5th-Jan-2012: Toyota Motors finally gave a nice make over to its cash cow, Toyota Innova and launched it at the Auto Expo 2012 in New Delhi. Toyota will be charging its consumers Rs 9.40 lakh for the base petrol variant of the 2012 Toyota Innova. The company has kept its word and has given a remarkable exterior facelift to the MPV. One can prominently see revamped grille, shinny pair of headlamps that has been redesigned and totally refreshed rear end of the car. The interiors are better and much more comfortable than before thereby justifying its makeover. This multi purpose vehicle will be offered in both petrol and diesel version thereby taking care of the needs of both types of consumers.
Toyota Innova is the most popular MUV (Multi Utility Vehicle) in the Indian market which belongs to a breed of cars that is hardly seen in the auto market. Its official name in Indonesia is Toyota Kijang Innova, while for other countries it is simply Innova as this MPV replaced Toyota Kijang globally. In India, the MPV replaced Toyota Qualis. Hailing from the world’s top-most car manufacturer-Toyota Motors which operated in India with Kirloskar as Toyota Kirloskar Motors, Innova is a perfect Multi-Purpose Vehicle plying on Indian roads. Evidently, Toyota Innova was first launched in 2005 in India and comes as both 8-seater as well as 7-seater MPV.
Toyota Innova wishes to combine features like space and ruggedness associated with MUVs along with comfort and handling that is normally seen in high segment cars. Toyota Innova is an ambitious project, considering the fact that Toyota Innova replaced Qualis, which itself was a huge hit in utility vehicles in India. Toyota Innova showed Indian manufacturers great quality work in a segment where most of the cars sold, are used as taxis. Though, Innova is also used a lot a Taxi segment these days, it can be an owners pride for its design, comfort, safety and innovative features too. A facelifted version of this MPV was displayed at the 2012 Auto Expo.
Most of the changes are done on the outside of Innova. While headlamps are more angular now, bumpers are also restylised. The fog lamps now become oval in 8-seater and rhombus shaped in 7-seater and beautifully enclosed while the grille becomes upright with three chrome slats and Toyota badging at the centre of the topmost slat. Above the grille is a chrome thick band. The bonnet has a more prominent V now. While the side profile gets new skirting, alloy wheels and tail lights receives new profile plus a chrome band nicely placed on the back to add premium-ness to the MPV. Many new changes are also made in interiors which look more deluxe now.
The contemporary design of Toyota Innova emphasizes the fact that it is designed to cater to the world market. Innova offers excellent handling and drive quality with its elegant interiors, additional advanced features and generous cabin space. Toyota Innova has an excellent shape. Its wheel arches are flared and it is high enough to do away with any number speed bumps that it might encounter. Toyota Innova is well equipped with double wishbones with coil springs up the front suspension. On the other hand the rear suspension uses a non-independent suspension, with four links and a lateral rod with coil springs.
Toyota brings out Innova in petrol and diesel guise. The company now produces only BS1V compatible petrol Innova. However, production of BSIV and BSIII versions of Innova diesel is still on. The petrol version of Toyota Innova comes with a 1998cc, 16-Valve DOHC WTi petrol engine that produces 132PS max power at 5600rpm and 181NM torque at 4000rpm while The diesel versions of Toyota Innova comes with a 2494cc, 16-Valve DOHC diesel engine that produces 102 bhp of power at 3600 rpm and 200 Nm torque at 1400-3600rpm. So, get set to drive the next stage of evolution in luxury and comfort.
Toyota Innova exteriors have been upgraded in 2012 and it now looks premium stylish MPV. Most of the changes are done on the outside of Innova. While headlamps are more angular now with protruding turn signal lamps that enhance dignified appearance, bumpers are also restylised. The fog lamps now become oval and beautifully enclosed while the stylish grille becomes upright with three chrome slats and Toyota badging at the centre of the topmost slat. Above the grille is a chrome thick band. The Bonnet has a more prominent V now while the windshield is large sized. Innova has slanted A-pillar and D-pillar. The side profile gets new skirting with curvy design that continues till the rear and alloy wheels and tail lights receives new profile plus a chrome band is nicely placed on the back to add premium-ness to the MPV. The flowing pattern of wheel flare shows dynamism attached with Innova. The ORVMs get turn indicators so add practicality. The tinted windows are wide enough with a quarter windows for rear seats that cannot be opened. The MPV overall, has cutting-edge aerodynamics with flowing and smooth character lines and semi-concealed wiper. Toyota has tweaked Innova and the new version is higher thus giving good ground clearance to it for bump-free ride. Rest the facelift looks similar to the old version except these few changes.
