Toyota Innova is a compact MPV (multipurpose vehicle) designed by Toyota. Hailing from world’s top most car manufacturer, Innova is the perfect multipurpose vehicle that plies on Indian roads. Toyota is Japanese multinational automaker which was the third largest automobile manufacturer in 2011 and was just behind General motors and Volkswagen group. Toyota Innova was produced in Indonesia under the supervision of Toyota Astra Motor in 2003. Toyota Innova was a part of Toyota’s IMV project which included Hilux Vigo (pick-up truck) and its Fortuner SUV.Though it is known as Toyota Innova but its official name in Indonesia is Toyota Kijang Innova, but for other countries it remained Innova. Ever since its launch, the car has always been a major topic of discussion amongst everyone.
Toyota in collaboration with Kirloskar group launched the first Innova in India in 2005. Toyota Innova was launched both in petrol and diesel in 4 different variants. The different variants of innova are G, GX, VX and EV, both in petrol and diesel while EV only comes in Diesel.
Toyota innova is one of the most well known MPV in Indian market; it belongs to the breed of car which is very rarely seen in auto industry. Toyota innova has combined features like space and ruggedness with luxury, comfort and better handling that is normally found in higher segment cars or handling like sedan. A car in this segment is normally used as taxis, but Toyota has showed Indian manufacturers that a car in this segment with quality work can become more than a taxi. It can be an owner’s pride who owns for its innovative features, comfort, safety and handling. It has replaced the all famous Toyota Quails which was a very popular in this segment. It would not be wrong to say that, it has given tough competition to its competitors.
Toyota innova was first launched in India in 2005 and it comes in both 8 Seater and 7 Seater MPV (multipurpose vehicle). In 2012 Delhi Auto Expo faces lifted version of Toyota Innova and it was launched with a lot of changes to its exterior and interiors. Most of the changes were done on the outside of Innova like the headlamps became more angular and the bumpers were also restyled. In 8 Seater, the fog lamps became oval and in 7 Seater Rhombus shaped enclosed beautifully and the grilles became upright with three chrome slats and Toyota badge at the centre of the topmost slat. It’s a more prominent V shape on the bonnet now. Side profile got a new skirting alloy wheels and tail light has a new profile now plus a chrome band is nicely placed on the back to give it premium look.
Toyota Innova’s contemporary design emphasizes the fact it is designed to cater the world market; it offers excellent handling and drive quality with elegant interiors and features and well maintained cabin space. Toyota innova is designed in a very unique style with an excellent shape .Its wheel arches are flared and it has very good ground clearance to avoid any number of speed bumpers that it can encounter while on a journey .It is equipped with double wish bones with coil springs on the front suspension. The rear suspension on the other hand uses a non–independent suspension, with four links and a lateral rod with coil springs.
Toyota Innova is available in 12 different trims with options in both diesel and petrol, as already mentioned, that offers different levels of power and performance. Among the 12 trims, 3 of them are equipped with petrol engine. The petrol engines are powered by 2.0L,1998cc ,1TR FE ,Gasoline,4 inline Cylinder petrol engine with EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) this engine produces 132 PS of Maximum power at 5600rpm with 181nm of maximum torque at 4000 rpm witch delivers a very high engine performance.
Apart from these three trims of Toyota innova are equipped with 2.5L 2494 cc, 2KD- FTV, Diesel with turbo charger, 4 Inline cylinders and with common-rail direct injection fuel supply system. This engine has a very low level of NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) and deliver’s a very high engine performance with excellent acceleration. Toyota Innova’s diesel engine produces 102 PS of maximum power at 3600 rpm and 200Nm of maximum torque 1400-3400rpm.Toyota innova can provide a mileage of about 12.8kmpl.
Toyota Innova has a lot of features to take note of; their several safety controls that has been added to Toyota Innova. It comes with 6 inch touchscreen panel for audio, Bluetooth and DVD compatibility, multi information display,tachometer,optritron combimeter, steering mounted controls, reverse camera , adjustable steering etc. The car also has power windows, centralised door lock, dual zone air conditioning, with remote controlled rear AC system, 12 power outlets in the front Aux support for audio etc.
Toyota innova also comes with a lot of safety features like dual front SRS air bags, side door impact beams, 3points seatbelt for every row, child protector locks ,Anti-lock breaking system() etc. Toyota innova also comes with ABS witch make a lot of difference while trying to stop at high speeds .It also has load sensing proportional vale(LSPV) which provides a good breaking system with ABS.
Toyota Innova with its bold design attracts everybody. It has perfect amalgation of style and substance. Innova also has a very stylish body graphics. The front grille gives a prestigious look to it.With new wrap around headlamps, foglamps, designed alloy wheels and bumpers create perfect blend. It gets a sporty look with its three dimensional fog lamps and new rocker moulding.
The interior of the car is extremely beautiful. It has been designed while keeping in mind that the MUV would be used in long distance. It’s been designed in such a way that even long distance travel will comfortable an easy. Toyota has given utmost importance to make seating comfortable .A single tone dashboard and the plastic used in the car is beige in colour. The interiors are very luxurious and appealing with leather covered steering wheel, dual tone seat cover, glove box sunvisor, trip meter, door warning and wood like finish. It also has Bluetooth, touch screen DVD display, Bluetooth control switches. The interiors are very spacious and tall even the tallest driver won’t find it difficult to sit and drive.
Toyota Innova comes in 7 different colours to match its roughness and its personality. The colours available are as follows Light blue metallic, white, dark red mica metallic, champagne mica metallic, and grey mica metallic, and super white, silver mica metallic. These are the colours for you to choose from and you should consider the colour which suits you and your personality the best. Because when you drive a car you and your car should match and complementeach other’s personality.Toyota innova was initially launched at price of 6.82 lakhs. With recent facelifts of innova and with new and improved features Toyota innova is priced from 9, 71,000-14, 64,000lakhs. Depending upon the model and features you select as Toyota offers innova in 12 different trims. Toyota innova is worth every penny of it. It has trust and reliability of Toyota with all the advanced features and looks you will never regret a buy like this. This car is not only fun to drive but it’s also an option for those who have big family. And it would be the best option for them and their family to commute.
Toyota Innova has bagged lots of awards. Few among those awards are:-
- NDTV car and bike award 2011.
- The subros car and bike India awards 2011
- The auto India award-for the best brand award 2011.
- The overdrive CNBC TV 18 Awards 2011 for the car of the year.
- The Bloomberg UTV Auto car award 2011.
- The ET Zigwheels award 2010.
- Toyota won the Auto Build2010 – The green steering wheel 2010.
It was something to have won so many awards by one car Manufacturer Company. There has always been a hike in the demand of Innova and its one of the best cars today. Since its launch to the present day, Toyota Innova is still preferred by many over other car brands. The reason is simple, Toyota believes in providing the best to the public and it’s proven.
Toyota motors gave true farewell to its champion Toyota quails with a gift of Toyota innova to us. It’s one of the best MUV that you can find plying on Indian roads. With its energising looks and sheer power that it unleashes on the road it has become the favourite MUV for Indians. And truly it deserves to be winner of its class. More interestingly, it has always lived up to everyone`s expectations and their new version is always worth spending money on. The name and fame Toyota has earned today is totally worth and it continues to win hearts of car lovers. Let`s see what are they planning and what they have in store for their lovers.