Great news for Toyota lovers. As Kirloskar Motor (TKM) is getting ready its petrol version for new Toyota Innova Crysta that has launched on May 13. On the day Innova has introduced its petrol version, after the Supreme Court ban.
The prohibition of diesel engine cars with a capacity of 2.0 litres or more continues to be a band in Delhi that had directly affected the sale of Toyota Innova Crysta last year. Now the brand is making quick changes to keep its sale in Delhi as it is the core zone of Toyota Innova’s business. The petrol engine is coming up with the same 2.7-litre with four cylinders, 5-speed manual transmission and the VVT-i motor that does duty in the Indonesian model of the MPV.
N Raja, director and senior vice president (sales & marketing), Toyota Kirloskar Motor admitted that due to the ban in Delhi the business got hampered for Innova and sales came down to 800 units every month in Delhi since December. Their engineers in Japan are working hard for the new petrol engine and team Toyota is hopeful that they will be able to launch the petrol model in Delhi around the time of Dewali this year.
But with the engine transformed to petrol, the cost of the car has increased about Rs85,000 more and currently Innova Crysta priced in the range of R14.17 lakh and R21.12 lakh. The company is also taking the initiative to offer its existing customers of the old version of Innova Crystato exchange their old cars for the new model.
“We are already selling Innova Crysta with a 2 litre petrol engine in Thailand and Indonesia. But for India we are developing an all new 2.7 litre petrol engine, which will be launched first in India. Our R&D engineers are working with Japanese team to develop the new engine”
Toyota has an installed capacity of 1,00,000 units, at its plant in Bidadi near Bengaluru where it also produces Fortuner, but it has decided by the company that 85% of the place will be reserved for Toyota Innova Crysta to help the fresh demands of the car.