Toyota is a very popular brand known for its SUVs and MUVs across the globe. It has some rock-solid products that enjoy the top spots in various markets. Even in India, there are two Toyota cars that need no introduction and are known to everyone. Yes, we are talking about the Fortuner and Innova. Put aside their premium pricing, both cars have enough pedigree to keep rivals at bay. The cream of the crop being the Toyota badge, which further accentuates the trust factor. Toyota wants to continue its dominance in the respective segments and plans to update its leading products. So, today, let’s discuss more about these 2 important Toyota cars that are coming to India.
New Toyota cars in India – Innova HyCross Hybrid
Toyota is testing the new-generation Innova, which will be a hybrid MPV and will mostly be called the ‘Innova HyCross’. It would be an all-new hybrid car with a monocoque chassis setup, letting go of the current Innova’s ladder-on-frame platform. Unlike the current selling Innova Crysta, it would be a front-wheel drive vehicle. Moreover, it is also confirmed that no diesel engine would be made available. It is likely to get a 2.0-litre petrol engine mated to strong hybrid setup.
This new car is said to be sold along with the Innova Crysta, so the regular Innova Crysta will still be available for buying. However, the new Hycross would be the bigger car in the Innova lineup. It would sit on a 2860mm long wheelbase, 100mm more than the ongoing Crysta. This increase in the wheelbase would result in a more spacious cabin. By adopting heavy localization, Toyota would try to keep the prices in check. We can expect it to be priced between Rs 25 lakh to Rs 33 lakh (on-road). When could it launch? Toyota would unveil this car in November 2022, with a proper launch set to happen next year.
Next-generation Toyota Fortuner
Toyota Fortuner is ready to receive its next-generation avatar. It would be a completely new car with changes in powertrain and overall styling. The most important change will be its new TNGA-F platform, seen on other Toyota SUVs like the Land Cruiser, Tundra, etc. The change in platform would result in the update in styling. The biggest benefit of switching to this platform is the accessibility to use hybrid technology. Toyota plans to mate mild hybrid technology with the 2.8-litre diesel engine. This addition would increase the SUV’s fuel-efficiency & performance figures.
Toyota has plans to launch the Fortuner in the Indonesian markets initially. After the car is launched there, would it come to other markets. Talking about our country, the current selling Fortuner rules its segment with no proper rival against it. It continues to sell like hotcakes due to the brand image it has earned. In the future, with the launch of the new 2023 Fortuner, Toyota could price it even higher due to its new technology and capabilities. Do you think even higher prices could affect the Fortuner’s sales? Let us know in the comments.
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