In a country like India, you expect a carmaker like Toyota to be known for its small cars or entry-level sedans ? but unfortunately this Japanese carmaker got those form factors to our market. The big-T had a completely different strategy for India and it made its mark in our market by providing the most trusted people-carriers ever seen in this space ?the Innova. The latter has had such a stronghold in the market that any new player would have to think ten times before developing a product to compete with this workhorse. Now, Toyota has given the Innova a cosmetic makeover though ? since new, better equipped vehicles like the Tata Aria and/or better value-for-money products like the Mahindra Xylo facelift, Nissan Evalia/Ashok Leyland Stile, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga etc. are warming their palms to grab the Innova?s market share. Let?s see how things have shaped up Well, speaking of the shape, the Innova is still the same people-carrier van that you have seen for over six years now. However, with the facelift, Toyota has tried to give the Innova a more car-like fascia. So what you get is a new front end that looks much similar to the new Camry and Corolla Altis. The headlights aren?t diagonal, wedge-shaped units anymore ? instead they are horizontal and upright and wrap around the corners of the front end. The grille too is more upright now to gel with the re-profiled headlights. The bumpers have been redesigned too and get new fog lamp housings. Toyota has given the bonnet two prominent creases that flow into the grille ? again aiding the car-like design on the front end.
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