In a bid to boost sales and marketshare, Japanese automaker Toyota will launch 4 all-new cars in the India. The first of these launches will happen right next year. Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store for India from Toyota.
The Vios sedan will be the first of the 4 new cars that Toyota will launch in India. The sedan is expected to be here during the festive season of 2018. Toyota is likely to showcase the Vios C-Segment sedan at the upcoming 2018 Indian Auto Expo. The car will initially be sold as a petrol-only model, with manual and automatic gearbox options. A diesel is likely to follow in a while. The Vios will challenge the likes of the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Ciaz.
The Yaris premium hatchback is expected to rival the likes of the Maruti Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20. It’ll sit above the Etios Liva in terms of price and positioning. The Yaris is expected to share its engine and gearboxes with the Vios sedan. It’s a good two years away from launch though, what with Toyota planning a 2020 launch timeline for this new hatchback.
Hiace 12 seat luxury van
Toyota is also planning to bring in the Hiace luxury van to the Indian market. Available in multiple seating configurations, ranging from 10 to 14 seats, the Hiace is meant to be a luxurious people mover, mainly catering to high-end hospitality businesses. Toyota is expected to import the Hiace to India through the completely built unit (CBU) route, with prices expected to range between 40-45 lakh rupees.
Creta challenging compact SUV
Toyota is also putting together a Creta-challenging compact SUV for the Indian market. Presently, the Japanese brand has no presence in the hottest segments of the Indian market – compact SUVs. This is all set to change in 2020. However, Toyota hasn’t yet announced a specific product for the Indian market. It’s likely that the Rush compact SUV, whose 3rd generation version was recently introduced in Indonesia, will be brought into India.