Toyota India is working with its Japanese team to develop and power the new Innova Crysta with the petrol engine. The diesel engine is usually the choice of the Innova whether it's the old Innova or the new Innova Crysta, a petrol engine is something to think about.
The reason for the Japanese automobile manufacturer to power the Toyota Innova Crysta with petrol is because of the effect of the diesel ban on Delhi. The diesel variant of the Innova Crysta comes in 2.4-litre and 2.8-litre engine and this is big an impact in sales in terms of sale in Delhi.
In Delhi vehicles above the 2.0-litre diesel engine is banned from plying on the road, hence, Toyota is working on a 2.7-litre petrol engine.
There has been a decline in sales of the Innova in the Delhi region when the ban was imposed, this has impacted the overall sales and the new Innova Crysta is powered with more than the stipulated 2000cc engine.
"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.
"We are already selling Innova Crysta with a 2.0-litre petrol engine in Thailand and Indonesia. But for India, we are developing an all new 2.7-litre petrol engine, which will be launched first in India. Our R&D engineers are working with the Japanese team to develop the new engine," Raja said.