Next-gen Toyota Innova to replace diesel engines with petrol hybrid
The Toyota Innova has always enjoyed an iconic status in India. The Innova has been long ruling the Indian MPV segment, which used to be highly popular, but now has dulled a lot with the continued craze for the SUVs. Nevertheless, the current Toyota Innova Crysta is still a highly popular vehicle in the Indian car market. The majority of the Innova’s sales come from its diesel version. The long successful MPV model is offered in two diesel engines and a petrol unit. The 2.4 litre and 2.8 litre diesel motor options account for the major chunk of the vehicle’s sales.
As per the latest reports, the Japanese auto giant might be discontinuing the diesel engines on the Innova MPV in the coming 2-3 years’ time. Toyota is said to be contemplating working on the petrol hybrid engines for the next generation Innova MPV. This is the part of the company’s strategy of embracing more eco-friendly technology for vehicles. While the two diesel engines are likely to get discontinued in the near future, the current petrol engine equipped Toyota Innova will continue to be offered in its new avatar in the Indian auto industry.
Meanwhile, the Japanese car major is busy preparing to equip the ongoing Innova Crysta for the BSVI emission norms that will come to effect in April 2020. While the Crysta is going to be available in both the ongoing diesel and petrol variants in their new BSVI avatars, Toyota is already preparing at the stricter fuel emission norms of the future that will be introduced in 2022. Thus, the Japanese automaker is considering dropping the diesel engines and replacing them with a range of new petrol hybrid engines in order to adhere to the upcoming new CAFE emission norms. It is apparent that the new petrol hybrid engines will not be introduced in the current generation Innova Crysta, but on the next generation Innova.
A source close to the development revealed to the media that the diesel engine choice on the next generation model of the Innova seems to be off the cards of Toyota for the time being. The company is planning the development of the new iteration of the Innova MPV with a hybrid system. Going by the scenario of the new stricter emission and fuel efficiency norms, this strategy of the company is a wise decision. Toyota’s Indian product lineup is dominated by diesel engines, and the company’s new strategy will help it to push its more eco-friendly hybrid technology in the Indian market.
According to the new reports, the all new Toyota will be launching by 2021-22. And this is the time when Indian Government will be introducing the stricter CAFE or corporate average fuel efficiency norms along with Real-world driving fuel emissions tests. Toyota is taking all measures to adhere to the second phase of the Cafe norms, and is thus considering driving its hybrid technology in the country.
Prior to the arrival of the next-gen Innova, the Japanese auto giant will give endowing a mid-life facelift to the highly successful Toyota Innova Crysta. The new updated Crysta will be receiving mild design updates and refreshed interior along with some updated features. The refreshed MPV will be available in the new BSVI compliant versions of its 2.4 litre diesel, 2.8 litre diesel and the 2.7 litre petrol engines.