Both the Corolla XLi and Corolla GLi have remained the hot favorite of many automotive consumers in Pakistan for a very long time. Toyota introduced both XLi and GLi variant back in 2001-2002 when Indus Motors launched 9th generation Corolla. And since then, the company has kept the moniker for branding it lesser Corolla variant.
But now the rumors are that Toyota Pakistan has finally decided to get rid of these two models. And it is not just about killing the name. Rumors suggest that Toyota Indus is ultimately going to kill the 1300cc Corolla. And instead, a new 1300cc Toyota model will be launched. For now, people are suggesting it is going to be some sort of Honda City competitor. So it could be either a Yaris or a Vios. And since Toyota in Pakistan is closely link with Toyota Thailand, I would bet my money on 2018 Toyota Vios.
But I must say this once again; for now the news is not confirmed and mostly rumors. So I would advise you to take it with a grain of salt. Also, this is not new. A couple of years, similar rumors surfaced but nothing happened. But let’s hope it happens this time.
But if Toyota does launch a smaller car, a Honda City competitor, Toyota must have realised that maybe what Honda Pakistan is doing is a better strategy. Then they will have one bigger model with 1.6 and 1.8 Corolla, like Honda has its Civic. And a smaller version with a smaller 1.3L engine, like Honda City. Also, some are suggesting that Toyota Pakistan will launch two variants of Toyota Vios /Yaris, a hatchback and a sedan model. But let’s just wait and see.
We all would like to see new models being introduced in Pakistan like this Toyota Vios, but what are your thoughts on Toyota killing such iconic models like XLi or GLi cars. Let us know in the comments section below.