The second generation Innova will be underpinned by the new IMV platform with power coming from the new 2.4-litre diesel engine and features a host of new tech on offer, escalating prices to Rs. 22 lakhs.
Toyota is looking at an aggressive future ahead in India where it continues to have limited sales against rivals. Backed by the sales of the Innova and Fortuner models, the automaker’s future plans include growing in other segments and will see the Japanese manufacturer introduce as many as 30 new products in the domestic market by the end of this decade. As per a recent online report, here is what we can expect from the Camry maker.
Coming to its current setup, Toyota recently shut down its Bidadi plant for a week that was speculated to add a new assembly line. However, the shut down was for routine maintenance and a new assembly line is not being added. Starting from this year, Toyota will be finally introducing the Lexus range in India which the company had been postponing for quite some time now. Toyota’s luxury brand comprises of several sedan and SUV models that will be brought in via the CBU route with more models to be added by 2020.
The next big news includes the current generation Innova finally ending production over the next three months to make way for the new generation model. Toyota though will continue to produce the outgoing version in the commercially popular GX trim for a year that will only cater to the cab market. Rest of the variants including the E, G, VX and ZX will be discontinued. The 2016 Toyota Innova could go on sale in the last quarter of 2015 or first quarter of 2016 and will have an ex-showroom price hike of Rs. 1-1.5 lakhs over the existing model.
With added features, the new 2.4-litre GD diesel engine has manual as well as automatic transmissions on offer, the range-topping Toyota Innova will see its prices touch almost Rs. 22 lakhs (on-road). For the first year of sales, the new generation MPV will be restricted for private buyers only. Moving to newer products, Toyota’s Indian lineup will see two models joining the stable next year including the Vios C-segment sedan and Rush compact SUV. There is also a refreshed version of the Etios Cross said to be in the pipeline, but there hasn’t been a confirmation on the same yet.
Lastly, Toyota has been at the forefront of introducing safety features on its vehicles in the country since last year. The automaker recently introduced airbags across all variants of its models and will now equip ABS as standard through its entire range starting from January 2016.
Source – Team-BHP.com