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Meet India’s Toyota Innova that has done more than 10 Lakh Kms

It is not every day that you see a vehicle crossing 10 lakh km on the odometer. Well, you will be surprised to know that a lot of Toyota vehicles, especially Innova MPVs have achieved the feat in India. Here is one such example of a Toyota Innova crossing 10 lakh km, which is one of the highest readings that we have seen in recent times.

The picture of the odometer and the vehicle itself was uploaded by Anaamalais Toyota, Kerala. They are a chain of authorised Toyota dealerships and service centres and are quite popular in the southern part of the country. The Innova seen in the picture has a private registration number, which is a highly unlikely spotting. Most Toyota Innova that we have seen crossing lakhs of kilometres in the past have yellow commercial number plates.

The vehicle belongs to Velmurugan V and the vehicle was registered in July of 2007. It is a 13-year-old vehicle and on an average, it has covered almost 1 lakh km every year, which is quite high. We are not sure about the purpose of using this Innova and the reason for accumulating such a large number of kilometres on the vehicle. What we know that the vehicle is still going strong and is up and running smoothly.

There are numerous Toyota Innova MPVs that have crossed lakhs of kilometres without much of a problem. There are plenty above the 5 lakh mark but this is the first one that we have spotted with the 10 lakh km mark on the odometer. It should be noted that this Innova uses the old analogue odometer, which does not go beyond 9 lakh 99 thousand 99 km.

Toyota Innova diesel uses the good old trusted D-4D engine. It is the same engine that also powers the Toyota Fortuner in India and numerous vehicles around the world. In fact, it is one of the most trusted engines and is popular around the world for its longevity and long-lasting life. There are several engines under the D-4D family and the Innova uses the 2.5-litre four-cylinder iteration. If all scheduled service is provided to this engine, it can literally last lakhs of kilometres without throwing any kind of problem. It is not mentioned if the engine has had any major repairs in the past or if any major part had to be replaced.

The diesel engines have the potential to last much longer than the petrol engines. That’s because of the diesel fuel’s property. Since diesel acts a lubricant and keeps the engine smooth, the petrol fuel has a detergent property. It means that petrol fuel has a tendency to wash away the lubricants coating the surface of the components, which causes faster wear and tear compared to the diesel engines. Typically, a diesel engine can last for 2.5 lakh to 3 lakh km without any problem. However, regular service and maintenance should be provided to the car and the engine as well.

Shantonil Nag

Shantonil Nag, senior feature writer at Cartoq.com, channels his expertise and enthusiasm into insightful car reviews and test drives. (Full bio)