Toyota Kirloskar Motor has rejigged its product pricing and variant line-up on select models in India as part of the update for the 2022. The company had already announced its plans to increase prices in January and it seems the models to receive the maximum strain are its more premium and more profitable offerings. As part of the update, the Toyota Fortuner is now by up to Rs. 1.10 lakh more expensive, depending on the variant. This is the third price hike for the Fortuner since the facelift arrived last year and has the company reasoned that it was due to the rising input costs. New-year price hikes aren’t exactly surprising but price increments have been too often in the auto sector due to rising raw material costs. In addition to the hike, Toyota has also introduced two new base variants on the Innova Crysta MPV.
Prices for the Toyota Fortuner have been hiked by Rs. 66,000 on the petrol and diesel 4×2 variants. Meanwhile, the 4×4 get dearer by Rs. 1.10 lakh. The Fortuner Legender also gets a price hike of Rs. 1.10 lakh on the 4×2 and 4×4 variants. Mechanically, the SUV remains exactly the same and so does its list of features. The offering comes with the 2.7-litre petrol and 2.8-litre diesel engines. The model is built on a ladder on frame chassis. The Toyota Fortuner range now starts at Rs. 31.39 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Coming to the Toyota Innova Crysta, the carmaker has introduced two new base variants – GX Petrol MT 7-seater and GX Petrol MT 8-seater. The new GX base trims are fairly basic on equipment and come with manual AC with rear vents, fabric seats, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, connectivity, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, VSC and Hill Start Assist Control. Power comes from the 2.7-litre petrol engine with 166PS and 245Nm of peak torque on offer, while paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. The popular MPV now starts at Rs. 16.89 lakh for the GX 7-seater and Rs. 16.94 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom) for the GX 8-seater trim.
Apart from silently updating its popular models, Toyota is also gearing up to introduce the new Camry Hybrid in India soon. The company has begun teasing the model on social media with the launch likely a few days away. The company is also expected to introduce the Hilux pick-up as early as February, unless launch plans have been delayed due to the Omicron fears. The automaker will have a busy year going forward with the Toyota Belta (rebadged Maruti Suzuki Ciaz) and the Rumion (rebadged Maruti Suzuki Ertiga) also expected to arrive. It needs to be seen how early does Toyota bring the comprehensively updated Baleno to its showrooms as the new Glanza.