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Is Toyota planning to launch a petrol version of the Vios in India?

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Toyota Kirloskar Motor is reportedly considering the Vios sedan for India. The midsized sedan is expected to be a better option for garnering higher sales volumes than the Etios, which has managed lackluster sales figures so far. However, going by the latest reports, Toyota may only bring the petrol variants of the sedan to the Indian market. There may be several reasons behind this decision. Toyota may primarily be driven by its own inadequacies in terms of a diesel engine, which is both powerful and small.

The current Etios and Etios Liva models make use of the D-4D 1.4 litre turbo diesel four-cylinder engine. Now, this engine makes 68 PS and 170 Nm and feels okay for the Etios range but is grossly underpowered in case of the premium Toyota Corolla Altis model. Toyota may be fearing a similar backlash in case this engine makes its way to the Vios sedan. The other rivals in the midsized sedan category like the Ciaz, Verna, Honda City and Vento all have diesel engines making more than 90 PS and 200 Nm so that may have been taken into consideration by Toyota Kirloskar Motor as well.

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In fact, customers prefer petrol variants of midsized sedans more than their diesel counterparts which is majorly due to the latter being costlier. Even the formidable Honda City has seen demand gradually shrinking by 20% for the diesel variants, something that may also have spurred Toyota into taking this decision.

Toyota does not have a powerful diesel engine and may be considering only the 1.5 litre 2NR-FBE Dual VVT-i petrol mill for the Vios. This engine makes 108 hp and 140 Nm and is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission unit. There may be a CVT option for the Vios as well. The India-spec Vios sedan may be unveiled at the upcoming Auto Expo in February, 2018.

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