It was being reported since last few months that Pak Suzuki is working on to re-introduce an air-conditioned version of Bolan, and now we have the first images of a Suzuki Bolan VXL that comes equipped with AC for both front and rear seat passengers.
The new Bolan VXL is exactly same on the outside as well as inside with the only difference being the presence of AC and a few badges. The AC controls appear to be poorly retrofitted while there are still no third row seats which the company had taken out many years ago.
Suzuki Bolan VXL with AC
This isn’t the first time that air-conditioner has been offered with Bolan, in fact not many remember that back in the past, Bolan (which is the 7th gen Suzuki Carry Hiroof) was available with both AC and non AC variants. Later on however, Pak Suzuki pulled the plugs off the other variants. As a reminder, in 2006/07 there were 4 variants of Suzuki Bolan on sale with base STD version priced at PKR 3.67 lac, the STD with factory-fitted CNG at PKR 4.04 lac, Bolan GL (with AC) for PKR 4.27 lac and the Bolan GL with CNG for PKR 4.61 lac.
Suzuki Bolan brochure in Pakistan: Year 2006/07
The AC fitted Bolan VXL will likely be the final iteration of the 43 years old model in Pakistan. This is because the government in its latest Auto Industry Development and Export Policy (AIDEP 2021-26) has decided that no vehicle shall be allowed to go on sale whether locally manufactured or imported, after June 30, 2022 which is not compliant of shortlisted WP29 regulations. The shortlisted regulations include the mandatory inclusion of dual airbags (for driver & front passenger), which is technically not possible to be deployed in the obsolete Suzuki Bolan which is in fact a 7th gen Carry from 1979.
Although the new Suzuki Bolan VXL have appeared to be reaching the dealerships, there is no official announcement from Pak Suzuki regarding its launch & pricing as of yet. However with the inclusion of air-conditioner, the price tag will likely receive a major bump. Currently, the Suzuki Bolan is priced at PKR 11.78 lac while the Cargo variant is priced at PKR 11.65 lac.
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