The Toyota Innova Crysta Diesel will be back on sale in January 2023, according to a source-based report on Team-BHP. The report adds that the Toyota factory at Bidadi, off Bengaluru, is being modified to accommodate the production of the upcoming Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder and Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara compact SUVs. The Innova Crysta Diesel will continue to use the 2.4 liter-4 cylinder GD turbodiesel engine that makes 148 Bhp-343 Nm (360 Nm on the automatic trim). While a 5 speed manual gearbox is standard, a 6 speed torque converter automatic gearbox is offered as an option.
Meanwhile, the Innova Crysta Petrol continues to be on sale even as Toyota is preparing to launch an all-new Innova MPV called the Innova HyCross. The Toyota Innova HyCross will feature a petrol-strong hybrid powertrain, get a monocoque body, and a front wheel drive layout. This is at odds with the previous two generations of the Toyota Innova that have been based on ladder frame chassis’ and a rear wheel drive layouts.
While the new Toyota Innova HyCross will sell alongside the Crysta, it will not offer a diesel engine option. The Inova HyCross is expected to make an official debut in India later this year while the launch could happen at next year’s Auto Expo.
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The Toyota Innova HyCross will be the second strong-hybrid mass market car from the Japanese automaker for the Indian market. Traditionally, best-selling Toyota cars such as the Innova Crysta and the Fortuner have been diesel powered although the Japanese automaker does offer petrol engines for those who seek additional refinement. The cab market, from where a big chunk of Innova Crysta sales come, swears on diesel engined variants as they offer better fuel efficiency than petrol powered ones. Moreover, the high torque nature of diesel engines at lower rpms make them well suited for Indian roads, where average speeds are still quite low when compared to roads in developed countries.
Toyota, through the Urban Cruiser Hyryder Strong Hybrid’s claimed fuel efficiency of 28 Kmpl, has showcased that strong hybrids can be more fuel efficient than even diesel engined cars. Once the Indian car market warms to this compact SUV, whose launch is slated for later this month, Toyota may find it quite easy to convince Innova HyCross buyers that a petrol strong hybrid powertrain can be more fuel efficient than a diesel engine. Along with the higher fuel efficiency, petrol strong hybrids are also low emitting, more refined, quieter, and offer an all-electric range that’s quite useful for short city commutes. Toyota is a world leader in hybrid vehicle technology, and the Japanese brand will be keen to push petrol strong hybrids as a cleaner, greener alternative to diesels.
The upcoming Toyota Innova HyCross is tipped to be the most advanced Innova MPV ever built. Features such as Advanced Driver Assistance System, Petrol Strong Hybrid Powertrain with an all-electric mode, an electric sunroof, ventilated seats, reclining captain seats and wireless charging with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will be offered on the new MPV. A monocoque chassis and front wheel drive layout are two other big changes expected. The Toyota Innova HyCross will make its debut in Indonesia later this year.
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