Toyota Might Discontinue Corolla GLI & XLI Models in Pakistan

For many years, Toyota Corolla XLi and Corolla GLi have been consumer favorites in Pakistan. The two models are some of the best selling variants of Corolla over the years.

Both of the variants were released by Toyota back in 2001-2002, as part of the 9th generation Corolla launch by Toyota Indus Motors. From then onwards, it’s considered a subsidiary of alternate Corolla models, as established by the company’s marketing strategy.

Lately, there’s been speculation regarding Toyota Pakistan’s new decision: to discontinue the above mentioned car models. Allegedly, the company is considering to launch a brand new 1300cc car, after terminating the XLi and GLi series.

Toyota Yaris/Vios?

Rumors point towards Toyota releasing the Yaris (Vitz) or Vios in place of the XLi and GLi. The latter is a new model that is likely to compete with Honda City in terms of appearance and pricing. Judging by the close knitted association of Toyota Pakistan with Toyota Thailand, the year 2018 will most probably be that of Toyota Vios.

Take all of this with a pinch of salt, as similar rumours have surfaced before and they didn’t come true.

New Strategy

Toyota’s decision to launch newer car model must have stemmed from analyzing its competitor’s (Honda) new strategy in Pakistan. In that sense, they are likely to unveil a bigger model with 1.6L and 1.8L capacity for the Corollas, just like the Honda Civic. In addition, a smaller model with a 1.3L engine (like the Honda City) might also be released.

This enables the cheaper and pricier cars to be easily differentiated resulting in a more premium perception for the top end models.

We eagerly anticipate seeing new cars in Pakistan, similar to the likes of Vios and Yaris. Do comment below and let us know your views on Toyota’s policy of halting production of the iconic XLi and GLi.


  • Not “Might”…. They are going to discontinue and replace with VIOS.
    Altis Grande will continue… only XLI and GLI will be replaced.

  • I guess they will just rename Corolla GLI/XLI to Vios. But I am sure it will not have all the features that are present in Thai version of Vios.

    • Ah no. This is not Suzuki we are talking about.

      Shape change is a must, otherwise that would be completely illogical just to change the name.

  • I hope this news actually materializes because that’s how it should’ve been for years.
    This will indeed give a more premium look to Corolla

  • Toyota might not discontinue Corolla as a whole but yes Yaris/Vios should be launched with 1.3L but not in hatchback locks. It should be Sedan for sure. Else this would be a flop product. In addition I do agree with Anwar, it’s all bogus and expensive cars with lesser luxury. I think Govt. should discontinue the monoply of local cars with no safety parameters fulfilled and should give leverage to imported car policy so that cars should come with lesser mileage and non accidental.

  • Toyota might not discontinue Corolla as a whole but yes Yaris/Vios should be launched with 1.3L but not in hatchback locks. It should be Sedan for sure. Else this would be a flop product. In addition I do agree with Anwar, it’s all bogus and expensive cars with lesser luxury. I think Govt. should discontinue the monoply of local cars with no safety parameters fulfilled and should give leverage to imported car policy so that cars should come with lesser millage and non accidental.

  • Nice.. good step…
    so it means now you have 1.6 altis and 1.8 grande (full option) and 1.3 Vios, which is obviously new launch in pakistan… or might be yaris
    it is just like honda civic and city, u got 1.3 city which is fuel efficient and mid range car and civic 1.8 which is luxury and high class in pakistan…
    appreciated!!!

  • This is not a solid step to satisfy the thirst of a Common man or car lovers in my opinion. There is a big space for other brands to give a diversified flavor to Pakistani market, who have much better products in respect to luxury , safety and shape with the same price range of Creepy Corolla , City & Honda. example are . Hyundai’s Elantra , Sonata & Velocitor. Volkswagen’s POLO& Jetta , Nissan’s Sentra , Ford’s Focus & Fusion and Chevrolet Cruze , Malibu, caprice and so ooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn……..these are brands are already on roads in our neighborhood i.e India , UAE , Oman , Iran & few in Afghanistan even…… moreover Yaris & Vois are the same cakes named Vitz & Belta in Pak……


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