Toyota will soon upgrade the Innova Crysta and Fortuner with BSVI-compliant engines, which will result in a prices hike of Rs 3-5 lakh.
The stringent BS6 emission norms will come into action by April 1, 2020, and afterwards, the sale of every BSIV vehicle in the country will be banned. Various car manufacturers have already initiated upgrading their BSIV compliant models to attain BSVI compliance. However, Toyota Kirloskar Motor will avoid upgrading its complete range of vehicles. The Japanese carmaker has already announced that it will completely terminate the Toyota Etios range. The Etios range comprises of Etios sedan, Etios Liva hatchback and Etios Cross crossover hatchback. As per Toyota, upgrading these cars to meet the upcoming emission and safety norms would be impractical, because these cars are not able to grab a good market share.
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Toyota Innova Crysta and Fortuner will get the BSVI-compliant engines
Earlier, N Raja, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, had said,
"We are trying to educate our customers, particularly in fleet and employee transport, shared mobility, tell them the cost increase that is going to come and try to provide them solutions accordingly, either BS-IV or BS-VI, to suit their needs. They (fleet operators) would be better off buying BS IV than going for BS VI."
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The main reason behind the price increase will be the employment of new filters along with a revised exhaust system to reduce the emission.
Moreover, Toyota will also discontinue the diesel trim of Etios Cross, which is powered by a 1.4-litre diesel mill that even propels the Etios range. Toyota Innova Crysta and Fortuner will get the BSVI-compliant engines, both petrol and diesel, because the demand for both these vehicles in our market is pretty high, and it makes no sense to discontinue their oil-burner variants. Nevertheless, it’s quite obvious that upgrading the Toyota Innova Crysta or Fortuner to attain BS6 compliance would be an expensive affair, which could hike the price by 3-5 lakhs, depending upon the variant. The main reason behind the price increase will be the employment of new filters along with a revised exhaust system to reduce emissions. However, the price increase will surely put off some potential buyers, but it should be noted that the increased price is unavoidable.