Toyota had previously decided that they would not unveil any new vehicle in the country till the diesel ban is lifted. Now that the ban has been lifted, Toyota is working on a few new models. Here are some models we hope Toyota brings into India.
The Vios is the rival to the Honda City and the Maruti Ciaz. Currently, Toyota doesn’t have any product in this segment in India. They have the Vios in the international market, but haven’t yet introduced it here. The company has been extensively testing the Vios in India lately which gives an indication that the vehicle could be coming our way soon.
The Vios comes with a 1.3 liter or 1.5 liter engine abroad. The one that has been imported to India is the 1.3 liter unit which makes 85 Bhp and 122 Nm. The engine is mated to either a 5 speed manual or a 4 speed autobox. This will certainly take the fight to the City and the Ciaz.
The Rush is a compact SUV that takes on the Honda BR-V globally. The vehicle has been spied testing in the Indian market as well. Since the compact SUV space accounts for a large number of sales, the Rush would be an interesting product for Toyota to bring into the Indian market.
Like the BR-V, it also has the option of 7 seats. Power comes from a 1.5 liter petrol engine making 107 Bhp and 141 Nm which is mated to either a 5 speed manual or a 4 speed autobox. Since this is a big market and Toyota has no vehicle in it currently, this will be a welcome change.
The Innova is the MPV king in India. There is no MPV that has managed the success that the Innova has got. Sadly, the Innova has now become an expensive proposition. Those looking for a cheaper MPV have to opt for either the Lodgy, the Ertiga or the Mobilio. The Avanza should change that though.
The Avanza is the Innova’s younger sibling. The looks are also inspired by the Innova. The Avanza comes with either a 1.3 liter petrol or a 1.5 liter petrol engine, like the Vios. The 1.3 makes 90 Bhp where as the 1.5 makes 103 Bhp. If Toyota wants to capitalize on the MPV segment, this will be their best bet.
The 86 is purely for the enthusiasts. It is a cheap, 2 door coupe which has been developed with Subaru. The best part about it is that it is a rear wheel drive machine. Powering it is a 2.0 liter Boxer engine that makes 200 Bhp and 203 Nm.
Though this may not sound as much, the beauty of the car is in the way it handles and the power delivery. The engine is extremely revv happy which makes it a lot of fun to drive. We wish Toyota brings in such interesting products to cater to the enthusiast market.
The RAV-4 is an interesting vehicle. It started off life as a 2 door SUV but now has transformed into a larger one. This will be an interesting addition to the Indian portfolio since our market loves SUVs. The RAV-4 will take on the Hyundai Tuscon and will be priced below the Fortuner so it surely makes a lot of sense to have this vehicle here.
Globally, there is a hybrid version on offer as well. Given that more and more companies are looking to bring petrol/hybrid vehicles to India, this could be interesting since there is no SUV in this segment to offer a hybrid. The engine is shared with the Camry Hybrid which is built here as a CKD so building the RAV-4 shouldn’t be tough either.