It will not be wrong to say that the year 2021 has been quite remarkable for Pakistan’s automotive sector. We saw some amazing new cars as well as there were some solid steps taken for the betterment of automotive consumers of Pakistan in general; from having legislation to bring safety standards to all new cars to having incentives for carmakers to localise the manufacturing so that we can get cheaper vehicles on a whole.
We had launches of some handful of new SUVs like BAIC BJ40, Haval Jolion and H6, MG HS and ZS/ZS EV, and DFSK Glory to name a few. But from the announcements made by various other existing and new car assemblers, it appears the 2022 is going to be just as exciting if not more than 2021.
If you have read our 2021 automotive roundup published previously, we mentioned the potential new vehicles that you can expect to be launched in 2022; cars that were announced as well as cars that you can expect to see in 2022. In this blog, we will be talking about them in a little more detail. So here are the vehicles (SUVs and cars) that you can expect to see in 2022.
Toyota Corolla 12th gen
The current generation Corolla has been in production for 5 years now. Internationally it was discontinued in 2019, and 12th gen was launched. Now Indus Motors is also gearing up to launch the new 12th gen Corolla in Pakistan. The car will be available with the standard 1800cc engine variant. Chances are there will be a hybrid version as well with the similar drivetrain that you get in Prius or JDM hybrid Corolla.
Honda Civic 11th gen
Maybe the most exciting car on the list is the imminent launch of the upcoming 11th gen Honda Civic in Pakistan. The test mule of the new car wrapped in masking decal has been seen roaming on the roads of Pakistan lately. Powerplant-wise, expect the car to come with the same configurations you have in the current 10th gen Honda Civic; 1.5 turbo with CVT and 1.8 NA with CVT. As for the price is concerned, expect it to be around the 5 million mark give or take a couple of lacs. The current top of the line Civic is priced at 5 million. So expect the new gen top of the line Civic to be around the same price mark. The car is rumoured to be launched in the first half of 2022.
Pak Suzuki has already discontinued the current Suzuki Swift. The news is old now. And this lead to the logical conclusion that Suzuki Pakistan is preparing for the launch of the new Swift. The now discontinued Suzuki Swift remained in production for more than 11 years. It was famous for its fast but thirsty 1300cc engine and its good handling. The new Swift in question is the 4th generation Swift in the context of the international market. It is important to mention this since many car models being sold are either older international models or just obsolete models that are only being sold in Pakistan. The 4th gen Swift has already been discontinued internationally but it will be launched here in Pakistan. This is something Honda Pakistan has also done with the launch of the new City which was already discontinued internationally yet Honda Pakistan launched it here anyway, calling it “All-new City”. So Suzuki will be doing the same thing. The car will be launched with Suzuki’s newer generation 1200cc petrol engine. In Japan, the same Swift was offered with a 1000cc turbo engine but considering the lack of trust people have in our fuel quality and the issues it brings with it, it is safe to say that only a naturally aspirated model will be sold in Pakistan.
Peugeot is a French car company that will be working with Pakistan’s Lucky Motors, the local partners of Kia Korea, and will be launching small crossover SUVs like Peugeot 2008, Peugeot 3008, and the larger model called Peugeot 5008. Lucky Motors has seen a lot of success in Pakistan with Kia. And one of the major reasons of its success was the competitively priced cars compared to the existing automakers and their cars. It will be interesting how the Peugeot cars are priced and will they be able to achieve the first mover advantage like they did with Sportage. The leaked footage of a Peugeot 2008 rolling off the Lucky Motor plant has confirmed its existence and it is safe to say the launch of the new car is immanent.
Javed Afridi, the owner of MG Pakistan is famous for teasing new models on his twitter every now and then. Two of those numerous teasers are MG 3, and MG 5 aka MG GT. MG 3 is a hatchback, and MG 6 is a compact sedan.
Considering Suzuki Swift is the only big locally assembled hatchback in Pakistan, cars like this MG3 and BAIC D20 hatchbacks have a great opportunity to break Swift’s hold on the market if both these cars are priced right and their aftersales is good.
MG GT has been making rounds all over Pakistan for people to see it up close and personal at various publicly accessible venues. Engine-wise, there are options of either a 1.5 turbo or a 1.5 non-turbo. If 1.5 turbo is launched, it is going to be considerably desirable for people who would like to have a fast car at a competitive price considering the 1.5 turbo Civic is already priced at 5 million and the new 11th gen turbo Civic is going to be even more expensive.
The German automotive giant Volkswagen has signed partnership with Pakistan’s Premiere Motors Limited and will be assembling smaller passenger and commercial vehicles at their plant that is being constructed right now in Hub, Balochistan. Premiere Motors will also be assembling Skoda cars in Pakistan at the same time. Keep in mind Skoda belongs to VW Group and they share a lot of technology and parts. So its possible the cars will be tagged under Skoda’s name whereas the commercial vehicles like loaders and vans will be sold under Volkswagen badge.
Ghandhara Nissan, the parent company of Chery Pakistan, announced only a few weeks ago the upcoming Chery Tiggo 4 Pro and Chery Tiggo 8 Pro crossover SUVs in Pakistan. Chery Tiggo 7 Pro is also expected to make an appearance in the lineup. Tiggo 4 Pro will come with a 1.5 turbo whereas the Tiggo 8 Pro, which is a significantly bigger vehicle, will come with a 1.6L turbo engine. Ghandhara is aggressively expanding and improving its dealership network and assembly plant respectively.
DFSK Glory 500
The smaller sibling of the 7-seater Glory 580 is also going to be launched by DFSK China’s local partners Regal Motors. The car is significantly smaller than the bigger Glory 580 and is aimed at people who will be interested in cars of the size as the MG ZS or the upcoming Peugeot 3008 or Tiggo 4 Pro. This is also the same segment Proton wants to enter with their Proton X50.
The Proton X50, as mentioned above is the similar size as the 3008 Peugeot, Glory 500 and Chery Tiggo 4. Right now, maybe the Suzuki Vitara is the only similarly sized vehicle in this car-size segment. Rest of them are either bigger like the Tucson, X70 or the MG HS, or a bit too small like the current Kia Stonic or the upcoming Peugeot 2008. In Malaysia, the Proton X50 comes equipped with the same award-winning 1500cc 3-cylinder turbocharged engine that is available in the current X70 Proton here in Pakistan. But the question is, will Al-Haj and Proton Malaysia keep the same engine that is available in their flagship model or will they change it to a smaller, like some 1.2 turbo, or a 1.4L naturally aspirated engine for Pakistan? That we will have to wait and see.
Changan Oshan X7 Plus
Changan has been teasing SUVs for as long as they have been operating in Pakistan. Although Changan China offers many SUVs, Master Motors, Chagan’s Pakistani partners, have decided to launch the Changan Oshan X7 Plus in Pakistan. Oshan X7 Plus, like almost every Chinese SUV of the similar size, comes with a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The great thing about this car is that it will be assembled here in Pakistan and exported to other countries that have right-hand drive vehicles. This is a great opportunity for Pakistan to become a certified car exporter.
So there are some of the major confirmed as well as rumoured cars and SUVs that we can expect to see in 2022. Tell us which model are you most excited about in the comments section below.