Even though India is the fourth largest car market in the world, there are many interesting cars that our neighbours get, but India does not. One such country is Sri Lanka that gets many interesting cars from the manufacturers that are present in India. Which cars are these? Let’s find out. Don’t forget to watch the video at the end!
Suzuki Swift RS Hybrid
Maruti launched the all-new Swift in the Indian market earlier this year. There are many talks around the sportier version of the Swift but the manufacturer has not confirmed anything about the launch of the hatchback in India. The Sri Lankan market gets a 1.2-litre Hybrid Swift that also has a 4WD option.
The RS Hybrid Swift looks quite similar to the regular Swift, but comes with a sportier grille. The car is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces a maximum of 89 Bhp. The hybrid system is similar to the SHVS feature that is available with the cars like Ciaz and Ertiga in India. With the Hybrid system, the car returns a maximum of 27 km/l.
Suzuki WagonR Hybrid
While the WagonR is extremely popular in the Indian market, in Sri Lanka, Suzuki offers the all-new WagonR Hybrid. The car was first launched in the Japanese market last year and is only available with the hybrid engine in the island country.
It gets powered by the 660cc, three-cylinder petrol engine that develops a maximum of 51 Bhp and 60 Nm of peak torque. It only gets a CVT transmission and claimed fuel efficiency of 33.4 km/l.
While the WR-V has become extremely popular in the Indian market, there were a few rumours claiming that Honda may launch the HR-V compact SUV in the market too. The Sri Lankan market gets the Honda HR-V compact SUV that is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine and develops around 118 Bhp and 145 Nm. Automatic cars are quite popular in the Lankan market and it gets the torque converter automatic transmission with a lock-up clutch. There is no manual transmission available with the car.
Nissan offers both the Y61 and Y62 Patrol SUVs in the Sri Lankan market. While the Y61 is the legendary vehicle, the Y62 is a newer version that has replaced the older car in many international markets. The car is available in two versions powered by the same engine block. Both the versions get a 5.5-litre V8 engine block while one gets direct fuel injection and produces 397 Bhp and 560 Nm.
The other version of the engine gets an MPFI system that produces a maximum of 319 Bhp and 526 Nm. The higher powered engine gets a 7-speed automatic transmission while the other one gets a 5-speed transmission.
The Navara is a full-size pick-up truck that belongs to the segment of the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour. The 7-seater SUV is available in the Sri Lankan market and is quite popular too. It gets powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an automatic transmission. There is no plan to launch the Navara in the Indian market though.
Hyundai showcased the premium sedan Ioniq at the 2018 Auto Expo, Delhi, earlier this year. The Sri Lankan market already gets the model in a hybrid form. The full-hybrid version of the car is powered by a 1.6-litre GDi petrol engine that churns out a maximum of 102 BHP and 147 Nm of maximum torque. The petrol engine is supported by an electric motor that adds 42.4 BHP of additional power and 169.4 Nm.
Toyota Rush is another compact SUV that is available in the Sri Lankan market and competes with the likes of Mahindra XUV500. The 7-seater SUV is available with both petrol and diesel engine options in the Lankan market. It gets a 1.5-litre petrol engine that develops a maximum power of 107 Bhp and a peak torque of 141 Nm. There is a diesel engine too that generates a maximum of 100 Bhp and 220 Nm.
The Toyota RAV4 is a popular SUV in many international markets. The RAV4 takes on the likes of Honda CR-V. It is powered by a 2.5-litre petrol engine in the Lankan market and gets a hybrid option too. The 2.5-litre engine generates a maximum power of 176 Bhp and 233 Nm. The hybrid version offers 194 Bhp and 279 Nm. Both the engine options are only available with an automatic transmission option and there is no AWD system available with the car.
Toyota Innova Crysta is a highly popular car in the Indian market. However, Toyota never launched the Avanza, which is a smaller sibling of the Crysta, in India. The Avanza competes with the likes of Suzuki Ertiga and looks quite similar to the Toyota Innova Crysta. It is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine that generates a maximum of 103 Bhp and 136 Nm. There is a smaller 1.3-litre engine too that generates a maximum of 95 Bhp and 121 Nm.
The Hilux is an extremely popular vehicle in the international markets. It is based on the same platform as the Toyota Fortuner but because of the low popularity of the pick-up trucks here, the car never made it to India. The Hilux comes with a range of engine options. The pick-up truck that is quite capable is powered by a range of petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol engine ranges from 2.0-litre to 4.0-litre while the diesel engine option ranges from 2.4-litre to 3.0-litre. Toyota’s official website in Sri Lanka does not mention the engine options available in the domestic market.