The Toyota Innova MPV will hop on to a new generation next year. Test mules have already made an appearance in Bangalore, the city that hosts Toyota’s manufacturing facility in India. The new, 2016 Innova promises to be bigger than ever before, both externally and internally. Official word has now arrived about the 2016 Innova’s unveil. Mr. Michinobu Sugata, the President of Toyota Philippines, has revealed that the 2016 Innova would be revealed next year. Expect the Indian launch to also happen next year given how pivotal the Innova MPV has been for Brand Toyota here.
The 2016 Innova MPV will continue to use the IMV platform and will be based on a ladder frame architecture. However, the IMV platform will adopts bits from the Toyota New Generation Architecture such as parts sharing and weight reduction. As the Innova is making a move upmarket, the 2.5 liter turbo diesel engine of the MPV is expected to churn out more power and torque, with the engine using a variable geometry turbocharger to output 143 Bhp-343 Nm, a significant upgrade from the current output of 102 Bhp-200 Nm. Armed with a rear wheel drive layout and a lighter chassis, expect the 2016 Innova to be more fuel efficient.
The MPV’s design is likely to take the butch route, with a prominent front grille and design changes on the profile. The D-pillar and the extended cabin were two such prominent change that was discernible from the test mule. The 2016 Innova is also expected to get a slew of upmarket features to justify its premium positioning. From climate control to projector headlamps, the 2016 Innova is expected to lead the class in terms of equipment on offer. As the Innova continues its upward march, the Indian market is also expected to get a smaller MPV to fill in for the Innova, in the form of the Avanza. The Avanza could be Toyota’s answer to the likes of the Maruti Ertiga and the Honda Mobilio. Via ABS-CBN News