Narrowing gap between petrol and diesel price has resulted into rising popularity for the petrol cars in India. In 2011-12, diesel passenger cars account for 60% of total sales. However, the demand for diesel cars shrank to around 15% last month.
The reason behind rising popularity for petrol cars is the narrowing price difference between the petrol and diesel. From Rs 31 in 2011-12, the price difference between petrol and diesel is now Rs 6.5. In fact, petrol is cheaper than diesel in some of Indian states including Goa and Gujarat. Diesel cars are expensive than their petrol-equipped counterparts. With BSVI emission norms, the price gap has now widened. A new media report claims that Toyota will soon increase the prices of its diesel-powered Innova Crysta and Fortuner soon. Also See – Toyota Fortuner facelift Launch Likely in 2020
The Toyota Fortuner is available with 2 BSVI compliant engines – a 2.7-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol and a 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder diesel. While the former is capable of producing 163bhp of power and 245Nm of torque, the oil burner is good for 174bhp and 420Nm. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque convertor automatic. The Crysta is available in 2 BSVI engines – a 2.7-litre petrol and a 2.4-litre diesel. The oil burner produces 148bhp and 343Nm of torque. A five-speed manual gearbox driving the power to the rear wheels will come as standard, while a 6-speed torque convertor automatic will be offered as optional.
Speaking on the diesel future, Naveen Soni, VP-Toyota Kirloskar Motor, “In the price sensitive of entry and mid passenger car segment diesel upgrade to BS6 makes is uncompetitive against the equivalent gasoline vehicles. The difficult decision that we as manufacturer of MPV and SUV vehicles was how to price these BS6 diesel vehicles at introduction timing. In our case we had taken a decision to transfer less than 50% of BS6 upgradation cost to the market at introduction timing earlier this year. However since this is not a sustainable measure we would take a decision at appropriate time to transfer the cost to the market in a step wise manner.”