From the looks of it, Japanese automaker Toyota has just begun testing the 2016 Innova MPV on Indian roads. The MPV will continue to be based on the IMV platform, albeit with inputs from Toyota’s New Generation Architecture (TNGA), to increase parts and platform sharing attributes as means of lowering costs.
To summarize, the likes of the new Innova and Fortuner will use the IMV-II platform that will continue to underpin Toyota cars targeting emerging markets of the world. The next-generation Innova MPV is expected to hit Indian roads by the end of next year, which is about two years after its latest facelift.
The 2016 Innova is expected to be larger than the outgoing model and this is exactly what the first crop of spyshots indicate, what with the extended cabin behind the C-Pillar. The ladder frame chassis will be retained, with weight reduction to boot as a lowering weight is one of the key objectives of the TNGA program.
Apart from completely revised looks with a less aggressive grille up front, the MPV is likely to gain many upmarket features such as projector headlamps and shark fin antenna. For the Indian market, expect Toyota to continue banking on a turbo diesel engine, albeit with additional power and torque.
The 2.5 liter D-4D turbo diesel engine that the current Innova uses is available in a higher, 143 Bhp-343 Nm state of tune. Expect the new Innova to hop onto the higher state of tune, with a variable geometry turbocharger in tow. In addition to a manual gearbox, the 2016 Innova Diesel is expected to receive a automatic option.
Toyota Kirloskar Motors Limited, the Indian outpost of the Japanese automaker, is expected to price and position the 2016 Innova as a premium MPV, just as the current version is positioned. Expect the Innova to retain its 7 seat functionality, along with improved road manners and refinement levels.
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