New Toyota Innova launch in 2012 likely

Toyota is planning to launch the next generation of its highly successful Multi Purpose Vehicle, the Innova, in 2012.

According to Autocar India, the next Innova will retain the IMV platform and the same engine but with more power and torque. There are speculations that Toyota may introduce Innova with an automatic gear box.

Chances are that there will be an upward price revision for the 2012 Innova.

Toyota Innova owners are generally a satisfied lot and hence, Toyota doesn’t have to make radical changes while launching the next generation model. However, there are minor issues such as the third row leg room.Toyota will not increase the length of the 2012 Innova because the customers aren’t ready to drive a lengthier Innova just because of the third row leg room.

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Photo: Toyota Innova

One of the reasons why the Toyota Innova is preferred by even city dwellers is because of the short turning radius that compensates its large size and its car like handling. Hence, we can expect some intelligent arrangement of second and third row seats to create optimal leg room space for all the occupants in both rows rather than changes in its exterior dimensions such as length. Related: Toyota cars in India

What we hear is that the 2012 Innova will have a brand new looks because there will be major styling tweaks and redesigned body panels. We sure hope so – the looks of the Innova have become a bit too boring after all these years!

Innova was introduced when demand for Qualis was at its peak. When people slowly knew Innova’s potential and reliability and started giving Innova a warm welcome, the company gradually discontinued Qualis.
Lastly, Toyota gave a facelifted Innova in January 2009 with a slight hike in price.

Toyota Innova prices

As of today, Innova is offered in 2.0 litre petrol ( 3 variants) and 2.5 litre diesel  ( 7 variants) with prices ranging from Rs. 9.71 lakhs to Rs. 13.09 lakhs ( On Road Price, Delhi) for the petrol variants and Rs. 9.30 lakhs to Rs. 13.82 lakhs ( On Road Price, Delhi) for the diesel variants.

Here is proof of Innova’s success over its alternatives ( MPVs with similar pricing in Indian market) based on the October 2010 sales.

MPV Numbers Price
Toyota Innova 4516 9.30 – 13.82
Mahindra Xylo 3137 8.01 – 10.82
Tata Sumo Grande 1688* 7.37 – 8.76
Tata Aria no data 12.91 – 15.50 (ex-showroom prices, Delhi)

*- is the combined sales of Sumo models including Sumo Victa.

Source: Autocar