2017 Toyota Calya
The car will take on Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga, Honda Mobilio and Datsun Go+ in Indian market
Toyota is the largest automaker in the Asian market with plenty of models in its stable. The Japanese automaker has been developing new designs for quite some time. In emerging markets like India and the South East Asian countries the demand for the new designs, new concepts, muscular looking large cars are growing. The MPVs have been proven as the popular people movers in recent times. In India too, the popularity of the Toyota Innova Crysta, Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga, and Honda Mobilio shows the trend.
With the launch of the new generation Toyota Innova dubbed as the Innova Crysta in Indian market Toyota Kirloskar Motors has seen a huge success. It clearly depicts how the demands for the people movers have been rising in the country. Now inspired by the success of the Toyota Innova and lately the Innova Crysta, the Japanese automaker is now developing a mini MPV which can afford 7 occupants inside the cabin, and act as a stylish muscular family vehicle. Both the Toyota and the Daihatsu has their own design elements designing this car.
The Toyota Calya would initially launch in the Indonesian market in the Low Cost Green Car (LCGC) segment. In Indonesia the car will be dubbed as Calya Agya. Later on, the Japanese automaker in expected to launch the car in India as well. In India Toyota has a large customer base in the Delhi and NCR, which now comes with the ban on the 2000 cc and larger diesel engines. The Toyota Calya can act as the perfect solution for that as well, as it would sport a 1.5 litre engine.
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The Toyota Calya looks aggressive and bold thanks to its muscular body. The car sports sharp crystal cut designed headlamp clusters which are joined by a sleek chrome bar with the Toyota logo at the centre. The chrome bar separates the bonnet from the nose section. The front bumper looks beefy with large black front grille section and horizontally slated air intake at the lower section. The fog lamps are positioned in a delta shape at both sides of the lower front fascia. Move to the side profile, the car portrays a muscular appearance which reflects through the aggressive looking spoke blackened alloy wheels, distinguished wheel arches, blackened glass area, diagonal C pillar, wing mirrors with side turning indicators. The side profile boasts sharp creases running from the headlamps and hood to the taillamps under the glass area. The rear profile of the car sports Innova Crysta like taillamps and muscular appearance.
If we look at the car from side, it looks a bit similar with the Datsun Go+. Both the cars come with muscular cuts and creases at the side profile. Both the cars sport upward side character lines. If we compare the exterior of the Toyota Calya with the Honda Mobilio and the Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga, the design of the Calya seems pretty dull. The Ertiga sports sharp headlamps, lots of chrome garnishing at the front, while the Honda Mobilio also sports an elongated appearance with a sharper fascia. Although there is no information regarding the dimension of the Toyota Calya, but expect the car with closer dimensional figures with the Honda Mobilio, Datsun Go+ and the Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga.
Although Toyota is tight lipped about the interior of the Calya, but the car would sport a stylish and appealing interior design. Expect it to get a multifunction steering wheel, dual analog dial and a TFT display consisting instrument cluster. The dashboard would sport a touchscreen infotainment system at the centre console. Expect the Calya to sport a similar interior like the more premium Toyota Innova Crysta.
Being a MPV the car demands plenty of space for 7 occupants inside the cabin, which will come in a three row seating arrangement. If we see the interior of the Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga and the Calya’s closest competitor Datsun Go+, it can be clearly seen that the Go+ comes with a dull but very much practical interior which is spacious; on the other hand the Ertiga is a bit more upmarket in terms of comfort inside the cabin. The Honda Mobilio on the other end offers a premium quality interior albeit.
Toyota Calya will be available in both the petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol variant would be powered by a 1.2 litre engine sourced from the Toyota Etios, which will be mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox, and there will be an automatic gearbox as option as well. The engine is capable to churn out 80 PS of peak power and around 104 Nm of peak torque. The diesel variant on the other hand will be available with a 1.5 litre engine, which will help the Toyota to get back its customer base in the Delhi and NCR region and in Kerala as well, as these regions come with a ban on the 2000 cc and above diesel engines. Incidentally, Toyota is among the most affected brand by the ban.
