Toyota had launched a slew of vehicles last year in India. The company launched the all-new Innova Crysta, all-new Fortuner and updated Etios and Liva. The company is doing quite well on the sales chart. To capture even more of the market, Toyota will bring in six more models in 2017. There is none at the low end of the market though. The company has made it clear that they are not going to play the low-cost, high volume game anymore. Here are the upcoming six.
Toyota Corolla Hybrid
Once highly in demand, the Corolla brand saw a dip in sales with the advent of the crossovers like XUV500 and later, Creta. Every D-segment sedan took worse hits, Corolla fared better than others. Still the best-selling sedan in the D-segment, it will soon receive an update in 2017. According to NDTV Auto, with the updated model, Toyota will also add a hybrid system to the vehicle. The car will come to India as a Completely Knocked Down unit (CKD) and will be launched by June of this year.
Only the Chinese market gets the Corolla Hybrid and India will become the second market in the world to get the vehicle. The engine of the Corolla Hybrid will be similar to the Prius, which is a 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine that generates a maximum of 98 BHP. An electric motor integrated into the engine puts out a maximum of 71 BHP. Together, the car will get a maximum power output of 127 BHP. There will be an E-CVT gearbox, and the mileage will be close to 23 km/l. The Corolla Hybrid is expected to be priced betweem Rs. 22 lakh to 25 lakh.
The best selling executive in India has been outselling its closest rivals by a big margin. To keep the best-seller fresh in the market, Toyota will bring in the new Corolla Altis later this year. The new Corolla gets DRLs embedded into the headlamp unit itself. The new car’s bumpers have been redone too.
At the rear, the vehicle receives full LED tail lamps and slightly modified bumper. It also gets a 4.2-inch multi-information display in the instrument cluster. The engine options will remain unchanged. The vehicle will continue to be powered by 138 BHP 1.8-litre petrol and 87 BHP, 1.4-litre diesel engine options. The new Corolla will be priced around Rs. 14 lakh when launched.
Toyota has a leading edge in the higher-end segments of the car market in India. Even though the Japanese manufacturer is doing quite well in the market, it suffers from a huge gap in its portfolio. The gap is due to the absence of a mid-size sedan in the line-up. The Vios looks very premium with sleek projector lamps, chrome accents on the grille and LED DRLs.
Toyota has been planning to bring the Vios for a long time. The car has already been spied testing in India quite a few times. This year, the all-new Vios will be launched in India to take on the cars like Honda City and Maruti Ciaz. The Vios will be powered by a 1.5-litre dual VVT-i petrol engine that churns out a maximum of 106.5 BHP – 140 Nm. The Indian version of the vehicle will also get the 1.4-litre diesel engine. The new Vios will carry a sticker price between Rs. 8 lakh to 10 lakh in India.
Toyota also misses out on the share of compact SUV. The segment which is populated by the likes of EcoSport, Creta, Duster and Vitara Brezza will soon see a rival from Toyota. The C-HR or the Coupe High Rider will be launched in India later this year according to AutoCar India. Toyota earlier said that they will become more aggressive in the affordable car segment in India and the C-HR will make their effort of establishing themselves in the segment stronger.
The compact SUV looks very aggressive and gets hefty creases on the body. The car also gets 18-inch alloy wheels. In the international market, the C-HR is powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces a maximum of 114 BHP. There is a 1.8-litre hybrid engine too. Toyota will most likely launch the vehicle in India with a diesel powerplant too. To take on the Creta, the C-HR will be priced from Rs. 9 lakh, while the top end model may cost as much as Rs. 14 lakh.
In an interview to a leading news daily, Toyota Kirloskar Motor’s managing director said that the company is working on new hybrid vehicles. The new hybrid vehicles will be in the form of Toyota Fortuner and the Innova Crysta. Even though it would not be a full-fledged hybrid system, it will be sufficient enough to increase the fuel efficiency of the Fortuner. The system will be similar to the mild hybrid system of Maruti Ciaz. Toyota has not shared any further details on the same. With the FAME benefits, the Fortuner Hybrid will may come with a discounted price. Expect the price to start between Rs. 25 lakh to 28 lakh.
Innova Crysta Hybrid
The Innova will also follow the hybrid route in India like the Fortuner. Innova is offered with both petrol and diesel engine options, but we are not sure which engine option will come with hybrid tech. After the launch of hybrid vehicles, both Fortuner and Innova will enjoy tax benefits due to FAME scheme and the price benefit may be passed on to the buyers. The Hybrid Innova will be priced between Rs. 14 lakh to 20 lakh.
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