Shafaqna Pakistan:Amid Pakistan’s economic slump Suzuki has decided to discontinue one of its most used and affordable vehicles from the market, providing an alternative with its newest budget-friendly ‘Prince Pearl’.
Suzuki’s decision to discontinue Mehran has greatly affected the automotive buying power of the lower-income and middle-class individuals, as the cheapest car from Pakistan’s leading automotive companies now costs more than Rs.1.5 million.
This led to a widespread demand in Pakistan’s auto industry for an alternative to Suzuki Mehran, which continues to have a dominant presence on roads across the country. United Bravo emerged as the first car that truly had the potential to emerge as a budget-friendly ride, however, it failed to satisfy consumers in terms of quality. The same can be said for the recently launched Suzuki Alto, as its quality has failed to substantiate the price for which it is being sold in the markets.
Prince Pearl: Budget-Friendly Alternative
Prince’s Pearl REX7 Hatchback appears to be the newest contender for budget-conscious auto enthusiasts, and this 800cc car is the product of a joint venture between China’s DFSK and Pakistan’s Regal Automobiles.
Ever since its emergence, Prince Pearl has given a tough competition to United Bravo with one dominating difference: Prince Pearl offers a four-forward ride while United Bravo is a five-forward drive. Other than that, the Pearl appears to be the best option to replace the position garnered by Suzuki Mehran, as long as the Prince brand name succeeds in upholding its quality, a factor that United appears to have neglected in its Bravo.
Pre-Booking for Prince Pearl
Given the lack of affordable small hatchbacks, Prince Pearl has garnered a powerful surge of demand as it offers both, superior quality and a contemporary design despite the cost-efficient price tag.
Presently, there are 13 3s dealerships (Sales, Service & Spare Parts) across Pakistan from where you can make a pre-booking for Prince Pearl. Media reports reveal that authorized dealers are pre-booking Prince Pearl for Rs.0.9 million to Rs.1 million, which is around 9 to 10 lac rupees. However, there have no reports that disclose the actual price of the vehicle at this point.
Authorized dealers have informed all potential buyers that the actual price tag will lie within the range of 9 to 10 lac rupees, which has been disclosed to the interested customers.
Prince Pearl is presently being pre-booked on a first-come, first-service basis. The cars that have been booked so far are expected to be delivered in the first week of November; however, there can be further delays depending on when the pre-booking was made.
The pre-booking for Prince Pearl is due to the end a week before the automotive company will begin distributing the vehicles.
Prince Pearl Specifications
- 796cc water-cooled EFI engine
- 40 horsepower
- 60 Nm torque
- Ground clearance: 145mm
- Turning radius: 4.5m
- Gross weight: 735 Kg
- Fuel Type: Petrol
- Steering Type: Rack and Pinion with Electric Motor
- Fuel tank capacity: 27L
- Mileage City: 22 KM/L
- Mileage Highway: 25 KM/L
- Transmission Type: Manual and Auto
- Seating Capacity: 5 persons
- Top Speed: 120-130 KM/H
- Front Wheel-drive
- Brakes: Front: Discs, Rear: Drums
- Suspension: Front: McPherson independent; Rear: Coil Spring
- Tyres: 155/65R13 etc
Furthermore, the hatchback is coming in various colours including pure white, Cairo gold, brown and pearl red. As of now, the price of the car has not been confirmed, however, as per our source, it will be priced at around PKR 7 to 7.5 lac.
Prince is already in possession of CBU units for trial and testing purposes. The company will be launching the car in two different variants; manual and automatic. Pearl is equipped with all the bells and whistles.
Prince Pearl Features
- Power window
- Central locking
- Modern-looking LCD
- Power steering
- Aluminium Rims
- Air conditioner