2016 Toyota Innova – All you need to know

In less than a couple of weeks, on the 23rd of November, the 2016 Toyota Innova will be launched in Indonesia, the first country in the world to get the all-new MPV. The Innova is coming to India too but it’ll take the better part of a year before that can happen.

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Ahead of the official launch, a series of leaks have ensured that you’ll know almost everything about the new MPV save for the prices. A bunch of official images have landed onto the interweb, with details to boot. Here’s all you need to know about the all-new, India bound 2016 Toyota Innova.

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The new Innova is based on the second generation IMV platform. Weight saving is one major aim of this platform. So, don’t be surprised if the new MPV is lighter than before, despite being larger than the current version in all dimensions except the wheelbase, which is carried over unchanged.

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The Innova is rear wheel driven, and uses a 2.4 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engine, from Toyota’s brand new GD architecture. Despite the capacity downsizing, the pep has been upsized to 145 Bhp-360 Nm on the automatic variant, and 343 Nm on the manual variant.

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5 speed manual and 6 speed automatic gearbox options are on offer. The other big changes on the Innova are with respect to the design, interior quality and features. The Innova looks sharper than before, but in some colours retains its van-like slab sided proportions. It’s an MPV you’re dealing with, and the looks gives the plot away.

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On the inside, quality levels have been given a solid push upwards, and the cabin of the new MPV feels quite premium. This is much at odds with the purely utilitarian interiors of the current Innova. From the faux wood insert running across the dashboard to the stitch of the seats, the new Innova’s interiors are much improved.

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While Toyota has also increased the creature comforts and features on the new MPV, it’s safety that gets a bigger boost. A full complement of 8 airbags, ABS+EBD, vehicle stability control (VSC), hill hold assist and reverse parking sensors are offered on the top-end variants, while ABS and twin airbags are standard even on the base models.

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A 10 % price bump is what the market in Indonesia is expecting for the new MPV, considering the larger dimensions, additional features and the more powerful diesel motor. In India, the new, 7 seat Innova could start from around 13.5 lakh rupees, going all the way up to 17.5 lakh rupees. A launch is expected late next year, or in early 2017.

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