The Toyota Innova has long been one of the best selling MPVs in India. It is so popular that it regularly outsells many cheaper SUVs like the Mahindra XUV500 and the Tata Harrier among others. The Innova is also quite popular among celebrities who otherwise are seen in high-end multi-crore cars. Bollywood celebrities including Aamir Khan, Malaika Arora Khan, Rajnikant, Jackie Shroff and Gulshan Grover use the Innova regularly and are seen in it. What are the main reasons behind the success of the Innova? Let’s find out.
Toyota has made a name in India over the years for its reliability. The Innova, however, comes at the top of the reliability chart and it is quite normal to see Innova crossing one lakh kilometres easily. It is powered by the world-renowned D4D diesel engine, which is known for operating for lakhs of kilometres without a hiccup. The MPV spends very less time in the garages and that’s what makes it popular among the customers and cab-hailers equally. For celebrities, this brings extra peace of mind as getting their car stuck due to a breakdown is something that can be troubling for them.
Bollywood diva Malaika Arora Khan is among the many celebrities who used a Toyota Innova Crysta. Malaika owns several exotics including a Range Rover but is also seen in an Innova Crysta on several occasions. She herself drives the car too. Malaika owns the automatic petrol version of the Innova that is known for its extremely smooth operation.
This is one of the major strong points of the Toyota Innova. The MPV offers a smooth ride even on extremely rough roads. Moreover, its cabin is quite spacious and the captain seats on the rear provide good body support even on long rides. This is one of the main reasons that many customers prefer Innova over any other MPV on the market. The shock absorbers are set-up to absorb most of the rough terrains while the ladder frame chassis of the Innova makes it quite rugged. It comes with the pitch and bounce-control that makes it even more comfortable.
Aamir Khan was the brand ambassador of the Toyota Innova at the time of its launch and appeared in several adverts of the MPV. The actor owns an older generation Toyota Innova and has been spotted in it several times.
Great aftermarket service
Unlike several other international brands who offer great cars but lack good aftermarket service, Toyota has a wide network of service centres across India. This, in turn, boosts the confidence of the buyers. Further, the Japanese automaker offers various service packages that make the maintenance cost almost zero. It is also not hidden from anyone that the Innova has a great resale value, which means that owners can keep their cars for years and can sell it off with minimal depreciation.
Gulshan Grover, who was once among the most popular villains in Bollywood movies, owns a Toyota Innova. Gulshan also owns quite a few luxury cars but he is also seen on the Innova several times.
Easy to get in and out
The ingress and egress convenience of the Toyota Innova is something that is appreciated by people from all walks of life. It gets a high ground clearance along with large sidesteps that make getting in and out of the car an easy affair. The large doors of the Innova further help the case and are especially useful for people in their old age.
Superstar Rajnikanth is one of the biggest celebrities in India to own a Toyota Innova MPV. The actor has a humble car collection but also has a few high-end SUVs. When going for events he is often seen in his Toyota Innova.
Now quite premium
The Toyota Innova has always been a feature rich and comfortable car but the new Innova Crysta has taken things a step further. The MPV is extremely premium and is available in luxury trims with high levels of comfort. The current top-end variant of the MPV looks quite sporty and not like a cab, which was a problem with the pre-Crysta version of the MPV. The Innova offers a high level of creature-comfort features like leather seats, LED projector headlamps, ambient light, touchscreen infotainment system, rear AC digital display and more such features.
Jackie Shroff has a huge car collection, including a few vintage cars. However, many times, the veteran actor has been seen driving the Innova himself. He owns a pre-facelift version of the car.