Rising petrol prices and increasing costs of cars are definitely affecting the Indian Automobile Market in some or the other way and the best solution to resort to is introducing engines running on diesel as per the greater fuel efficiency delivered by these engines when compared to normal gasoline engines.
Considering the above fact Toyota Kirloskar Motor, who is planning to enter the under Rs.6 Lakh segment with its new Toyota Etios petrol car available in hatch and sedan models, has confirmed that diesel variants will also be introduced soon for the same.
Etios’s commercial production is to begin from December 2010 at Toyota’s Bangalore plant and the car will reach the showrooms by the same month or before the first quarter end of 2011.As we had informed you earlier about the Etios Launch in December, initially the brand will roll out two petrol variants, one with a sedan and the other with a hatchback.
Toyota Kirsolkar Motor (TKM) Deputy Managing Director Sandeep Singh told the reporters,“During the Delhi Auto Expo and at other events, we have received lot of customer queries regarding a diesel engine for the car. Considering the response, we are also looking at bringing out a diesel version of the Etios, but nothing has been finalized so far.The Indian small car market is a huge one where we had no presence so far. The launch of the Etios will mark our break into the strategic market,”
Presently the Bangalore plant is capable of producing 70,000 units annually which will remain the same at least for the first 12 month after rolling out Etios, but later the company might increase the capacity of the plant. Increasing the number of dealerships will also be a point of interest and we will soon see the number rising from the current 98 to 125.
Specifications Of Toyota Etios Sedan
- 1.5 Litre MPFI Petrol Engine
- Length=4265mm; Width=1695mm; Height=1490mm;
Specifications Of Toyota Etios Hatchback
- 1.2 Litre MPFI Petrol Engine
- Length=3775mm; Width=1695mm; Height=1490mm;
Price Of Toyota Etios Petrol
The petrol variants comprising of the hatchback and sedan are expected to range between Rs.4 lakh and Rs 6.75 lakh.
Price Of Toyota Etios Diesel
There is no official announcement as yet, we expect the price to be around Rs.4.8 Lakh and Rs 7 Lakh.
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Updated 5 April 2011