The Toyota Platz is a sub-compact car produced by Japanese cars manufacturer Toyota, from 1999 to 2005. It was later replaced by Toyota Belta, which is not in production anymore (in Japan). It had been sold in the international markets as the Toyota Echo and Toyota Yaris. The car enjoyed good sales in its initial years and customers still actively look for Toyota Platz for sale in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and other major cities of Pakistan.
The first generation Platz car was first introduced in 1999 in sedan body configuration but a coupe version was also offered to the North American customers. The car is based on Toyota Vitz with whom it shares the front doors, interior, and virtually all the mechanical components.
Reasons to Buy Toyota Platz
Toyota Platz Specifications
The Platz is only available in Sedan body style in Pakistan, while Echo came with the three-door hatchback, five-door hatchback, and four-door sedan variants.
All the trims of Platz are fitted with a 108 hp, 1.5L four-cylinder engine paired with a standard 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic. Driving the Platz strikes a good balance between comfortable drive and impressive fuel economy. In 2005, it was among the most fuel efficient cars on the market. The smart body adds to the aerodynamics of the car. The steering wheel height can be adjusted according to the driver’s comfort.
Interior and Exterior
The Platz has a slightly tall yet a funky outlook, which gained popularity among the masses. The compactness of the vehicle makes it easier to park. However, this comes with compromised cargo space, which is less compared to its rivals. But with the rear seats folded, you can increase this space.
The exterior may make the car look small, yet the interior is surprisingly roomy owing to its tall body. The instrument gauge cluster is mounted in the middle of the dashboard making it easier to focus on and operate, without having to take your eyes off the road for too long. The interior also offers multiple storage spaces including upper and lower glove boxes, a pull-out tray under the front passenger seat, two deep central dash pockets and storage console between rear seats.
The Platz retains a stylish outlook, spacious and comfortable interior and offers a smooth drive. Most importantly, it is packed with safety and security features to protect against theft as well as injury in the event of an accident through anti-lock braking system, dual front airbags, front seat belts with pre-tensioners and force-limiters, and adjustable front seat shoulder belt.
Toyota Platz Price in Pakistan
You can find used Platz in a price range of PKR 580,000 to PKR 800,000 depending on the condition and model year.
The Toyota Platz 2005 was the last model to hit the markets and received very favorable customer reviews. It offers a clever combination of youthful design with praise-worthy performance while maintaining outstanding fuel economy.
The Platz is a charming, reliable and cheap car best suited for the Pakistani Middle Class. Customers looking for an affordable yet reliable vehicle for everyday use should seriously consider this.