Toyota has plans to introduce six new cars in the Indian market, which consists of SUVs and MPVs.
Right now, the Japanese automaker Toyota is offering only two utility vehicles in our market namely- Innova Crysta and Fortuner. Both models massively dominate their respective segments. In the coming years, the carmaker has plans to expand its SUV and MPV range with the introduction of six new models, which consists of two products developed under the Suzuki-Toyota partnership. The new line-up will also include the Toyota RAV4 hybrid and Toyota CH-R crossover, which has been spied several times while getting tested. If launched, both cars will be brought under the government’s rule, which allows carmakers to import 2,500 units without any homologation process.
The Toyota RAV4 and CH-R are based on the company’s TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform. This is the same platform that underpins Camry and Prius. The RAV4 hybrid will be powered by a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol mill with a strong hybrid system, which is capable of shredding out 281bhp of power output. The motor is positioned on the rear axle, which helps in transmitting the power to all four wheels. It offers up to 80 per cent torque to the rear wheels. On the other hand, globally Toyota CH-R is offered with a 2.0-litre, four-pot gasoline mill which, comes coupled to an e-CVT transmission. The petrol mill is tuned to offer power and torque outputs of 144bhp and 188 Nm. The power is delivered to the front wheels. In our country, the CH-R crossover might be offered to a 1.8-litre petrol engine paired with an electric motor.
Under its partnership with Suzuki, Toyota Kirloskar Motor will launch a new mid-size SUV and a crossover (codenamed- DD22). Both models will underpin the DNGA (Daihatsu New Generation Architecture) and will be manufactured at the automaker’s Bengaluru facility. Moreover, Toyota is also working on a c-segment MPV, which will be developed jointly with Suzuki. The new MPV will be based on the monocoque platform and will come with a 7-seater configuration. Toyota has also planned to introduce the re-badges version of Ertiga in our market.