On the powertrain front Toyota Calya’s closest competitor Datsun Go+ sports 1.2 litre petrol engine mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox which churns out 68 PS of peak power. While the Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga and the Honda Mobilio comes with larger engines. The Ertiga petrol variant is available with a 1.4 litre engine paired with 5 speed manual gearbox and 4 speed automatic as option. The engine produces 68 PS of peak power and 130 Nm of peak torque, on the other hand the Honda Mobilio petrol is powered by a 1.5 litre unit mated to a 5 speed manual transmission kicking out 119 PS of peak power and 145 Nm of peak torque. Clearly, the Mobilio is the most powerful among all these cars.
Talking about the diesel front, the Datsun Go+ doesn’t get a diesel engine, while the Ertiga comes with 1.3 litre engine paired with 5 speed manual transmission and pumping out 66 PS of peak power and 200 Nm of peak torque. On the other hand the Mobilio diesel is available with a 1.5 litre engine paired with a 6 speed manual transmission delivering 120 PS of peak power and 200 Nm of peak torque.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
|Engine||1.2 litre / 1.5 litre|
|Fuel type||Petrol / Diesel|
|Transmission||5 speed MT / AT|
|Maximum power||80 PS / NA|
|Maximum torque||104 Nm / NA|
Expect the Toyota Calya to come priced in between INR. 8 lakh to INR. 12 lakh.
Datsun Go+ is a very practical but dull looking car from the Japanese automaker’s stable. The car has been launched quite few years ago, but yet to grab the market due to its lack of features inside the car. Although the car is quite spacious and practically designed, but less features killed its potential in Indian market. The car is available in only petrol powertrain in form of a 1.2 litre engine mated to a 5 speed manual transmission which churns out 68 PS of peak power and 130 Nm of peak torque.
Price: INR. 3.82 lakh to INR. 4.89 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)
Datsun Go+ Gallery
Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga is a pretty popular model in Indian market which comes available with better power than the Toyota Calya. The engine options include a 1.5 litre petrol engine mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox and an automatic gearbox is also available. The diesel variant gets a 1.3 litre engine paired with a 5 speed manual transmission. The power output for the petrol and diesel engines are 68 PS and 66 PS respectively, while the torque amount stand at 130 Nm and 200 Nm respectively.
Price: INR. 6.18 lakh to INR. 9.28 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)
Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga Gallery
Honda Mobilio is a pretty stylish car with an upmarket and muscular design. The car is available in both the petrol and diesel engine options. Evidently the large car is very powerful. The petrol variant is powered by a 1.5 litre engine mated to a 5 speed manual transmission churning out 119 PS of peak power and 145 Nm of peak torque. The diesel variant on the other hand is powered by a 1.5 litre engine mated to a 6 speed manual transmission which generates 100 PS of peak power and 200 Nm of peak torque.
Price: INR. 7.18 lakh to INR. 12.33 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)
Honda Mobilio Gallery
When Indian market is seeing an anti diesel vibe with the ban on 2000 cc and larger diesel engines, the major automaker in the country like the Toyota has become upset as they are one of the few automakers selling the larger engine equipped cars in the country. The Japanese automaker already declared they would consider launching the next generation Toyota Fortuner, which is due in the country. Toyota has lost a large customer base in the Delhi, NCR and Kerala as well. In the wake of that the Toyota Calya seems a good choice for the company to launch in India, as it would be far away from the ban and it will offer the customers a good old diesel option. Moreover the spacious and muscular car will surely attract eyes as well, just like its sibling Toyota Innova Crysta.
“Daihatsu is also looking to rebadge the Toyota Calya and sell it in their product range. Rumored to be called Daihatsu Sigra, the exterior styling is likely to be influenced by the Daihatsu UFC-3 Concept.”
— Indian Autos Blog
“The Calya, on the other hand looks like an interesting proposition, as it’ll comfortably fall under the sub-2000 cc mark, even with the Etios’s 1.5-litre diesel engine.”
- * Muscular design.
- * Spacious interior.
- * Small but efficient engines.
- * Not very impressive design.
- * Lack of information about the interior.
- * Toyota is still tight lipped about the launch date.