2016 Next-Generation Toyota Innova MPV with BMW Technology in the offing?

The next generation 2016 Toyota Innova, using a new iteration of the IMV platform, has begun testing runs on Indian roads. The MPV will arrive into India next year, and will be priced at a heftier premium than the version it replaces. In other words, the next-generation Innova will make a move upwards, in terms of size, positioning, pricing and features. However, the turbo diesel motor of the MPV could see a major drop in displacement.

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CarToq’s Speculative Render of the 2016 Toyota Innova MPV

 

A 2 liter-4 cylinder motor is said to replace the 2.5 liter D-4D turbo diesel engine that the current Innova uses. The smaller engine is expected to make 120 Bhp-310 Nm, a significant upgrade from the current 100 Bhp-200 Nm outputs of the 2.5 liter D-4D motor. The new information is at odds with previous reports, which suggested that the current motor of the MPV would get 134 Bhp-343 Nm outputs, a state of tune that the engine is available with in Thailand.

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Another render of the 2016 Innova based on the new IMV platform

 

Parts sharing is said to be the whole idea behind the new 2 liter diesel engine, with cars such as the Corolla Altis and the Camry also in line to gain this motor. While this is a distinct possibility under the Toyota New Generation Architecture (TNGA), which encourages parts sharing in a big way, Toyota is actually eyeing the 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter turbo diesel motors designed and developed by BMW, and currently in use by Mini and BMW cars.

BMW 2 Liter Turbo Diesel Engine
BMW 2 Liter Turbo Diesel Engine

Therefore, the 2 liter turbo diesel motor reportedly under test in the next-generation Innova could actually have BMW genes. From a workhorse 2.5 liter D-4D motor to a sporty 2.0 liter BMW sourced diesel motor powering it, the difference in character between successive Innova generations couldn’t have been starker. While is still a matter of conjecture that Toyota will actually replace a workhorse motor famed for its reliability and longevity, with a high performance, rev happy diesel, stranger things have happened in car land.

Via MotorOctane