The SUV market in Pakistan is going to become very interesting this year as reportedly Toyota is planning to launch its first Hybrid SUV in Pakistan which will be giving competition to Kia Sportage and, in the future to Hyundai Tucson. The new SUV will make its global debut this year while the best thing is, it will go on sale in Pakistan alongside.
Where Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tuscon have a 2.0L engine, this new Hybrid SUV will have a 1.8L engine as confirmed by our source, however, since it is a Hybrid vehicle coupled with an electric motor, it will give a combined output of a 2.4L capacity engine. Not only this, but the vehicle will also be able to run on EV mode. Since the new Toyota SUV is a hybrid vehicle, it will be environmentally friendly and will benefit the consumer in terms of fuel consumption.
To explore the benefits of a hybrid vehicle, we did a comparison between a 1.8L Civic/ Grande and a 1.8L Prius. The results were surprising! By using a hybrid vehicle, approximately Rs 500,000 worth fuel can be saved! Which means that the new Toyota SUV will also be saving, on an average, the similar amount of fuel in comparison to Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tuscon.
|1.8L Petrol Engine||1.8L Hybrid Engine|
|Daily KM drive||50 KMs||50 KMs|
|Monthly Mileage||1,500 KMs||1,500 KMs|
|Average mileage||11 KM/Ltr||22 KM/Ltr|
|Average consumption per month||136 Liters||68 Liters|
|Fuel Cost||Rs 117||Rs 117|
|Total monthly consumption||Rs 15,955||Rs 7,977|
|Yearly Cost(12 months)||191,455/-||95,727/-|
|Model Life Cost (5 years Life cycle)||957,273/-||478,636/-|
|Total Savings||Rs 478,636|
According to information, the new SUV will initially be imported as CBU however, depending on its success, there is a strong chance that it will be locally assembled. This seems to be very promising as it will bring along in Pakistan not just a vehicle but also the technology and training to go with it.
The number of vehicles introduced in the market this year has been amazing! With the expected launch of Hyundai Tucson, the competition in SUV’s is going to increase dramatically this year. However, the new Toyota SUV in particular, seems to be a strong contender in the SUV market. We believe its an exciting development as there will be a very healthy competition between Toyota’s new Hybrid SUV, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson as well as the Proton X70. What are your thoughts on Toyota’s new upcoming SUV? Let us know in the comments.
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