One of the biggest launches for next year will be the all-new 2016 Toyota Innova. The upcoming 7-seat MPV has been leaked through a sole, blurry image. The next generation models of the Innova, Hilux and Fortuner will be based on a new platform called Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), analogous to the highly versatile MQB platform from Volkswagen, which allows increased flexibility in platform sharing across the brand’s range.
The exteriors will also undergo a complete redesign, with every panel being all-new. Dual slats on the imposing grille that stretch themselves into the long headlamps form the highlight of the front fascia, while the sides will have a weak shoulder line, and mildly flared wheel arches. Overhang at the rear will be longer than the current model, which should hopefully translate into a roomier third row. The rear quarter glass area post the C-pillar has been extended and the thick D-pillar cuts it diagonally. Double layered tail-lamps, an integrated rear spoiler and a deep opening tail gate should round things up.
New 2.0-liter diesel engine
The current Innova comes in two engine avatars; a 2.0-litre petrol and a more popular 2.5-litre diesel motors. The latter has been the staple of this MPV ever since its launch, eons ago. The current oil-burner produces 101 bhp and 200 Nm of torque, all being channeled through a 5-speed manual tranny powering the rear wheels. However, for the next generation model, it is finally set to be equipped with a brand-new 2.0-litre unit. This engine is set to produce more power and torque than the existing motor, and we presume it will also be cleaner and quieter. The 2-litre diesel motor is to chug out 120 horses and 310 Nm of twisting force to the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual gearbox. To make matters even sweeter, the next-gen car has gone through weight-reduction program and that means a mass shedding of around 80 kilogrammes. The resultant outcome of more power and lesser weight is going to be obvious, better performance and even more importantly, for the Indian customer, improved fuel-economy.
Next-gen Toyota Innova could be more expensive, current model to be sold alongside as Innova
According to a report, the next-gen Toyota Innova will be priced much higher than the current model on sale in India, and replacing the current Innova will be an Innova Cross, which will be more or less the current car, with embellishments that will make it look like an MUV on stilts. With lesser features than the outgoing car, the Innova Cross will be powered by the existing 2.5-liter oil-burner, mated to a 5-speed manual box. It will be priced to compete against the Honda Mobilio, Maruti Ertiga, Renault Lodgy and other upcoming products. If the report is to be believed, Toyota has even registered the Innova Cross name.
Leaked image courtesy Fly Wheel