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        Toyota Innova Refreshed

        Aditya Chatterjee

        Aditya Chatterjee

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        Toyota Innova Refreshed

        The number of Innovas one sights on highways is an indication of Toyota’s MUV market share in the country. Attempting to replace the once bestselling Qualis with an Innova was gutsy but Toyota was successful eventually.

        The company rightly tapped Indian family’s needs of a bigger vehicle and provided a well finished, strong and durable product. This was also supported by their flourishing dealership network. 

        Toyota recently gave the Innova a makeover with a host of exterior and interior upgrades. We find out why the Innova has set a benchmark for other auto manufacturers in our detailed review.

        Appearance Exterior

        The New Year makes Toyota go high on bling. The new version retains its basic look. In addition to the subtle facelift, the Innova got few months back the new version promises to be more expressive about the small features.

        It gets a-wide-open-mouth-with-vengeance radiator grille. The grille is dipped in chrome and looks very bold. It does not attract instantly but eventually grows over you. The new look also gets a stronger bumper design with a distinct fog lamp design. The new headlights run parallel to the radiator grille and wrap around on the edges. The bonnet has got a V – design highlights which runs prominently on the front bonnet.

        The side of the car gets contemporary body graphics. Not that sans them the car did not look complete as I still prefer it without the vinyls. The front and rear doors are large and it helps in easy ingress and egress. The door handles are body colored and the top of the line variant also comes with side skirts.

        The rear tail door gets a dash of chrome across its width. This design looks similar to the one on Nissan Evalia. It also gets a roof attached spoiler, chrome exhaust pipe and a “Z” badge.

        Since all the consumers are happy with the Innova, it does not make sense to give it an all new design instead Toyota chose to update the Innova periodically to maintain the novelty factor.

         

        Appearance Interior

        The manufacturer might have tall claims about the vehicle being high on luxury and features but then if the passengers don’t enjoy being inside the cabin then the interiors is not worth it. Thankfully it is not Toyota because the comfort of the Innova is unparallel.

        Inside the new Innova, nothing has been noticeably changed. The interiors have been retouched with wooden finish to make it look more premium. The instrumental panel has been designed very neatly. It features the essentials such as speedometer, tachometer and engine temperate. The MID (Multi Information Display) gives information about the present gear engaged, distance to empty, outside temperature and the average fuel consumption.

        The new seats are finished in dual tone leather which makes it more desirable. The comfort value remains same. In addition to the panel, even the gear knob and the door trims get wooden finish. Not that it brings in a new character but then it is a mild makeover from the earlier offering.

        The headroom and legroom continue to be the best in class. It has generous legroom and headroom for all 3 rows of passengers. Even when the vehicle is completely loaded, the cabin does not feel crowded. The faux wood finish of the interiors looks good and subtle.

        These new changes make the cabin feel fresh. It is an undoubted leader when it comes to premium MPV cabins. Other manufacturers are trying very hard to close in the gap but then it seems impossible to match Toyota standards.

        Performance Drive

        Mechanically it is the same and retains its 2.5L turbocharged diesel engine. It produces a power of 102PS at 3600 rpm and a torque of 200Nm at 1200 – 3600 rpm. The engine is equipped with a 5 speed manual transmission.

        The diesel unit is very refined and does its job decently. There are other MUVs in this segment but then the performance and durability of the Innova is very difficult to match. Even in the commercial fleet sector, a used Innova commands a premium price and the reason of it is high on performance and low of maintenance engines.

        Even in our last Innova review, there were comments like “I am using an Innova for the last eight years and was looking for a replacement but then have realised that there is no other MPV introduced in the last eight years to match the Innova in comfort and reliability. I am planning to go for another innova” - Vilva Sigamani

        The suspension setup appeared rigid. It is great on uneven road surfaces too because of its higher ground clearance. This one took the streets of Mumbai with good confidence. The transmission remains sticky and can do with some easy movement. One can refer our earlier review for more on Innova’s performance.

        The Innova is rightly the best MUV India has seen and its rock solid performance elaborates it further.

