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.
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.
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.
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.