The overall length of Toyota Innova is 4584 mm, it width is 1760 mm and height is 1760 mm. The total wheel base is 2750 mm. Minimum ground clearance is raised considerably and now stands at 176 mm. Innova is the best-in-class MPV with a turning radius of 5.4 m. The kerb weight of Innova varies from 1575 kg to 1680 kg.
The elegantly designed interiors of Toyota Innova are much more impressive in comparison to any other vehicle in its segment in the Indian market. Innova is both-eight and seven-seater, as per requirement. Bearing stylish interiors, Toyota Innova is packed with multiple luxurious features. Plastics used in the esteemed MPV are done in beige shade. The single tone dashboard with advanced graphic instrument panel and dark faux wood trim lying below it, the leather covered steering wheel and gear knob and other leather upholstery looks amazingly beautiful and complements the stance of this MPV. Some other features that make 2012 Toyota Innova interiors appealing are Ergonomically designed Instrument Panel, High Quality dual tone seat covers, Wooden Finished Panels, Multi Information Display, Optitron Combimeter with Illumination Control, Tachometer, Tripmeter, Front Map Lamp (With Overhead Storage Console), Glove Box, etc. A 6 inch touchscreen for audio, DVD and Bluetooth telephony functions is on-board now. The fresh 4 spoke steering wheel also gets audio controls. A reverse camera will take the practicality quotient to another height in 2012 Innova.
Innova is the most spacious MPV in its segment. Numerous factors speak for its comfort. Key among them is Multi-Information Display that keeps one posted about fuel, speed and other relevant details. The soft leather wrapped and 4 spoke steering wheel looks deluxe and given all the controls in silver accents to operate this Display. Even the gear shift knob is leather wrapped and easy to hold. The Optitron Combimeter with illuminator control makes for enhanced visibility and luxe feel. The utility vehicle is actually very useful for long drives because of its large size boot space for keeping large amount of luggage. The last seat can be folded to increase this space for even more luggage. Power steering, power windows with driver side auto down function and power door locks-quite common in a four wheeler today also do their duty in providing convenience to passengers. Generally, a strong AC in front is not able to cool the car fully and rear passengers end up complaining about the heat. However, Toyota India has negated this option and stuffed Dual AC with rear AC switch and ceiling vents for second and third row passengers. USB and AUX-in port renders comfort to passengers as they can have a variety of ways to listen music. A 12V power outlet helps you charge electronic gadget. Innova has four eyes unlike two in humans as it can look at back with its reverse cameras. All seats are very comfortable in cabin and can slide easily. The 3rd row seat can recline by 14 degree.
The petrol variants of Toyota Innova which are powered by the 2.0L, 1998cc, 1TR-FE, 4-Inline Cylinder petrol engine with EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) produce maximum power of 132PS at 5600rpm with maximum torque of 181Nm at 4000rpm. This engine delivers higher performance with great acceleration which facilitates Toyota Innova to cross the 100kmph mark in just 12.8 seconds and touches the top speed mark of 179kmph.
On the other hand, the diesel variants of Toyota Innova are equipped with higher capacity engine. However, in terms of power and acceleration they deliver lesser engine performance in comparison to petrol variants of Toyota Innova. These diesel variants are packed with the 2.5L, 2494cc, 2KD-FTV, Diesel with Turbocharger, 4 Inline Cylinder and with Common-Rail Direct Injection fuel supply system. Diesel engine makes Toyota Innova able to cross 100 kmph mark in just 17.4 seconds to touch the top speed mark of 149kmph.
As we mentioned earlier, Toyota Innova is available with two different capacity engines that offer different levels of power and performance – first one runs on petrol and other one runs on diesel. The three variants of Toyota Innova are available with petrol engine option and are equipped with 2.0L, 1998cc, 1TR-FE, 4-Inline Cylinder petrol engine with EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection). This engine can produce 132PS of maximum power at 5600rpm with 181Nm of maximum torque at 4000rpm and delivers high engine performance so that the car never vibrates even at high speed of 120kmph.
