Toyota Kirloskar Motors Limited’s CEO Naomi Ishii envisages a pricier future for the Innova MPV and the Fortuner SUV, both vehicles segment leaders in the Indian car market. Mr. Ishii’s price optimism for the 2016 Innova and the Fortuner centers around “upper middle-class customers looking for something new“.
The next generation versions of the Innova MPV and the Fortuner SUV are currently under development and test mules of the two vehicles have been spotted testing in and around Toyota’s Bidadi factory, off Bangalore. Both vehicles will get more premium than even before with new features and creature comforts added.
As far as the 2016 Innova is concerned, the MPV will get larger dimensions wise. Revamped styling and additional features will see the MPV continuing its upmarket trajectory. A launch by the end of 2015 or early 2016 in India, is on the cards for the Inn0va, whose current and previous variants have been very well accepted both in the personal MPV and cab markets here.
The continued expansion of the Innova range in price terms will give Toyota enough space under the next-generation model for slipping in a new MPV on the lines of the Avanza. As the Innova moves upwards, the Avanza could fill in the gap that the Innova has left in its wake, as Toyota’s challenger to the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Honda Mobilio MPVs.
Coming to the Fortuner, the ultra successful 7 seat luxury SUV continues to run rings around its competition. Like the 2016 Innova, the Fortuner will retain its ladder frame chassis but will move on to Toyota’s latest iteration of the highly successful IMV platform.
In addition to a completely new design, the next-generation Fortuner is expected to get upmarket interiors, better brakes and improvements in terms of the overall set of features. These additions and improvements are likely to be accompanied with a corresponding price increase.