The Calya is the smallest MPV from Toyota, closely resembles the Innova in shape and design but has contemporary interiors and a frugal engine, but if updated and priced correctly can be a danger to Ertiga’s reign.

The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga has been the sole leader of the MPV segment in its range that starts from INR 9 to 12 Lakhs, with the next car being the Mahindra Marazzo which starts at INR 14 Lakhs. Now the other Japanese giant Toyota might have something in its arsenal to bring to India and give the Ertiga come competition, it is named the Calya and is a rebadged iteration of the Daihatsu Sigra (Daihatsu is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota Corporation) and is sold exclusively in Indonesia for now.

The Calya’s shape bears a resemblance to the Innova Crysta, but is smaller in dimension, around 600mm less in length and 200mm in width. The front fascia is curvy and features a large blacked out grille that encompasses the headlamps which are LED across all trims. The rear of the vehicle also resembles its larger sibling, but has lesser sharp features here too, and a lot of people may even confuse the car with the older gen-Innova if not for its size.

On the inside, the Calya has a neatly designed cabin which is quite spacious and has a 7-seat configuration, although the middle row might not be very comfortable to seat 3 individuals. The dashboard is contemporary and features a touchscreen infotainment system which is aligned nearer to the driver for easier access. The gearbox is located on the dashboard instead of the centre console, and the space has been left free for a more open atmosphere. The cabin is covered in contrast black and brown/chocolate color fabric, the seats come with an under tray for storing laptop or documents, and rear passenger power outlet as well.

The Calya comes with a 1.2 litre engine that makes 88 PS and 104Nm of Torque which is lesser than the engines of both the Ertiga and and the Marazzo, so Toyota will have to give it a bigger diesel engine if it has to go toe to toe with the Suzuki, but it tips the scale from the Renault Triber in this department. The Toyota does not have the upmarket interiors or a powerful engine one may get from a car in this range but will make up for it with the renowned quality and durability that the Japanese automaker is known for.

The smart, spacious design and more importantly one that resembles the Innova Crysta will attract buyers towards the Calya, but the addition of a more powerful engine and some improvements to the comfort and interiors of the car, maybe adding a more intuitive screen out of the Glanza that it sells here. The Calya starts at 144 Million Indonesian Rupiah which converts to INR 7.5 Lakhs and may go up to INR 10 Lakhs if updated engines and features are added to it. Toyota should take the leap towards its launch here to give the Ertiga some company.

Anagh Bhaskar

Anagh Bhaskar

I am a journalism grad who has always had a passion towards machines, especially cars and war machines, the sheer competitiveness of the industry which works with the same enthusiasm everyday without fail is what fascinates me. Favourie Car: Nissan GT-R R35 Quote: What you do in life echoes in eternity- Russell Crowe, Maximus, Gladiator