The Indian automobile industry is one of the biggest vehicle markets around the globe. With several global manufacturers locking horns with each other, there are a plethora of vehicles across all segments in India. Compared to the automobile industry of our neighbours, ours is definitely a huge space. But with that said, there are several vehicles that our neighbours have that we sadly miss. Wondering which vehicles are these? Read on to know more.
A vehicle that does quite well in the global scenario, the Honda HR-V is a crossover SUV that our neighbours enjoy. The HR-V is positioned between the BR-V and CR-V in terms of segmentation. Powered by Honda’s 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, the vehicle returns 118 PS of power with 145 Nm of torque. As a crossover SUV, the Honda BR-V is a superb vehicle that has been delivering a great performance worldwide. Perhaps this is the reason why Honda is also looking forward to launching the vehicle in India.
One of the most talked-about vehicles in India, the Suzuki Jimny is another jewel that our neighbours have and we don’t! What we do have is the Gypsy; a version based on the glorious Suzuki Jimny. Coming back to Pakistan, they have got the chance to enjoy the Jimny for quite a while now. Although in its previous generation, the Suzuki Jimny is still available in Pakistan with an excellent 4×4 drivetrain and a capable 1.3-litre G13 petrol engine that returns 80 PS with 110 NM. While our neighbours are wishing for an upgrade, we are still waiting for the Jimny to arrive. Sad isn’t it?
Toyota Hilux Pickup Truck
The sluggish growth of the Isuzu V-Cross is a testament to how pick-up trucks aren’t the most trending vehicles in India. No wonder why Toyota chose to launch their Hilux Pickup in Pakistan than in India. Nonetheless, the Hilux is a supremely capable pickup truck. As a matter of fact, the Hilux is the same pick-up truck with which the Fortuner shares its underpinnings. In terms of specs, Pakistan launched Hilux is powered by a massive 2.8 litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine that pumps 130 PS and 420 Nm.
Another gem by Toyota, the Avanza is an MPV that is smaller than the Innova Crysta. However, despite its smaller dimensions, the Avanza can seat 7 in comfort. A reason why it is quite a popular MPV in many South Asian markets. In Pakistan, the Avanza is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine that outputs 103 PS of power. Sadly the Avanza misses the Indian market, but had it been there the reign of the Ertiga surely would have been at stake.
Entering India in 2019, Kia has definitely tasted fast success. But even before it entered India, Kia had entered Pakistan and rose to become one of Pakistan’s leading carmaker with a variety of vehicles in place. One such vehicle is the brilliant Kia Sportage; a highly popular mid-size SUV in the global markets. Owing to its comfortable and feature-rich cabin and a power-packed 182 PS 2.4-litre petrol burner the Kia Sportage has a lot of fans in Pakistan too. But looking at Kia’s success story back here in India, it is only a matter of time that we see Kia Sportage launched in India.
Since we are talking about Kia, there is another vehicle that deserves the mention. It is the Kia Rio: a premium hatchback that is essentially the Hyundai i20’s sibling. Acclaimed as a feature-loaded futuristic premium hatch, the Rio is another vehicle that our neighbours continue to enjoy but we don’t. Available with a 1.2-litre and a 1.4-litre petrol engine options, Rio has too has tasted success in Pakistan, and we strongly believe that it will arrive in India sooner or later.
The Vitara badging ring a bell, but it isn’t what you think. While India has loved the “Vitara Brezza” with open arms, the Suzuki Vitara is the larger SUV on which the Brezza is based. For comparison, the Suzuki Vitara is smaller than the Hyundai Creta by a little margin, but it is at par with the latter in terms of features. The Pakistan-spec Vitara arrives with a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder petrol motor that can churn up to 115 PS in the power output. Luckily, the Suzuki Vitara is bound to make its debut in the market.
Love the Toyota Fortuner? We bet you would love the Rush too. But sadly, you’ve to visit Pakistan to experience one. In terms of segmentation, the Rush is basically a smaller Fortuner. But just like its bigger sibling, the Rush is supremely capable. The handsome looking SUV is available in Pakistan with a 1.5-litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine that returns 105 PS of power with 136 Nm of torque. Though the Indian launch of the Toyota Rush is not confirmed, avid fans are speculating a launch in the near future.
Jumping over to the commercial segment, the Toyota Hiace is a badass van that is hugely popular in the commercial automobile markets. Capable of seating 13 in comfort, the Hiace is also loaded with top-notch features. Powering the Pakistan spec Hiace is a 2.5-litre diesel motor and a 2.7-litre petrol unit. With a country as populous as India, it is surprising that Toyota has refrained from launching the Hiace in India
BMW M3 Competition
Last but not the least, BMW M3 competition is a luxury sedan that India misses, but Pakistan does not. The M3 competition is a frontrunner in the BMW M series that is extremely power full and fast. Even though on quite an expensive side, the M3 competition is available in Pakistan with a 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol burner that goes 0 to 100 in just 3.8 seconds. A vehicle to look forward to all enthusiasts, India currently misses on the M3 competition.