2018 is going to be exciting for Pakistan’s auto industry as many foreign investors and car makers have vowed to bring their top of the line vehicles to the local market. Pakistan revised its auto-policy back in 2016, which has attracted attention from some of the biggest names in the automobile world.
Many companies have already confirmed their plans for investing in Pakistan in the coming year, while others are in the process of acquiring the necessary approvals and local support.
Let’s take a look at what’s in the bag.
The first name that comes to mind is Renault. The French auto-manufacturing company, partnering with Al-Futtaim, formally announced to establish its assembly line in Pakistan in 2018. The vehicle we are expecting Renault to launch in Pakistan is the SUV “Duster”.
Renault SUV Duster
Duster has a 6-speed manual transmission. The vehicle, despite its 1460 cc engine, gives an amazing mileage of around 20 kms per litre.
Expected Price: Rs. 1.5 million to Rs 2.3 million
Kia Picanto was recently spotted on the motorway which has us thinking that the company will announce it officially soon. Apart from Kia Picanto, the following models are rumored to be launched in 2018.
Kia Rio 2018
Kia Rio 2018 is available as both a Sedan and a Hatchback. You can expect the car to cost around Rs. 2 million. The starting price on Kia is $13,900, the price may vary depending on the taxes.
Kia Carnival 2018 (MPV)
Plenty of room in this one for everyone. The family vehicle is luxurious and has premium looks.
Expected price: Rs 4.5 Million
Kia Sportage 2018 (SUV)
Expect this one to cost around Rs 3.5 million.
The interior looks amazing too.
The South Korean automobile giant is expected to launch four new models in 2018 in Pakistan.
This sedan has a base engine of 147 hp and goes 0-60mph in 7.8 seconds. The car comes in both, 6-gear automatic and 6-gear manual transmission. Expect it to cost above Rs 2 million.
The upgraded Verna model gives a mileage of 17.70kmpl to 15.92kmpl depending on the variant. It is expected to cost around Rs 1.5 million.
Hyundai Tucson (Crossover)
The four-door automatic transmission Tucson runs 10-13 kmpl. The 1999 cc Hyndai Tuscon costs above Rs 3 million.
Hyundai Creta (Crossover)
Expect this one to cost around Rs 2 million. Creta comes in 9 different colors with automatic and manual transmission variants.
Local companies are also expected to launch some exciting models. Here are a few to mention:
Indus Motors is planning for a big summer. The company is expected to discontinue XLI and GLI models and replace them with shiny new models. Toyota will launch following models:
Toyota Fortuner-Diesel Variant
Fortuner has already hit the roads, Toyota will launch its diesel variant in 2018. You can get this for Rs 5.5 million.
Toyota Vios or Toyota Yaris will replace XLI and GLI as per predicitons.
The 1300 cc car costs Rs 1.75 million, it is expected to be the replacement of XLI and GLI models.
2018 Yaris is an upgrade to the Vitz model. This 1000 cc car will cost Rs 1.6 to 1.8 million approximately.
Honda Civic 1.5L Turbo
Honda will relaunch the 1.5L Turbo variant of Honda Civic. The launch was delayed as Honda accused local fuel of being substandard quality and causing engine knocking and sensor failure. This variant of Civic will cost around Rs 2.8 million.
Pak Suzuki recently unveiled the 2018 mega carry for the local market, directly competing against Hyundai Shehzore. The vehicle costs Rs 1.5 million.
2018 Suzuki Mega Carry
Suzuki is also expected to launch 150 cc bikes in an attempt to gain a bigger share of bike market, details are yet to unveiled. The bike will cost somewhere around Rs. 150,000.
Apart from these companies, Road Prince will partner with Chinese company DFSK to launch 3 Completely Built Unit Vehicles.
Expected price: Rs. 600,000-800,000
DFSK Van Pasajeros V
Expected Price: Rs 1.5 Million
Volkswagen and Sazgar
Sazgar Engineering will team up with with a Chinese auto manufacturer to assemble cars in Pakistan. Representatives of Volkswagen, one of the biggest car companies in the world, also met with PM Pakistan and showed great interest in investing in Pakistan. Volkswagen previously announced that they will launch T6 & Amarok cars in Pakistan soon.
This four-wheel-drive six-gear automatic transmission pickup truck is surely something to look at. The truck will cost Rs 4-5 million.
Volkswagen T6 passenger van is best for you if you are planning a trip north with family. International price of the van ranges from Rs 3.8 million to Rs 4.8 million.
Sound off in the comments section and let us know which one do you like the best.