The next-generation, 2016 Toyota Innova is in the works and has been spotted testing in multiple parts of India. Next year’s Indian Auto Expo could be the big ticket event at which this MPV could be unveiled to the world, followed by its sale here. A new image has surfaced onto the interweb, purported to be that of the 2016 Innova. The image reveals the MPV to be much larger than the current-generation variant, with styling that is sharper than before. While the front looks a touch overdone, we’ll have to wait for better quality images, or leaks so to speak, for better judgment on the design of the next-generation MPV.
Naomi Ishii, Toyota Kirloskar’s Chief Executive Officer, has revealed that the next-generation 2016 Innova will take a premium approach with regards to features and pricing. With the spyshots indicating a larger vehicle, it’s easy to imagine that the MPV will be positioned higher than the current version in terms of pricing. The space vacated by the current-generation model is expected to be taken by a new vehicle, perhaps the Avanza. The 2016 Innova will use a new iteration of the IMV platform, which will be optimized to work on the Toyota New Generation Architecture (TNGA). The MPV could gain a new 2 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engine, tuned to output 120 Bhp-310 Nm.
Both the power and torque figures are significant increases over the current Innova’s 100 Bhp-200 Nm outputs that the 2.5 liter D-4D turbo diesel motor churns out. The 2.5 D-4D motor is an unstressed unit that delivers years of service spread across lakhs of trouble free kilometers. In that light, the 2 liter turbo diesel unit will have large boots to fill indeed. On the new MPV, a rear wheel drive layout and a ladder frame chassis are expected to be standard fare. ABS and airbags are two safety features that are also expected to be standard on the new Innova given the fact Toyota has taken a clear stand on safety for its cars sold in India.
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