Toyota All New Innova Review

By   |  October 21, 2013

Overview

After thrilling consumers for a period of eight years the Innova now comes upgraded to look more contemporary and grand. The Japanese car maker has genuinely worked on aesthetics and equipment for the new MPV to offer a better output and enhance its trusted consumer base in India. Toyota has managed to sell more than 4.5 lakh units of the Innova in India till date. With the new looks the brand is trying to rope in different category of consumers who look for richness and exceptional comfort characteristics to be tailored into their automobile. The leader of the MPV arena will now be battling with XUV500, Ertiga, Duster and other models which are putting tough competition. While taking on these products Toyota has made sure to retain the basic strength of the Innova which has been its diesel powertrain.

The new facelift Innova comes with a 2.5L diesel engines that powered the previous version. Apart from the basic 13 variants of the MPV the new Innova has a high-end Z Variant which features many equipment and styling upgrades and costs the most in its category.


Powertrain & Performance

The new Innova is as good as the previous version when it comes to performance. It is available with a diesel powered engine option. The 2494 cc 16 valve DOHC Diesel engine gives out 100.6 bhp @ 3600 rpm and a maximum torque of 200 Nm @ 1400-3400 rpm. This engine from Toyota is recognised for its reliability around the country. The MPV loaded with this engine is a favourite automobile in travel industry because it is perfectly suits long journeys.

The new Innova rides and handles just like the old one  and offers a superb ride with isolating its occupants.


Build & Styling

The refreshed new Innova has remarkable changes in its exterior especially its front fascia which has been remodeled with thick and bold chrome grille, stylish frames for fog lamps and newly designed headlamps. Over the sides of the body the MPV carries strips and decals to make the Innova look premium. On the rear there are chrome accents and unique reflectors over tail gate which give a redefining stance for the MPV. All these changes position the Innova in a different category which stands between MPV and SUV purely through looks. Apart from these additions there are chrome muffler cutters and rear roof spoiler which boost the styling quotient of the new Innova.

On the inside the Japanese car maker has carefully incorporated changes through use of different trimming materials and new equipment to gladden the drive. The beige coloured fabric upholstery with perfectly shaped seats derives more comfort to passengers especially during long drives. Wood finishing is provided for gear knob and for door panels which beautifies the cabin while the new LCD for the audio system stands grand in the refurbished cabin. An automatic climate control AC comes fitted in the high-end versions of the new Innova to flawlessly meld joy of driving with king-size comfort.

Safety for the MPV becomes a priority because these automobiles are used highly as people movers. SRS airbags and ABS are offered in the Innova across all variants to ensure better safety and control. GOA body design reassures safety during a crash while there is an immobiliser to keep the Innova secure.


Verdict

The Innova has been a big hit ever since it was launched a fair few years ago and its newest avatar has seen the old workhorse get some welcome changes. Toyota, instead of going overboard with design changes, has continued their no-nonsense style theme and it suits the new car very well. The 2.5 litre diesel engine powering the Innova has been a beacon of Japanese reliability and the car is available in several variants so, no matter what the customer’s requirement is, Toyota will not be caught clueless. All of this has made one of the strongest contenders in the Indian MPV market, even stronger.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Space, More luxurious Interior, Reliable
  • Cons

    • New exterior modifications may not attract everyone