The highly anticipated United Bravo launched in Pakistan on 8th September 2018 with all eyes already set on it long before the launch. The car was steeped in rumours, speculations and anticipation. Rightly so as it was expected to replace the well-loved but outdated Pakistan favourite, Suzuki Mehran.
Originally the United Bravo had been expected to launch on 1st September. However, due to undisclosed reasons, the launch was delayed to the 8th.
The vehicle, however, is not a United Motors original. Instead it is a renamed Dahe 350 from Chinese manufacturer, Luoyong Dahe New Energy plant.
Specifications of the United Bravo include a 3 cylinder, 796cc, water-cooled engine with 40 BHP, 60 NM torque and 4-speed manual transmission.
Compared to the Suzuki Mehran, the Bravo offers power steering, power windows for all 4 seats, central locking, air conditioning, a rear window defroster, a security alarm, keyless entry, touchscreen infotainment, alloy wheels, and a reverse camera.
All of these are features unavailable in the Suzuki Mehran VX which can basically be considered a senior citizen by now. Some of these are features even the Suzuki Mehran VXR, Suzuki Wagon R VXR, and Suzuki Wagon R VXL does not offer.
Originally the car was expected to be around 6 to 7 lakh. However, thr United Bravo has come in at a slightly pricier PKR 850,000. The Suzuki Mehran VX costs a cheaper PKR 726,000.
The Suzuki Mehran is a tried and tested national favourite whereas the United Bravo is a fresh new comer. United Bravo is a new car from a fairly new company. As such,it does hold some negative points according to reviews but has received an overall positive feedback
Will this be the start of a new countrywide favourite that will send the Suzuki Mehran into retirement? Or a failed, over-hyped disappointment? Only time will tell.