The fact that the Toyota Innova has been hugely successful has been of no surprise since it combines comfort with Toyota reliability like nothing else. Despite presence of comptition the Innova still protected its turf but with new competition coming up we feel the Innova should have an automatic transmission. Tata will be launching the Aria with an automatic gearbox soon and the Mahindra XUV500 will also get an automatic gearbox.
Having launched a facelifted version some time back and targetting as a more premium vehicle the Innova atleast on the top-end variant should have an automatic gearbox as demand for autoboxes are going up. The Innova has a 4-speed autobox with ECT in markets like Malaysia and in India it can also get the 5-speed AT gearbox from the Fortuner.
The inclusion of the automatic will only boost the sales of this MPV and since competition is about to get fierce in this segment and with popularity of automatics rising its about time the Innova gets an automatic gearbox.