Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) is making ready the petrol version of its new Innova Crysta, which is expected to be launched during the festive season this year, according to the latest reports. Toyota officially launched the new Innova, dubbed the Innova Crysta, in India on May 13.
Although the Innova had a petrol version in its earlier avatar, Toyota had discontinued the model due to the poor demand. Now it looks like the ban on registering diesel cars with engine capacity of 2000cc and above in Delhi-NCR is affecting the overall sales of the company, making Toyota seriously consider an alternative to beat the ban. Delhi-NCR is one of the biggest markets of Toyota in India. Toyota Innova and Fortuner account for more than 55% of the company's total sale and Delhi-NCR contributes about 14% to it.
According to Press Trust of India, seven percent of Innova's sales have been hit by the ban in Delhi-NCR. According to a report of Financial Express, that quotes N Raja, director and senior vice president (sales & marketing), Toyota Kirloskar, the Innova Crysta petrol would become a reality by Diwali this year. Toyota engineers are already working on the petrol engine for the model.
The report also adds that Toyota's current gen Innova, which is now in the market, will be phased out in the next few months. It was reported earlier that the company has stopped the production of the first generation Innova MPV at its Bidadi plant in Karnataka, making way for the new-gen MPV. The current-gen Innova, which had a successful run for around 11 years on the Indian roads, came to the market replacing the Qualis.
Toyota's new Innova Crysta is currently powered by 2.4-litre and 2.8-litre diesel engines. While the 2,393cc diesel engine develops 148bhp of power and 243Nm of torque, the 2,755cc mill churns out 172bhp and 360Nm of torque. The engines come mated to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic gearbox. Priced at Rs. 13.83 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Innova Crysta has got over 15,000 bookings within 10 days of its entry into the market. Toyota commenced the delivery of the model on May 13.
[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]