The Corolla Cross Hybrid is about to start local assembly at Toyota Indus Motor Company (IMC).
According to a trustworthy source with knowledge of the situation, the corporation has finished the major structural and mechanical advancements and is now concentrating on the fit and finish of the vehicle.
The company has begun work on the nameplates, logos, and fittings for the vehicle, he continued.
The company is going forward at full speed, according to the source, and plans to introduce the Corolla Cross in the first few months of 2023.
The vendors are nearly finished developing the local parts, the insider continued, citing a confidential document. He added that Corolla Cross assembly may start as early as late December 2022.
Early in 2021, the Toyota Corolla Cross entered Pakistan as a rival to the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage.
However, it had a hefty price tag and arrived as a completely built-up (CBU) automobile, which diminished its attractiveness.
It has a 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder hybrid petrol engine that works with an electric motor to provide 305 Newton-meters (nm) of torque and 168 horsepower (hp), which are sent to the front wheels using an e-CVT transmission.
Approximately 18 to 20 kilometers per liter is a remarkable fuel economy for the Corolla Cross hybrid.
Parking sensors, hill-start assist, cruise control, traction control, stability control, collision warning, seven airbags, auto-rain sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control, and other essential features are just a few of the features it possesses.
Toyota IMC just announced during its quarterly briefing that Corolla Cross will make its debut in late 2023, according to Topline Securities.
However, according to the most recent sources, the company might introduce its first locally-made hybrid vehicle in the first half of 2023.
Following the introduction of the Haval H6 HEV in Pakistan, auto enthusiasts believe that the car manufacturer has accelerated the local production of the Corolla Cross.
The former may compete for the title of “Pakistan’s most popular locally assembled hybrid vehicle,” while the latter has claimed the title of “Pakistan’s first hybrid vehicle.”
To read our blog on “Launch of the Haval H6 HEV (Hybrid) by Sazgar in Pakistan,” click here.