2017 will be an interesting year for the automotive industry.Not only are Toyota and Honda, as well as Suzuki expected to bring out new models, the speculated models are quite interesting.
We have speculated that Toyota will introduce its Auris, while Honda will unveil its Vezel, and Suzuki will go with Vitara. However, Pak Suzuki official has stated Suzuki will not be investing in new models for the next two years, whereas other rumors suggest that Suzuki might so with Celerio to replace Suzuki Cultus.
Here are the models we are expecting to see in 2017 or later from the three automotive giants:
2017 Toyota Auris
As per speculations, Toyota has been considering to launch Auris in 2017, amongst the local Pakistani Market. The car is expected to be launched with the following specifications:
- VSC (Vehicle Stability Control)
- TFT screen for the MID
- Smart Entry Key
- Rear parking sensors
- LED projector headlights
- HAC (Hill Assist Control
- Dual-zone climate control
- Dual front airbags
- Driver knee airbag
- Door ajar warning
- Curtain airbags
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Anti-theft system
- Ambient LED lighting
- All-auto up and down windows
- ABS with EBD
Specifications of Toyota Auris:
Engine & Performance
|BASE ENGINE SIZE 1.5 L||CAM TYPE Double overhead cam (DOHC)|
|CYLINDERS Inline 4||VALVES 16|
|VALVE TIMING Variable||TORQUE 103 ft-lbs. @ 4200 rpm|
|HORSEPOWER 106 hp @ 6000 rpm||TURNING CIRCLE 31.5 ft.|
|WIDTH 5 ft. 6.7 in. (66.7 in.)||HEIGHT 4 ft. 11.4 in. (59.4 in.)|
|LENGTH 12 ft. 11.5 in. (155.5 in.)||WHEEL BASE 8 ft. 2.8 in. (98.8 in.)|
|ENGINE TYPE Gas||FUEL TYPE Regular unleaded|
|FUEL TANK CAPACITY 11.1 gal.||RANGE IN MILES (CTY/HWY) 333.0/410.7 mi.|
|EPA MILEAGE EST. (CTY/HWY) 30/37 mpg|
2016 Suzuki Vitara
Suzuki Vitara is the best-equipped compact SUV that is most spacious by design and economical in terms of price. It carries a traditional image of Suzuki SUV in its own style with unique modeling elements all over the vehicle.
The trademark components of Suzuki SUV clamshell bonnet, flared fender, fender garnish, and C pillars have been updated in Vitara 2016. In the international market, this vehicle comes in four grades G, GL, GLX and S based on slight variation in exterior, interior and accessories. The former two feature 16-inch alloys while the latter two come up with 17inch black alloy wheels. The front grille and fender garnish are little sleek and available in white and black colors in three grades of Vitara.
The S-Grade is more rugged and dynamic with the finely chiseled front end, LED headlamps with red-trimmed projector covers, and silver finish outside door mirrors.
The personalization inside and out available in two types of accessory packages, rugged and urban, that reflects your individuality.
From inside, it is stunning as always with redefined comfort, high-level finish in spacious seating and panels throughout. The instrument panel ornament expresses class in four available colors and the center clock in front panel adds up value.
Driving Modes & Experience
The high performance driving intelligence makes it comfortable to drive forever. The individual components complement each other for a wholesome integration that gives powerful and sometimes sporty performance. The excitement rises as the engine starts off and it gives a wonderful experience that everyone will wish to try it once at least.
All grades of Vitara have “ALLGRIP” 4WD system that allows four driver-selectable modes -Auto, Sport, Snow, and Lock. The modes of driving can be switched to the other by using a push-and-turn dial on the centre unit.
Suzuki Vitara has been integrated with exceptional security features like Radar Brake Support (RBS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) are also included in this list along with basic seven airbags.
Radar Braking System not only warns you when the system detects a vehicle and risk of collision. The automatic light braking gets alerted in case of a high probability of collision. The system provides brake assistance if determines that collision can happen. It increases the braking force of drive brake for panic braking to avoid or reduce damage. If a collision seems unavoidable, the system applies the brake automatically for avoiding damage.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) accelerates or deaccelerates the vehicle automatically maintaining a distance from other vehicles ahead. Vitara runs at a constant speed if quite distant to the vehicle in line ahead.
Both engines of Suzuki Vitara, 1.6L petrol, and 1.6L diesel are enough powerful to produce 115bhp horsepower. The petrol engine has five-speed manual transmission (5MT) and six-speed auto transmission (6AT). The diesel engine is capable of the six-speed gearbox in both manual and auto (6MT/6AT). In S- Grade model, there is an additional 1.4 booster jet that boosts up six-speed transmissions (6MT/6AT).
Suzuki Vitara will be up for sale in the coming weeks most probably in the next year. However, it is not sure whether a 2WD customized Suzuki Vitara having will come to Pakistan or a 4WD All Grip one. The estimated prices for 2WD for both manual and automatic are tipped to be PKR 28,79,000 while for the 4WD version it would be 33,79,000.
2017 Honda Vezel
2017 will most likely see a new design and model coming from Honda in the form of Vezel. Honda has decided to make a few amendments in the design for the 2017 model. It does a fair impression of being something unique and something new to the market while sporting a more expressive stylish look, fresh taillight, a reshaped rear bumper and number of interior upgrades. It would come with 1.5L direct-injected four or Fiesta’s 123-hp direct injected three-cylinder turbo.
Specification of Honda Vezel:
Dimensions and Weights
|Boot Space||450 L|
|Ground Clearance||180 mm|
|Kerb Weight||1190 KG|
|No of Doors||4 doors|
|Overall Height||1605 mm|
|Overall Length||4295 mm|
|Overall Width||1770 mm|
|Wheel Base||2610 mm|
|Minimum Turning Radius||5.3 m|
|Steering Type||Rack & Pinion with Electronic Motor|
Wheels and Tyres
|Wheel Size||16 in|
|Wheel Type||Alloy wheels|
|Cylinder Configuration||In Line|
|Engine Power||131 hp @ 6000 RPM|
|Fuel System||EFI with Hybrid|
|No of Cylinders||4|
|Torque||129 Nm @ 3000 RPM|
|Valve Mechanism||DOHC 16 Valves|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||40 L|
|Seating Capacity||5 persons|
|Suspension||Front: MacPherson, Rear: Axle Type|
|Brakes||Front and Rear: Ventilated Discs|
|Top Speed||180 KM/H|
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Contributed by: Rehan Hashmi & Anusha Sachwani