Cars with diesel engines of 2,000cc and above capacity have been facing bans in Delhi NCR for a few months now. It is a major blow to car manufacturers who have such cars in their product lineup as it is bringing the sales down. Now with the news that many other states may follow suit, manufacturers who sell such vehicles are facing a big challenge, and are now searching for solutions. Toyota is one such company, and the automaker will soon introduce a petrol engine in the Innova.
Toyota has preponed its plan of bringing the petrol powered Innova Crysta to India in August. Initially, Toyota announced that the petrol version of the car will not come before September but now the company has started taking bookings and will start deliveries of the vehicles from August.
The 2.7-liter four-cylinder petrol engine will produce 160 BHP of maximum power in the Innova Crysta. Toyota also confirmed through an advertisement in a leading newspaper that the petrol engine will come with an option of 6-speed manual and automatic transmission.
Mahindra countered the ban by downsizing its 2.2 mHawk diesel engine to under 2-liters. The Indian company introduced the new 1.99-litre diesel engine in the popular Scorpio and XUV 500. Other manufacturers are launching petrol powered cars to the ban affected regions in a bid to keep the sales figure constant.