Toyota has launched a face-lifted version of their popular Innova MPV in Malaysia. This new version is expected to hit Indian shores during early 2012. The Innova is the undisputed leader of the Indian MPV segment and competes with cars like the Tata Aria, Mahindra XUV500 etc.
The Innova’s unique selling proposition is the blend of comfort and space. But, expect Toyota to claim a slightly premium price tag for these cosmetic updates. Now let’s take a closer look at what these changes are.
Exterior changes: The new Innova is a more evolved version of the existing model it sports a radiator grille with three horizontal chrome slats similar to the Toyota Camry’s radiator grille. The headlamps and tail lamps have been slightly modified giving a refreshed feel to the MPV. The fog lamps in the new Innova get plastic surrounds unlike the fog lamps in the present model that has no plastic surrounds. The door mirrors of the facelift version get integrated turn indicators.
Interior changes: On the inside, expect Toyota to offer a newly designed central console and faux wood inserts with new shades. However, there may not be radical changes in the interior trim and seats material. The new Innova may not redefine things in terms of looks and comfort, but it may attract buyers who are looking for cosmetic changes in the new model.
No change in engine specifications: The upcoming Innova facelift will likely be powered by the same 2.5-litre, D4D diesel motor making 101 bhp of max power and 204 Nm of max torque and the 2-litre petrol motor making 130 bhp of max power and 181 Nm of max torque. The diesel engine has strong mid range pull and also offers consistent mileage. Together with the car-like handling characteristics, the Innova is a near-perfect MPV.
Price: Toyota may likely price the face-lifted version of the Innova at a price slightly higher than that of the current model. The present model is priced in the range of Rs. 8.73 lakh – 12.76 lakh (BS-IV, ex-showroom, Delhi).
The 2012 Innova will have a better road stance and fresher interiors than the outgoing model, but there will likely be no changes in the mechanicals such as engine and transmission. We expect Toyota to launch the facelifted Innova at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. Also read: Toyota Innova versus Mahindra XUV500