Toyota Innova is one of the most popular MUV (Multi Utility Vehicle) in the Indian market which made its debut in March, 2005. The Innova combines superior performance, versatile space and ruggedness coupled with comfort, handling and world class safety seen in high segment cars. Its contemporary design emphasizes that it has been built to cater to the world market and offers great features coupled with the generous space for passengers and luggage. After three years, Toyota introduced the new Innova with few interior and exterior modifications. The Innova is the fifth generation of the Toyota Kijang (international name).
The styling of the Toyota Innova seems modern and well executed when compared to its peers. However you can’t miss the fact, that the design cues are heavily derived from the Previa and the Corolla Verso. The Innova is aggressively styled in the front with its large three dimensional front grille with the Toyota badge placed on the central wedge, wing- shaped lights and fogs along the chin spoiler and the shapely bumper with its pronounced air intake. Maximizing passenger space is the short bonnet and raked windscreen which accentuates the cab- forward design of the Innova. Toyota Innova is available in both steel and alloy wheels. The other exterior features include the stylish side steps, rear wiper, Distinct Rear Combination Lamp, Multi – Reflector Headlamps, side protection molding, Grip type Body colored Door Handles, etc.
The interiors of the Innova are elegantly designed, packed with dual tone beige dashboard with ergonomically placed advanced instrument panels with wooden furnish, leather covered steering wheel and gear knobs and other leather upholstery. The Innova is blessed with masses of space with enough leg room, shoulder room and head room and fits in five passengers in comfort and seven to eight individuals with a squeeze. The boot capacity is 620 litres. The state of the art safety features of the Toyota Innova includes Global Outstanding Assessment (GOA) body, Dual Front SRS Airbags, large disc brakes, Collapsible Steering Wheel Column, Anti Submarine Seat, LSPV (Load Sensing Proportion Valve), Side Door Impact Beams, Immobilizer with Theft Deterrent System, etc.
Driving Abilities & Comfort
The Innova stands on a non- independent suspension with four links and a lateral rod with coil springs at the rear. In the front, the Innova is supported with a rigid tubular section chassis which uses double wishbones with coil springs. This advanced suspension system provides smooth handling and nullifies slightest hints of jerks on bumpy roads, making your drive even more convenient. The transmission is well designed and uses power quite well. The gearshift is surprisingly shorter and is positioned very comfortably. The Toyota Innova cruises at speeds of 120km/hr with complete composure and with the torquey engine, you do not need to shift gears too often during city driving.
The 16 inch, 6.5J Alloy Wheels add to the character of the Toyota Innova which is equipped with puncture resistant 205/65 R15 radial tube less tyres which are great for those off- roading adventures. The front wheels of Toyota Innova are fitted with the large Ventilated Disc Brakes and the rear wheels are housed with Leading- Trailing Drum Brakes, which helps in de- acceleration of the MUV. There’s also the ABS (Antilock Brake System) with EBD (Electronic Brake- Force Distribution) which avoids the incident of vehicle skidding due to slippery or wet road.
The Toyota Innova comes in three variants in the petrol engine option which is housed with a 2.0 litre, 1998cc, 1 TR- FE, 4 in- line cylinder petrol engine with EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection.) The mileage offered in the city is 8.3 km/litre and 12.5 km/litre on the highway and the 0 to 100 km/hr mark is achieved in about 13 seconds.
There are nine variants to the diesel option of Toyota Innova which is housed with a 2.5 litre, 2494cc, 2KD- FTV, 4 in- line cylinder with a Common- Rail Direct Injection fuel supply system. The engine delivers mileage of 13 km/litre on the highway and 10 km/litre in the city and crosses the 100km/hr mark in about 17 seconds. There is also the CNG variant of the Innova which comes with a company fitted CNG kit upon paying an extra amount.
Toyota Innova competes with Tata Sumo Grande, the newly launched Tata Aria, Chevrolet Tavera, the Mahindra Xylo and the Mahindra Bolero. The Toyota Innova is priced in the range of Rs. 8 to 11.5 lakh and can be bought in a multitude of variants to suit your pocket.