Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) is reportedly considering to manufacture petrol engines in India to power its upcoming Innova Crysta in the country. A LiveMint report said that Toyota was considering various options to counter the Delhi diesel car ban and is planning to add locally-manufactured petrol engine for the new Innova, which is expected to make its India entry sometime in May.
Toyota is one of the auto makers worst-hit by the Supreme Court's decision to ban registration of diesel cars of over 2000cc capacity in Delhi and NCR. If the latest reports are anything to go by, the petrol engine that is being considered for the Innova Crysta will specifically target Delhi and NCR markets and the company is likely to hold talks with vendors in India about the possibility of manufacturing it locally during the upcoming supplier conference in Bangalore.
It is also being said that Toyota is not planning to make any investment in the Indian market until the clouds hovering over the diesel ban in Delhi clears. Rumours also suggest that Toyota could also make new diesel engines in India at the plant in Jigani, Karnataka, which would power both the Innova Crysta and the new Fortuner.
In the international market, the Innova Crysta, the new avatar of Toyota's highly-acclaimed Innova MPV, is powered by a GD 2.4-litre diesel and a 2.0-litre petrol engines. While the 2,393cc engine develops 147bhp and 359Nm of torque mated to a manual gearbox, the in-line four-cylinder 2,000cc VVT-i petrol engine churns out 137bhp and 183Nm of torque. The petrol mill will be available with manual and automatic transmissions.