Toyota Kirloskar Motor, the Indian subordinate of Toyota Japan, is thriving to increase its shares in the national market with a fresh lineup. The manufacturer has lined up the latest facelifts of the Innova and the Fortuner and is now planning on a few new entries in the mid-size sedan sector and the compact SUV sector. Lets’ take a look at the Toyota lineup for 2016 releases.
The new-gen Toyota Innova
The test phase of the latest version of the Innova is coming to an end as the car is approaching the date of its launch in early 2016. Leaked pictures reveal a totally different front face of the model with two chrome planks adorning the grille. The pictures also show the detailing of the backward curving headlamps and twin-cask projectors with focus on the integrated LED daytime running light. The bumper looks wider and features new fog lamps.
Though there will be no remarkable changes in the engine, the new Innova model is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture, which will make the car a lighter and more responsive form of the existing model.
The new-gen Toyota Fortuner
The new-gen Fortuner has already been unveiled in Australia. The launch of the SUV is expected to be sometime in the first quarter of 2016. The SUV is sleeker than its previous version but it did not lose its powerful performance and appearance. The engine will be a massive 2.8L one with four cylinders and will feature a turbo diesel unit with direct injection. It will be coupled with a 6 speed manual and a 6 speed automatic transmission.
The manual gearbox will be based on the ‘intelligent’ technology for smooth shifting by balancing the engine and transmission speeds. An easy-to-access dial enables the quick activation of the integrated 4×4 system. The new-gen Fortuner will come with dedicated backside air conditioning, sidesteps, trailer sway control, front and back disc brakes, an unit for keeping food and drinks under regulated temperatures and the Toyota Link connected mobility along with a big touchscreen audio display.
The Toyota Vios has been tested in the country for quite a few months now. The mid-sized sedan will not be unveiled any time soon. The 2016 Delhi Auto Expo will launch the car in the market to compete with grand successes like the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
There has been no official statement about the car yet, though the Company has already clarified that it is focusing on the bigger cars this year and not on the mass-segment vehicles. The Vios looks similar to the Corolla and the Camry with an almost identical front face.
With the failure of Toyota’s small cars like the hatchback Etios Liva and the Etios Sedan, Toyota has turned its focus on the high-end cars to catch up with the Indian market by catering to high-end needs. As the smaller cars continue to struggle in the market, the new generation Innova, Fortuner and the Vios are getting prepped up to get Toyota back in the game.