As the Indus Motor Company (IMC) is preparing to launch the all-new Toyota Yaris in the country this year, it might also launch the 12th generation of Corolla in Pakistan in the year 2021. Note here that the car is already available in Thailand and it is high time that the company launches the car in Pakistan.
The arrival of Yaris is creating a window for Toyota to differentiate it from Corolla as both sedans will target different segments of the customers. Introducing the 12th generation will also help the company provide good competition to the new entrants and the existing players in the market.
Toyota will launch 1.8L (138bhp) and 1.6L (120bhp) variants in Pakistan for Corolla as 1.3L, and 1.5L displacements will now come under the umbrella of Yaris. In Thailand, Toyota also launched a 1.8L hybrid engine Corolla as well to capture the growing demand for fuel-efficient and environment-friendly cars.
From its launch in Thailand, we can gauge what we can possibly get in Pakistan from IMC. The three variants launched included CVT transmissions.
The exterior design of the 12th-gen Corolla is called “shooting robust” by Toyota. Therefore, the exterior design has solid, sharp, and sleek lines. The interior, on the other hand, has a clean and wide design that offers practicality and spaciousness to its occupants.
This generation of Corolla is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), which adds a lower center of gravity for better handling and rigidity in the body frame of the car. As far as the exterior is concerned, it resembles a bit with its elder sibling, Camry. The front grille is also bigger than the outgoing model, and the roofline is rounded to give an elegant look to the sedan. The side mirrors integrate the turn signal, and they automatically fold.
There is a 7-speed CVT-i gearbox with the sequential shift in the Thai models. Some of the features that we can expect locally are LED Daytime Running Lights, smart entry, LED rear lamps, 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, 17-Inch alloy wheels, push-start ignition, automatic air conditioning system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, electronic parking brake, rear air vents, auto-brake hold, and a rear sunshade.
Safety features are also abundant in the 12th generation of Corolla. These include Hill-start Assist Control, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), tire pressure monitoring system, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), traction control system, Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), 7 SRS airbags and brake assist function. The top-of-the-line variant of Corolla also gets a lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.
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