To Counter Diesel Ban, New Innova In Petrol Soon

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New Delhi: To resurrect sales in the Delhi-NCR regions after the diesel ban, Toyota is developing a 2.7-litre petrol engine for the Innova Crysta.

The all-new Toyota Innova Crysta has been launched in India with two diesel engine options. But since December the Supreme Court has imposed the diesel ban in the Delhi-NCR region which, in turn, has affected sales of the new vehicle. To make the Innova Crysta available in these regions, the Japanese manufacturer will now be introducing a petrol variant of the same by the festive season of Diwali.

In the international markets of Thailand and Indonesia the Innova Crysta is currently sold with a 2.0-litre petrol engine. Nevertheless, Toyota is developing a new 2.7-litre petrol engine for the Indian market. The project has been expedited as the R&D department is working in conjunction with Japanese engineers. The newly developed petrol engine will make its debut in India followed by other markets

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Currently, the Innova Crysta comes with a 2.4-litre diesel engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. For the more powerful variant, the MPV gets a 2.8-litre diesel engine and is only available with a 6-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift.

The base model of the Innova Crysta has been priced at Rs 13.88 lakh which goes up to Rs 20.78 lakh for the top end model (both prices are ex-showroom, Delhi). Compared to its predecessor the base model is dearer by about Rs 85,000 while the top of the line variant is about Rs 1.9 lakh dearer and falls above the Rs 20 lakh slab. Toyota is offering exchange discounts for its valued customers who have the previous generation Innova. The company has racked up 15,000 bookings for the Crysta since its launch.

Once the petrol engine option is available the company is looking at a good growth that had dropped by around 3,000 units in 2015. Being the king of the segment, the Japanese manufacturer is aiming to sell around 35,000 units of the Crysta in a month. In India, the new Toyota Innova Crysta faces competition from the Mahindra Scorpio and XUV 5OO, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, and Honda Mobilio, among others.