Auto Expo 2016: New Toyota Innova to be showcased

Auto Expo 2016: New Toyota Innova to be showcased

Toyota will showcase the new 2016 Innova in India for the first time at the upcoming Auto Expo 2016 in Delhi. Arguably, the new Innova is one of the most anticipated new car launches in 2016. The new Toyota Innova is 4,735mm long, 1,830mm wide and 1,795mm high, i.e. 180mm longer, 60mm wider and 45mm taller than the current model. The wheelbase remains the same at 2,750mm.

The new Innova’s styling is vastly different from that of the model it replaces. Up front, the nose takes styling cues from Toyota’s more recent models like the Corolla Altis and Camry. The big hexagonal grille – with two large chrome slats on top that flow into the headlamps – is wider and taller and extends all the way to the base of the front bumper.

A look at the sides and there’s no escaping the van-like shape, but there are a lot of signs that indicate Toyota’s effort to liven things up. There’s the restyled glass area, which kinks upwards sharply after the rear doors. Also, there is a prominent character line that runs from the rear and merges with the front wheel arch.

The new Innova will come with dual-tone interiors and a good amount of faux aluminium trim as well, with woodgrain on some variants. Leather upholstery will be available on higher trims that will come with captain’s chairs as well. There will be dual-zone climate control on offer too. Toyota will up the premium quotient on the 2016 Innova by adding LED mood lighting, a cooled glove box and all power windows with auto up and down feature. Infotainment features include a 7.0-inch touchscreen system across all variants. However, features such as navigation system, voice command recognition, Bluetooth telephony and SD card support will depend on the variant.

As revealed earlier, the new Innova loses the current 102bhp 2.5-litre diesel KD series engine for the all-new 2.4¬-litre GD series diesel engine. This new motor churns out 147bhp – a 45bhp increase from the outgoing model’s engine. Two gearboxes will be on offer on the new Innova – a five-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. The 2.4-litre diesel’s torque figure for the six-speed automatic model is 36.7kgm, while the manual gearbox-equipped variant delivers 34.9kgm.

The all-new Innova will surely benefit from the reliability and popularity of its predecessor. With an all-new diesel engine and the diesel-automatic combo, and the long feature list, it has all the makings of another segment leader.

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