Toyota Avanza will be making its way into India
Toyota Avanza India plans: Toyota is introducing the Innova Crysta this year and there is also the Innova Cross. The Crysta will have a higher price tag than the current Innova. Toyota will not want to lose out on this price point so the Innova Cross is coming in. At the moment, Innova is one of the most expensive MPV in its segment. Toyota is looking at ways to reduce this price gap by introducing new base variants. “As a lot of major components of the Innova are imported, it is an expensive affair,” stated one of our sources close to the plant.
We have learnt that the company is now planning to get the Avanza to India. This is the new MUV that will be competing with the likes of Maruti Ertiga and Honda Mobilio. The Avanza is also based on a similar platform like the Innova. The second generation Avanza was launched in 2011 in South-East Asian markets. Toyota will be working towards getting the new-generation Avanza that is due to make its global debut in 2017. The Indian market launch should happen by 2018-19.
The Avanza will be coming with a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a 1.4-litre diesel engine options. This will be made available with manual and even automatic transmissions. Toyota has plans to get the Avanza against the Ertiga, and even Hyundai’s new MPV (which is due for 2017). Toyota has built a strong reputation in India as a UV maker and it is looking at multiplying this with various new UVs. For this year, the Innova Crysta, Innova Cross and the Hiace are planned. Then it will be the new-generation Fortuner that will make its Indian debut in 2017. For 2018, expect the Alphard to make its way too.
The Toyota Avanza will be priced between INR 8 lakhs to INR 12 lakhs. This MUV will come with dual airbags and ABS as a standard feature. The new-generation Avanza is already in works at Toyota and the company is looking at targeting this affordable MUV segment. We did try to get in touch with Toyota for a response on this, however we couldn’t speak to any of the official representatives on this.