The all-new 2016 Toyota Innova is very close to being unveiled at Indonesia, a country that loves its MPV, just like India loves her compact sedans. There’s a lot we know about the new Innova, from the second generation IMV platform it’s hopped onto to the additional space it’ll offer its buyers. Yes,the new MPV will get more premium than ever before, but will be the price bump up bring enough features on board. Well, we have more clarity now as the brochure of the 2016 Innova has been leaked. A tell-all document, this brochure gives us an idea on what to expect from the new people mover from Toyota. From dimensions to features, it has it all and here are five reasons why the new Innova is a significant upgrade over the existing version.
For starters, it’s larger.
With length, breadth, height and wheelbase measuring 4,735 mm, 1,830 mm, 1,795 mm and 2,750 mm respectively, the new Innova is a longer, wider and taller vehicle than the current model. While the wheelbase remains constant, the significant increases in other dimensions will allow Toyota to package the MPV better, improving passenger comfort by a large margin. The automaker will be keen to carry on the Innova’s legacy of comfort and spaciousness, and the new version has the right hardware for the job.
Smaller engine, yet more power and torque.
Downsizing is big in the car world, and the 2016 Innova is the latest vehicle to succumb. However, engineers are finding ways to build smaller engines and improve on fuel efficiency even as they boost power and torque outputs. The new Innova gets a smaller, 2.4 liter turbo diesel engine, but with booster outputs of 145 Bhp and 343 Nm (manual)/360 Nm (automatic). The GD series of turbo diesel engines are said to be extremely fuel efficient, and the new Innova shares this engine with the Fortuner. The MPV also gets a 2 liter petrol engine for the Indonesian market. A ladder frame chassis and rear wheel drive layout remain constants. Economy and power modes will also be offered.
ABS – Standard. Twin Airbags – Standard. Reverse parking sensors – Standard.
Toyota has made safety standard across its cars sold in India. The new Innova will carry forward this philosophy, and will add ABS+EBD and reverse parking sensors to all variants of the new MPV. These changes are likely to be reflected on the Indian version as well, as we’ll have new safety norms kicking in from 2017, the year in which the new MPV is likely to be launched here. Top end variants of the Innova get ESP and hill hold assist.
It’s loaded with features
There’s been quite some talk about the new Innova taking a premium approach, both in terms of pricing and positioning. Having a long list of feature is key to charging premium rupee. Even the base (G) variant of the Innova gets a power steering adjustable for rake and reach, a 7-inch infotainment system, voice commands and Bluetooth functions. The mid (V) variant offers a TFT multi information display screen, ambient lighting, 8-inch infotainment system and automatic climate control. The top-end (Q) variant adds LED projector headlamps, keyless entry and push button start. So, in feature terms, the Innova is more premium sedan than MPV.
It’s got automatic gearboxes too.
Automatic gearboxes are becoming very popular in cars that are priced over 10 lakh rupees. Toyota has addressed a long standing void, and has equipped both the petrol and diesel variants with 6 speed automatic gearbox options. The Innova could be the first diesel MPV to be sold in India (this side of the Mercedes Benz R-Class) to feature a diesel-automatic option. Don’t miss this feature, Toyota.
[Brochure scans courtesy AutonetMagz]