A car that doesn’t require an intro. The epitome of reliability, a car that can do distance from earth to the moon and probably back without an engine overhaul (earth to moon distance is 3,84,000 Km), any doubt? Ask any taxi cab driver about the Innova. Probably the only car in India that can give a competition to this legend is another car from the same Japanese stable, the Toyota Qualis. Spotting Innovas with more than five lakhs Km on the odometers running on original piston rings and cylinder sleeves are a common site in India. All and sundry shocked when Toyota announced that it will be replacing their money spinner Qualis with Innova in January 2005. It was a bold decision from Toyota and rest is history. Innova reigned the premium MPV segment for a decade and no car maker ever could touch Innova even with a pole. Toyota gave some cosmetic tweaks on the car as and when, but never touched the mechanicals or any major changes to the body panels, save for an addition of an intercooler in 2010 to meet the emission norms.
The Legend Reborn
After 10 years, Toyota finally decided to give a head to toe makeover for the Innova. Toyota has already launched the new Innova in Indonesia where it is known as the Kijano Innova. The car is all slated for early 2016 launch in the Indian market. Let us explore the new Innova 2016.
Innova was never a great looker, I may even dare say that the last update tips the scale towards ugliness. But this time Toyota has taken the design to an altogether different level. The front end is dominated by a hexagonal wide grill, starting from the top of the bonnet right to the bottom. Sweptback lights at the front join the grill on both sides, houses twin pod lights with HID. The front indicators are packed along with the fog lamps. The car has an air of butch-ness when taken head on. Side unmistakably has an MPV look, with a raked rear quarter glass and the new body line give it a completely new side profile.
The design is completed with a new set of tail lamp, new rear bumper and redesigned boot lid. Overall Toyota managed to inject more sleekness with an air of robustness in the new design. Reportedly the top-end will come with 17-inch alloy wheels.
The interior is plusher and roomier than before. The car comes with a redesigned dash with better materials to give more premium feel. There is a touchscreen infotainment system on the center console with Air Gesture, web browser, Miracast, HDMI, Bluetooth, Smartphone connectivity, Voice command and Digital Living Network Alliance feature. The car gets a new set of instrumental cluster and a TFT MID at the center between the analog speedometer and tachometer.The dash design, steering wheel, and center console resembles that of the new Toyota Corolla and this gives Innova a more car-like feel to the interior. Seating layout remains the same with two seating options: 7 seater with captain seats at the middle row or 8 seater with bench seat at the middle. The Third-row seats will now get a middle headrest. The new Innova undoubtedly will be the new benchmark in comfort in the MPV segment.
The car will come with two engine options.
- Diesel: New Super GD Engine: 2393 CC generating 149 PS@3400 rpm – 34.9Kgm@1200-2800 rpm
- Petrol: New Dual VVT-i Engine: 2000 CC generating 139 PS@5600 rpm –7kgm@4700 rpm
Both are available with a 5 Speed manual or a 6 speed automatic.
The car will come with six airbags to ensure the safety of all passengers. ABS and EBD will be standard across all variants.
Considering the significant changes, roomier interiors, equipment and enhanced safety features, expect Toyota to price the new Innova Rs 2-3 Lakhs more than the outgoing model. We have launched the new section for On Road Car prices.
Innova never had a competitor since its launch in 2005. With the introduction of new Innova, Toyota will be raising this legend to an altogether different level. Innova has a huge fan following in the country and with the launch of the new Innova at Auto Expo 2016, this number is sure to go up.