Snapshot – Japanese auto giant Toyota is redrawing its plans for the Indian car market. The car maker plans to focus more on premium segments, and has just announced that it isn’t interested in the big volume sub-4 lakh rupee small car segment. Going forward, expect Toyota to consolidate its premium car strategy in India. CarToq lists out the new Toyota cars that you can expect in 2014 and 2015.
The Etios Cross is launch ready. After showcasing the car at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, Toyota has begun displaying the car at dealerships across the country. A crossover styled hatchback, the Etios Cross hopes to draw some of the prospective crossover buyers by dangling a lower price tag and butch styling.
The Etios Cross will be sold with the same line up of petrol and turbo diesel engines that are available on the Liva hatchback. The car will go on sale from the 7th of May and pre-bookings have already commenced. Expect to pay about 50,000 rupees more for the Etios Cross, over and above the prices of equivalent variants of the Liva hatchback.
11th Generation Corolla Altis
The 11th generation Toyota Corolla Altis sedan is the latest entrant to India’s D-Segment sedan category, a category whose sales aren’t going anywhere. Though the sales doesn’t look promising, the D-Segment is important for manufacturers, especially those who seek to attract and keep upgrading car buyers in its fold.
The Corolla Altis will retain its petrol and turbo diesel engine options while the petrol motor gets a new CVT automatic gearbox option. 6 speed manual gearboxes are retained on the petrol and diesel motors. The new Corolla Altis has grown in size and the car will be launched in India on the 27th of May. The sedan is likely to be priced at a slight premium over the outgoing model.
2015 Etios and Liva Facelifts
The Etios sedan and Liva hatchback haven’t done as well as Toyota would have wanted them to in India. Many car buyers have rejected these cars for their conservative styling bordering on the boring. As Akio Toyoda, the top man at the Japanese car maker promised a couple of years ago, all future cars from Toyota will embrace a new, exciting design language.
On a similar note, the Etios and Liva will get major stylistic upgrades next year. Both cars are expected to also see a once over in terms of interiors. However, the platform will remain the same and so will the petrol and turbo diesel motors offered on the current line up. The cars are likely to be launched next year.
2015 Camry Facelift
The 2015 Toyota Camry has been facelifted in the United States, and has just broken cover at the 2014 New York International Automobile Show (NYIAS). However, India gets the Euro-spec version of the Camry, and hence we’ll have to wait a while before Toyota facelifted the Euro-spec model of the car.
The facelifted Camry is likely to bow into India next year. As the platform doesn’t see a change, a diesel engine won’t be added into the equation. This leaves us with the petrol and hybrid engine options, both of which are expected to be carried over unchanged on the facelifted version.
The all-new Toyota Fortuner SUV, based on a new platform is in the works. The car will continue to share its ladder frame chassis with the Hilux pick up truck range. However, the new IMV platform is expected to embody the parts and platform sharing attributes of the Toyota New Generation Architecture (TNGA).
The ride and handling package of the 2015 Fortuner is being worked upon with improvements in mind at Toyota’s Australian Research and Development facility. Expect interiors that are better by a few notches and new feature additions on the 2015 Fortuner. Downsized turbo diesel engines could also be in the works for the new SUV.