The car industry of Pakistan isn’t anywhere as big as ours. However, its car market gets some really good cars that aren’t available in our country. Here are ten interesting cars Pakistan gets, but India doesn’t.
Pick-up trucks have never been popular in India. Even the Isuzu V-cross, which has found quite a few takers in India, isn’t anywhere as popular as some similarly priced SUVs. No wonder, then, that the Toyota Hilux isn’t available in India. The Hilux is the same pick-up truck with which the Fortuner shares its underpinnings. The Pakistan-spec Hilux is powered by a 2755-cc, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine that outputs 130 PS and 420 Nm.
The Avanza is basically a smaller-than-Innova-Crysta MPV that’s not on sale in India but is available in Pakistan. The Avanza is the size of the Maruti Ertiga and the now defunct Honda Mobilio. It is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine that outputs 103 bhp. The Avanza is a very popular MPV in South East Asian markets as it isn’t too big in dimensions but offers comfortable seating for seven.
The Maruti Gypsy we all know of is basically a long wheelbase version of the first-gen Jimny. The latest Jimny is yet to make it to India but is available in Pakistan. The Jimny is a small, compact and sufficiently rugged compact SUV that offers a competent 4wd system and the same G13 1.3-litre petrol engine that powers the Gypsy. For the Jimny, this motor outputs 80 bhp and 110 Nm.
While the BMW 2-Series is yet to make it to our country, the Pakistan car market gets the entire 2-series range, including the very tasty BMW M2. The M2 is basically the successor of the 1 Series M Coupe and is a fun-to-drive vehicle. It’s powered by a 3.0-litre straight-six engine that outputs 370 Bhp and 465 Nm. There are some speculations that the M2 is India-bound but we are yet to get an official word from BMW India.
While the upcoming facelift of the current-generation Honda Civic will make it to India next year, the latest Civic is already available in Pakistan. This is the same car that was showcased at this year’s Auto Expo. The tenth-generation Civic is powered by the same 1.8-litre engine that powered the India-spec eighth-gen Civic.
The Honda HR-V finds itself slotted between the BR-V and the CR-V. This is another SUV that isn’t available in India but has been on sale in Pakistan. The HR-V is a globally successful model that draws power from a 1.5-litre iVTEC petrol engine outputting 118 bhp and 145 Nm. It comes mated to a CVT.
The Suzuki Vitara is yet another SUV that is available in Pakistan but is yet to make it to India. The Vitara is slightly smaller than the Hyundai Creta but is as feature-laden. In Pakistan, it’s powered by a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that outputs 115 bhp. The SUV has a ground clearance of 185 mm.
While Kia is yet to start selling its cars in India, the premium Korean automaker is already present in Pakistan. One of the globally-acclaimed cars it sells in Pakistan is the Kia Sportage. It’s powered by a 2.4-litre petrol engine that outputs 182 bhp. It offers a comfortable and feature-laden cabin.
The Kia Rio is a not-so-distant relative of the Hyundai Elite i20 that is available in Pakistan. The Rio is a feature-laden model that comes with a choice of 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre petrol engines. While the 1.2-litre motor outputs 83 bhp, the 1.4-litre engine offers 99 bhp.
The Toyota Hiace is a popular large van that has been doing well in Pakistan’s car market. The Hiace is very popular in the commercial vehicle segment as it can carry 13 occupants comfortably. In Pakistan, the Hiace is available with a 2.5-litre diesel engine and a 2.7-litre petrol engine. The Hiace was earlier speculated to be India-bound. Now, however, it looks like the more luxurious Toyota Alphard will make it to India.