CarToq has put together the first speculative render of the 2016 Toyota Innova, based on cues from the first set of spyshots.
Toyota Kirloskar Motors Limited has begun testing the 2016 Innova MPV in India. The Innova MPV is Toyota India’s best selling product, and has seen a series of facelifts ever since it was first launched in 2005. However, the Innova retained the first generation of the IMV platform all along.
With nearly a decade elapsing after the initial launch of the Innova, the MPV will hop onto an all-new platform next year, in this case the IMV-II platform, which will have inputs from Toyota’s New Generation Architecture (TNGA) that envisages parts sharing and kerb weight lowering of cars.
From the looks of it, the 2016 Innova will get larger than the existing version. The larger dimensions will make the MPV more comfortable with additional interior room being liberated. The interiors of the heavily camouflaged test mule showcased black interiors, which may make way for a more airy beige theme in the production variants.
The design of the 2016 Innova is expected to take a more butch approach, with a higher ground clearance to boot. Don’t be surprised if the 2016 Innova looks more like a crossover, a-la-the Tata Aria. Sharply raked projector headlamps, revised bumpers and a changed profile, C-Pillar onwards are three discernible changes on the MPV.
Apart from getting larger than before, the Innova is expected to take an upmarket route in terms of price and positioning, giving Toyota India the leeway to slot in another MPV at the current Innova’s price and positioning. It may be noted that the Innova was first launched at a base price of 6.74 lakh rupees in 2005.
The current Innova now starts at 9.43 lakh rupees, nearly a 40 % bump up in price when compared with the initial levels of pricing. So, Toyota can definitely slot in a new MPV below the next-generation 2016 Innova. Perhaps, the Avanza sold in South East Asian markets in on Toyota’s mind for the Indian car market.
Coming back to the 2016 Innova, expect the MPV to gain more power from its 2.5 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engine, likely to use the 2KD-FTV state of tune that ups the power and torque levels to 143 Bhp-343 Nm, from the existing 1KD-FTV’s 102 Bhp-200 Nm state of tune.
The 2016 Innova, in IMV-II guise, will continue to use a ladder frame chassis and a rear wheel drive layout, two features that have been staples across the Innova range. The 2016 Innova is expected to bow into the Indian car market sometime in late 2015.