- New-gen Innova Crysta to not have a diesel engine option.
- The MPV could have petrol-hybrid variants.
- It would be launched in 2021.
Toyota Innova Crysta has been ruling the MPV segment ever since it was launched in the Indian market. The major volume churner for the vehicle has been the diesel variants but from what we hear now is that Toyota is planning to introduce the new-generation model with no diesel variants whatsoever, instead of introducing petrol-hybrid powertrain. The current-gen Innova Crysta is priced in a range of Rs 14.93-22.43 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom, Delhi), while it competes with the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Mahindra Marazzo and Renault Lodgy.
Although the next-gen model of Innova Crysta is still a couple of years away from breaking cover and no confirmed details are out but still, this report comes as a real shocker. The Japanese automaker might be phasing out the diesel variants in order to comply with the upcoming BS-VI emission norms. In addition, the introduction of petrol hybrid variants could also the running costs in check. Toyota has been strictly following the practice of presenting cleaner vehicles with just petrol engines, which is also evident from the recent launches from the company in the form of Yaris and Glanza. Both the aforementioned models are available for sale only with a petrol engine.
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It is being learnt that up-gradation of the BS-IV diesel engines to BS-VI emission norms involves a very high cost and hence mostly manufacturers are trying to do away with this update and instead equip the petrol engines with electric technology to make them more efficient and cheaper. The company has also been in the process of developing mild-electric and pure electric motors for its cars in India, and hence it has joined hands with Maruti Suzuki for the development of lithium-ion batteries.