It has been revealed that Indus Motor Company (IMC) has propagated a new aberration to the Toyota Corolla offering in Pakistan. It has dawned that the most recent addition is the inclusion of a manual transmission variant equipped with a 1.6L Altis engine which was in the past offered with a 4-speed automatic transmission.
The price of the Altis 1.6L AT is PKR 33.09 lacs, however, the new Altis 1.6L MT is priced at PKR 31.59 lacs. As a welcome addition to the 6-speed manual transmission, the newer Altis MT gets 9-inch in-dash entertainment system and a 15-inch steel rim trim that has wheel caps having 195/65 R15 tires installed as an aberration to the existent 205/55 R16 in the AT version. Furthermore, there is no meter to show Economy mode and no driver seat height adjuster in the novel variant.
The all-new Corolla Altis 1.6L will feature dual SRS airbags, steering switches, a new Optitron meter display with 4.2” TFT color MID, wireless key with immobilizer, trunk opener & panic button, in-dash entertainment system with 9” display, front USB, and auxiliary ports with USB charging, and a rear-seat USB charger.
Last year in October, the rumor spread that Toyota IMC has launched this manual version in the market. However, an investigation revealed that the company has not launched or introduced any new vehicle in the market, let alone a manual version of Altis 1.6.
The sources did tell investigators that the company had only made 5-10 units of manual Altis 1.6L for testing purposes. A few of the Toyota dealers were offering these cars to their customers with a price tag of PKR 3,049,000. The source further revealed that there was a high possibility that after the successful test run the company might launch the car in the market in H1 of 2020.
IMC is in process of introducing the 12th generation Toyota Corolla, camouflaged test mules of which were spotted testing on the roads already. However, the company has discontinued the 1.3L Corolla variants in favor of the new Yaris sedan has witnessed an alarming 61% decline in Corolla sales. Just 22,140 Corolla units were sold in FY2019-20 compared to 56,720 units sold in the preceding financial year.
The introduction of the Altis Manual as the cheapest available variant in the Toyota Corolla lineup might help IMC clear out the stocks faster.
However, the launch of this car was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic followed by a shutdown in Pakistan. Through this new launch, Toyota IMC will try to increase its sales, after almost one-and-half-year of low sales. The high taxes, inflation, and low sales demand have impacted the sales of all major car manufacturers in Pakistan. The sales showed a positive sign just last month when Toyota recorded a spike in month-on-month sales.