Meet the Chinese Mehran- Brand New For Just 2.5 lacs in China

Jiangnan TT, photo by Tycho de Feijter
Jiangnan TT, photo by Tycho de Feijter

Suzuki Mehran which is the 2nd generation of Alto, is the cheapest car that we have here in Pakistan. It was launched back in 1989 with an ‘Alto’ name plate bearing a price tag of just around PKR 90,000/- and was later rebadged as ‘Mehran’ in 1992. Since then apart from fuel injection & some cosmetic changes nothing much has changed, however after nearly 27 years of its production life in Pakistan, a brand new Mehran cost PKR 630,000/- for the base VX version that comes without A/C and goes up to PKR 753,000/- for the VXR CNG which is equipped with A/C and CNG.

The price tag is quite debatable since the local Mehran misses out basic equipment & safety features. While the same car with better features and lower price tag was available in various automobile markets of the world. Such as in India, the Maruti 800 which was phased out in 2013 was available from just INR 278,000/- (PKR 449,000/-) up to INR 3.18 lac (PKR 514,000/-).

Other than Pakistan, China is the only other country where the 2nd generation of Alto is being made, but it comes with loads of features and bears a very affordable price tag. It is called the Jiangnan TT and is manufactured by Jiangnan Auto, a subsidiary of Zotye Automobiles. The list price of the TT starts at 20,800 yuan but dealers offer a 5,000 yuan discount, and that brings the price down to just 15,800 yuan, or $2,415! Equivalent to just PKR 251,000/-

Jiangnan TT, photo by Tycho de Feijter
Jiangnan TT, photo by Tycho de Feijter
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Jiangnan TT, photo by Tycho de Feijter
Jiangnan TT, photo by Tycho de Feijter
Jiangnan TT, photo by Tycho de Feijter

The fully loaded Jiangnan TT boasts a totally redesigned dashboard, 4 spoke steering wheel, cup holders, digital odometer, an Mp3 player with USB input, an Efi engine, front & rear seat-belts, collapsible steering column, ABS brakes, proper rear suspension with coil springs and dampers, alloy wheels & proper retract side mirrors etc.

Comparing it with fully loaded VXR CNG at PKR 753,000/-, our local Mehran doesn’t even offer half of the features offered by Jiangnan, still a buyer in Pakistan pays about 3 times the price of TT. It’s a matter of concern for those who pay such an outrageous amount for a car as basic as a Mehran and for the government itself which fails to have any control over the vehicle manufacturing standards in our country.

Information shared in this article is taken from Tycho de Feijter’s article: Cheapest Car In China
Images copyrights: Tycho de Feijter
More Pictures & detailed article on Suzuki Mehran:
Pak Suzuki- It Is Time To Bid Farewell To Mehran- Pakwheels Blog

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A car enthusiast associated with the 3D Animation industry of Pakistan since year 2000 having worked with leading organizations and production facilities across Pakistan. Passionate about cars ever since, and a strong desire to see the automobile industry of Pakistan flourish in true means, Usman Ansari has a vast experience of writing for major automobile portals of the country. Drives a Honda City SX8 as a daily runner, as well as a 10th generation Toyota Corolla Gli. CarSpiritPK.com was initiated by Usman Ansari in May 2016.

38 thoughts on “Meet the Chinese Mehran- Brand New For Just 2.5 lacs in China

  1. AssalamOAleikum,

    Usman bhai very nice article about this model. You are the first person who always informed us the latest news about vehicles in my circle.

    My question about this article is that what about the spare parts availability and does mechanics can handle the work for this model ?

    1. Walaikum Assalam.

      There isn’t any technical change apart from being Left Hand Drive. Spares can be imported from China if one wants to get installed in their Mehran, however I believe duty will be quite high!

      1. Asslamoalaikum …..when will b this car available in Pakistan ?? And what about price in Pakistan. ?

    2. Asslamoalaikum …..when will b this car available in Pakistan ?? And what about price in Pakistan. ?

    1. No its not. But Pak Suzuki should consider providing the features offered by the Jiangnan TT in the local feature-ripped yet expensive Mehran!

          1. I’m already using this car in Pakistan. It’s really hundred times better than local Mehran .
            Mien one was imported in 2010 …

  2. AoA,

    How we can import , I mean who are the dealers in across Punjab.
    cun u guide me the Process for import from Pakistan, and total charges?

  3. Its almost impossible this car to be launched in pakistan with this price tag.
    Because of high taxes and monopoly of suzuki it seems hard to ride this.

  4. I want to buy this car plz tell me adress and phone nomber for this car reply me must…..?

  5. I want to this car plz tell me adress and phone number for this car reply me must. …?

  6. Aoa brother i wanf to buy this car how can we buy and how many dues wo pay pizzzzzzzz brother give me information.
    thanks

  7. Hello.This post was really remarkable, especially because I was investigating for thoughts on this topic last Thursday.

  8. How much tax we haave to pay on it …?
    Its not a problem that its left hand driving…
    We will handle it
    Just bro tell me the total expense on this car with taax…

  9. Nice , but we pay 2.5 lac there than Custom 5.34 , its mean 8 lac , so it better to buy some good used Alto here or used Japanese car are available around 5 to 6 lac.

  10. Asslamoalaikum …..when will b this car available in Pakistan ?? And what about price in Pakistan. ?

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