Japanese carmaker Toyota launched the latest generation of its popular MPV Innova with Crysta suffix in the name earlier this month. The MPV was launched without petrol engine, while two diesel mills are on offer. The company will add petrol engine by the festive season and, according to reports, it will be an all-new 2.7-litre unit.
The previous generation of the MPV was also available with petrol engine, but the demand was less compared to diesel models. However, with the company's sales starting to decline after a ban on registration of diesel cars with 2,000cc and above engines in the Delhi-NCR, Toyota thinks petrol engine-equipped Innova Crysta will have more takers.
"We have seen our sales coming down by 800 units a month in Delhi since December after the Supreme Court ban. To address this issue, we have fast tracked the development of a 2.7 litre petrol engine. Our R&D engineers in Japan are working on the new engine. We plan to launch the petrol variant of Innova Crysta in Delhi-NCR markets by Diwali this year," N Raja, director and senior vice president (sales & marketing) at Toyota Kirloskar Motor, told the Financial Express.
The Innova Crysta, which is known as Kijang Innova in the Indonesian market, is currently sold in 2.0-litre petrol engine. However, currently under development, the 2.7-litre petrol unit will be the first to be launched in India.
Priced in the range of Rs. 13,83,677 to Rs. 20,77,930 (ex-showroom, Mumbai), Toyota has already received 15,000 bookings for the MPV. Reports say over 60 percent of the 15,000 bookings received are for the automatic version.