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The automobile industry of Pakistan is finally moving towards a new era where the consumers have a choice of buying a vehicle in their respective budget. Suzuki Mehran, which has enjoyed a monopoly for the past three decades, has eventually found a rival last year in the shape of United Bravo. To make the competition even intense, here’s another blow to Pak Suzuki as Regal automobiles in collaboration with DFSK is all set to launch its Pearl Rex7 in H1 of 2019. Although, Pak Suzuki will be discontinuing its Mehran somewhere around April, 2019, but at the moment, let’s see how the comparison of two low budget cars shapes up.
Suzuki Mehran, as a matter of fact, has been an unchanged hatchback by the auto manufacturer for the last thirty years, apart from a few cosmetic changes. We are already in 2019 yet Mehran lacks safety and entertainment features. United Bravo made a breakthrough with its launch as the hatchback came equipped with safety as well as an exterior and interior look that is modern. However, there have been mixed reviews regarding its build quality. Nonetheless, it provides consumers with another choice now. The manufacturers for both the United Bravo and Prince Pearl are Chinese; however, there is a good chance of seeing a good quality product been introduced by the DFSK, as it has already proved itself in the market.
Prince Pearl has an outlook that outperforms the old-school Mehran quite comfortably and seems quite identical to United Bravo. The hatchback is provided with stylish crystal headlamps underneath which is a body coloured bumper that has a room for fog lamps in it. The interior looks stunning as one can see in the pictures attached. The features such as power windows, power steering, multimedia display, and digital instrument cluster win it the race over Mehran without any sort of competition. As a part of speculation, we can easily say that Pearl would be much more comfortable than Mehran because the latter offers no comfort at all. We are yet to confirm the availability of an extra tyre compartment in the rear of Pearl which is one of the most important aspects if you are going on a long drive on the roads of Pakistan. United Bravo, unfortunately, lacks this feature currently, however, the company is looking forward to adding it in the future.
In terms of fuel economy, Prince Pearl is expected to give a 22km/litre average inside the city and 25km/litre on highways which in comparison with Mehran is much more. However, we can assess the exact mileage of Prince Pearl only once it comes on the roads before then everything remains speculation.
One significant factor while purchasing a low-budget car is the price tag for the consumers. With an expected price of Rs.7-7.5 lac, Prince Pearl is far ahead of any product in the automobile market of Pakistan at the moment. Suzuki Mehran costs you Rs.860,000 as of now which doesn’t seem justified if we look at the features offered by the upcoming Pearl. United Bravo is available in the market at Rs.895,000 (Ex-factory price) and even the upcoming 660cc Suzuki Alto is expected to be somewhere around 9-10 lac.
Have a close look at the comparison sheet of features and specifications of Suzuki Mehran and Prince Pearl (expected).
After comparing these features and specifications of the two low-budget cars, one can easily declare Pearl as the winner. On the other hand, it’s not going to be a walk in the park for Pak Suzuki when it launches its 600cc Alto this year as the new entrants are offering their products at comparatively low price. Due to the competition, it’s a win-win situation for the consumers at the end of the day. However, Regal Automobiles need to formulate a consumer-friendly strategy at the launch of their vehicle in H1 of this year. One critical part of which would be offering a test-drive to the customers. After all, it’s the right of every buyer to experience a new product in the market they are going to pay for.
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