The new compact MPV from Toyota will not use a ladder frame chassis and is going to get a strong-hybrid powertrain option. Expected to debut during 2022-23.
Toyota Kirloskar Motors has been riding high on the success of the new Innova and the Fortuner and hence ruling the premium utility vehicle segment in India. The Japanese automaker’s earlier attempts for taking on the competition in the compact car space has not turned out to be as responsive. But the automaker has not given up yet and soon, in collaboration with Suzuki, it is going to launch a premium hatchback and a sub-compact SUV based on the Baleno and the Vitara Brezza.
The company also plans to revamp the Etios sedan and the Liva hatchback one again to further increase its reach in the compact car segment in India. To add to it, Toyota also has plans to launch a compact MPV and an SUV in the Indian market. Both these vehicles will sit below the Innova Crysta in terms of pricing i.e. in-between the range of INR 10 lakh to INR 20 lakh.
The compact MPV is currently in its final stages of approval and is likely to make its debut in our country, in its production iteration, sometime during the year 2022-23. This MPV, unlike the rest of Toyota’s utility product portfolio in India, will be based on a monocoque chassis. Not only this but this new compact MPV is going to come with a strong-hybrid solution.
The new compact MPV and the new SUV will help the Japanese automaker help increase it volumes in compact car segment in India. There were speculations of Toyota considering to launch the CH-R crossover in the Indian market. Though not much is out regarding the new SUV, but we believe it could very well be the former. If launched, the Toyota CH-R will act as the perfect competitor for the Hyundai Creta and the Nissan Kicks.
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