The Toyota Innova Crysta is off to a good start, with the MPV registering over 15,000 bookings already. The new model is based on a new platform, gets new engines and new features, but a petrol engine hasn’t made its way under the bonnet yet. In order to counter dipping sales in Delhi, where the ban on registering new cars with diesel engines displacing 2,000cc and above is still in place, Toyota is planning to launch the petrol variant of the family car around Diwali.
“We have seen our sales coming down by 800 units a month in Delhi since December after the Supreme Court ban. To address this issue, we have fast-tracked the development of a 2.7-litre petrol engine. Our R&D engineers in Japan are working on the new engine. We plan to launch the petrol variant of Innova Crysta in Delhi-NCR markets by Diwali this year,” N. Raja, director and senior vice president (sales & marketing), Toyota Kirloskar Motor told Financial Express.
In India, the previous generation Innova was available with a 2.0-litre petrol engine, but it was discontinued due to low demand. The new model is also available with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine (engine code: 1TR-FE) in Indonesia, but that engine isn’t going to be offered here. Toyota’s R&D engineers from India and Japan are working together to develop a larger, 2.7-litre engine instead. Whether it will be offered with a manual or automatic gearbox remains to be seen.
The Innova Crysta is currently offered with 2.4-litre and 2.8-litre diesel engines. While the smaller motor is offered only with a five-speed manual gearbox, the more powerful 2.8 comes exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission.