will be coming towards the second half of the year (maybe pushed to the first half of 2021). Moreover, test units will be imported from Thailand. The 12th Gen Toyota Corolla was launched in Thailand in 2019 in 6 variants.
Petrol engine options include a 1.6 liter 1ZR-FBE producing 125 hp and 156 Nm, and a more substantial 1.8 liters 2ZR-FBE producing 140 hp and 177 Nm; both paired to a CVT gearbox. The Hybrid version utilizes the 2ZR-FXE 1.8-liter engine that churns out 98 hp and 142 Nm and is paired to a 72 hp/122 Nm electric motor.
However, at this point, it has not yet been confirmed whether if Pakistan will also get the hybrid variant. For those who did not know, the 11th Gen Corolla was introduced in Pakistan back in 2014!
How many of you are excited? We are!
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