Japanese car maker Toyota's new diesel engine plant in Bangalore, Karnataka, is set to commence its operations in June, according to a latest report. An ET Auto report says that Toyota is ready to make an investment of Rs. 1,100 crore on this diesel engine plant despite the ongoing debate on the ban on diesel cars in Delhi.
The new plant in Bangalore will manufacture the company's GD range of diesel engines initially, which power the new Innova Crysta and 2016 Toyota Fortuner.
According to the report, the new facility will have the capacity to produce 1,08,000 units per year and will employ over 500 people. Toyota is also in the process of localising the parts in a phased manner and is currently 77 parts are localised through 23 vendors in Phase-1.
Talking of the new Innova Crysta, Toyota will launch the new Innova Crysta in India in the first week of May.To be offered in five sub-variants — 2.4 GX MT, 2.8 GX AT, 2.4 VX MT, 2.4 ZX MT, 2.8 ZX AT — across three variants — new Innova Crysta will get 2,755cc and 2,393cc diesel engines. While the 2,393cc diesel engine will develop 148bhp of power and 243Nm of torque, the 2,755cc mill will churn out 172bhp and 360Nm of torque. The second-generation Innova has already started arriving at the dealerships of the company and its starting price is expected to be about Rs. 14 lakh.
[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]