         

        Tech Specs

        Technical Specifications
         Make Toyota
         Model Innova
        Variant ZX
        Engine capacity 2494
        Power in PS/RPM 102/3600
        Torque in Nm/RPM 200/3400
        GearBox 5/M
        Dimesions in MM
        Length 4585
        Width 1760
        Height 1760
        Wheel Base 2560
        Ground clearence 176
        Tyre rating 205/65 R15
        Fuel Tank Capacity 55
        Average Mileage in KMPL 14
        Gross Weight (Kg) 2300
        Turning circle radius 5.4M

        Features

        Features E G GX VX
        Alloy wheels No No No Yes
        Rear Wipers No No Yes Yes
        Rear Defogger No No Yes Yes
        Front Fog Lamps No No No Yes
        Electrical Adjust ORVM No Yes Yes Yes
        Multi Informaton Display No No No Yes
        3 Spoke steering wheel Yes Yes No No
        4 Spoke Steering wheel No No Yes Yes
        Leather steering wheel No No No Yes
        Wood like finish panel No No No Yes
        Driver seat Height Adjust No No Yes Yes
        AC Yes Yes Yes Yes
        AC With Auto control No No No Yes
        Power steering Yes Yes Yes Yes
        Power windows No Yes Yes Yes
        2 DIN Audio with DVD No No No Yes
        Key less entry No Yes Yes Yes
        ABS No No Yes Yes
        Air bags No No Driver Driver +Co driver
        Immobilser No Yes Yes Yes
        Ex Show room Price Mumbai
        7 Seater 10,22,556 10,77,911 12,31,556 14,38,354
        8 Seater 10,18,051 10,82,434 12,36,175 14,42,964

        Competition All Specs

        Specifications
        Toyota
        Innova
        Mahindra
        XUV500
        Tata Motors
        Aria
        Variant ZX W8 FWD Pride
        Cubic capacity 2494 2179 2179
        Power in PS/RPM 102/3600 140/3750 140/ 4000
        Torque in Nm/RPM 200/3400 330/2800 320/2700
        Ground clearance in MM 176 NA 200
        Turning circle radius in M 5.4 5.6 5.6
        Fuel Tank  in Liters 55 70 60
        Seating  7 Seater 8 Seater 8 Seater
        Mileage in KMPL 14 12 12
        Dimesions in MM
        Length 4585 4585 4780
        Width 1760 1890 1895
        Height 1760 1785 1780
        Wheel Base 2560 2700 2850
        Tyre rating 205/65 R15 235/65 R17 235/65 R17
        Key Features
        Alloy wheels Yes Yes Yes
        Rear Wipers Yes Yes Yes
        Rear Defogger Yes Yes Yes
        Front Fog Lamps Yes Yes Yes
        Electrical Adjust ORVM Yes Yes Yes
        Multi Informaton Display Yes Yes Yes
        Leather steering wheel Yes Yes Yes
        Driver seat Height Adjust Yes Yes Yes
        AC With Auto control Yes Yes Yes
        Power steering Yes Yes Yes
        Power windows Yes Yes Yes
        2 DIN Audio with DVD Yes Yes Yes
        Key less entry Yes Yes Yes
        ABS Yes Yes Yes
        Air bags Yes Yes Yes
        Immobilser Yes Yes Yes
        ABS Yes Yes Yes
        Airbags 2 6 6
        Ex showroom price Mumbai 14,91,936 14,55,700 15,64,161

        Conclusion

        So everything about the Innova is appreciated by all. It is the most comfortable, efficient and durable MUV of the country. So that makes the Toyota Innova the most perfect multi utility travel solution? Perhaps but then there is a small condition.

        The condition is you should be ready to cough up a hefty price tag of close to Rs.20 lakhs on on-road price of the fully loaded Z variant which gets all the fancy bits of chrome, vinyls and wooden interior finish.

        To its advantage is the trust factor which the Innova brings with itself. No other MUV can be parallel to it but then all this for a steep price tag is what the consumer has to decide.

         

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