Toyota To Introduce Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles In India

by Vivaan Khatri | 27/02/2019
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As reported in The Economic Times, it is in Toyota’s strategy to launch new plug-in hybrid models in India

Building hybrid vehicles is Toyota’s strong point. Hybrid engines are widely applied across Toyota’s range, in both the global market and India market. Currently, in India, Toyota has launched two vehicles with a full-hybrid system, including the Toyota Camry and the Prius. The hybrid technology is high-cost and therefore, tagged with a premium price. It partly explains why these models are not selling well in big figures. However, the lack of demand could not stop Toyota from carving their own way in this segment. In the time to come, Toyota will move toward launching new vehicles with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

According to N Raja, Toyota Kirloskar Motor’s Deputy Managing Director, the firm might bring some vehicles from their long line of hybrid models on the global market to India. He also confirmed their intention to tap into the B and C-segment with the hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Toyota Corolla hybrid

Toyota is planning on introducing a new plug-in hybrid vehicle in India market

Now, Toyota has got Prius and Corolla Altis on the C-segment. Among the two, only the Prius is available with hybrid technology that mostly depends on the internal combustion engine (HEV). On the global stage, the Prius is also available as a PHV (plug-in hybrid vehicle). And if running entirely on gasoline, the car could reach the range of 63km.

On the other hand, the Toyota Corolla Altis also has its own HEV version, but it is currently not available in India market. This vehicle is powered by a 2.0-litre hybrid system that is able to put out 180 PS and 190 Nm of torque. It is highly possible that the company will include the Corolla Altis on their electrifying plan and will get a full-hybrid system soon.

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