Second one is the diesel engine which is well known for delivering high engine performance with better fuel efficiency and low running cost. All diesel variants of Toyota Innova are equipped with high capacity engine – 2.5L, 2494cc, 2KD-FTV, diesel engine with Turbocharger, 4-Inline Cylinder and with Common-Rail Direct Injection fuel supply system. This diesel engine produces 102PS of maximum power at 3600rpm and 200Nm of maximum torque at 1400-3400rpm and delivers good engine performance with lower NVH (Noise Vibration and Harshness).
Toyota Innova is available with both petrol and diesel engine option. The variants of Toyota Innova which come with a petrol engine option is powered by 2.0L, 1998cc, 1TR-FE, 4 Inline Cylinder petrol engine with EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) that offers high engine performance. The EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) technology makes Toyota Innova highly fuel efficient and offers a mileage of 8.3kmpl in city and 12.5kmpl on the highway.
The diesel variants of Toyota Innova are powered by 2.5L, 2494cc, 2KD-FTV, Diesel With Intercooler Turbocharger, 4 Inline Cylinder and with Common-Rail Direct Injection fuel supply system. This engine, too, delivers high engine performance with excellent fuel efficiency. The mileage of the diesel variants of Toyota Innova at urban roads is 10.2kmpl while on highway it gives 13.5kmpl mileage. Toyota Innova diesel with BSIII emission norms is also available in the market. Their engines are almost same as BSIV but tuned slightly different and hence mileage is also low.
As we have already mentioned earlier that Toyota Innova is available with both petrol and diesel engine option that offer different levels of power and performance. Toyota Innova is available with twelve variants out of which its three variants are equipped with the petrol engine. These petrol models of Toyota Innova are powered by the 2.0L, 1998cc, 1TR-FE, Gasoline, 4 Inline Cylinder petrol engine with EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection). This engine delivers high engine performance and produces 132 PS of maximum power at 5600rpm with 181 Nm of maximum torque at 4000rpm.
The remaining nine variants of Toyota Innova are equipped with 2.5L, 2494cc, 2KD-FTV, Diesel With Turbocharger, 4 Inline Cylinder and with Common-Rail Direct Injection fuel supply system. This engine delivers higher engine performance with excellent acceleration and lower level of NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness). This diesel engine produces 102 PS of maximum power at 3600rpm and 200 Nm of maximum torque at 1400~3400rpm.
Toyota Innova is packed with a high end music system (2 DIN AM/FM CD Player with MP3) with six integrated speakers that offers best in its class entertainment during journey.
Toyota Innova comes with a powerful climate control dual air conditioning system with HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and AC) with unique AC vents at second and third row, that offer a convenient temperature that driver and passengers required. Other accessories those are available with Toyota Innova include Leather Seat Covers, Fabric Seat Covers, Four different body graphics – Grasslands, Small, Large, Sunrise. Wooden Panels, Sports Metal Pedals, Rear Reading Lamp, Premium Audio System, Executive Audio System, Alloy Wheels (City), Alloy Wheels (Rugged), Side Visor, side Moulding without Chrome, Mud Flaps, Mud Flaps (Moulded), Car Cover (Silver), Car Cover (Tyvek), Fender Pole, etc.
The front wheels of Toyota Innova are packed with large Ventilated Disc Brakes while its rear wheels are packed with Leading-Trailing Drum Brakes that de-accelerate this MUV very quickly. The other advanced features that make handling of Toyota Innova more convenient are ABS (Antilock Brake System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution) that ensures that vehicle will never skid in case of hard braking at a wet or slippery road. The front suspension of Toyota Innova is Double Wishbone with Stabilizer Type while the rear suspension of this MUV is Coil Spring type with Four Link. This advanced suspension system reduces jerks at rough road and makes handing of Toyota Innova more convenient.
Toyota Innova is packed with a lot of advanced safety features that ensure a safe journey with this car. The safety features that are available with Toyota Innova are Dual Front SRS Airbags, ABS (antilock Brake System), Collapsible Steering Wheel Column, Front Disc Brakes, Anti Submarine Seats, GOA (Global Outstanding Assessment) Body, LSPV (Load Sensing Proportion Valve), High Rigidity Frame, Side Door Impact Beams, Immobilizer with Theft Deterrent System, Child Locks, central Locking, etc.
As for the wheels, Toyota Innova is available with both steel and alloy wheels. The 16 inch, 6.5J Alloy Wheels of Toyota Innova add to the stylish exterior of the car. Toyota Innova is packed with puncture resistant 205/65 R15 radial tube less tyres that offer great off-roading capability with this vehicle.