Toyota Innova 2016 facelift revealed: Is it worth waiting for?

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 17, 2015 17:41 IST
The new facia of Toyota Innova looks more aggressive (Toyota)

The 2016 upgrade of Toyota Innova, one of India’s largest selling MPVs, was unveiled recently and to a surprise, it’s beyond regular dimensional alterations.

At first glance, the 2016 Toyota Innova gets a more-than-just a facelift with design cues derived from the cousins - the Camry and the Fortuner. The front hexagonal grille gives it a more aggressive look, but does remind us of Ford EcoSport’s facia.

On the rear, the vertical triangular tail-lamps have been replaced by the inverted L-shaped lamps dashed on the boot-lid, making us think again of another competitor Honda Mobilio, with the similar design.

The silhouette line also looks slightly different (and a bit closer to Ertiga) as the roofline is lowered towards the rear end. The new projector head-lights with LED daytime running lamps, fog lamps and a new bumper do give the car the much-needed refresh, as Toyota’s previous facelifts were minor, with some chrome add-ons the front and the rear, to keep the sales ticking.

The new rear design is much different, but reminds us of the Honda Mobilio (Toyota)

The new 2016 Innova is based on Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) which the company claims to be a lighter yet stiffer platform. The new shell will house a 2.4-litre diesel engine to churn out 147bhp, 360Nm, with 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission options. A 2.0 litre petrol mill is also slated for overseas markets.

The mid row will feature the captain seats and the dash is expected to be up to date with latest infotainment gadgetry, including auto-AC and Toyota Move for smartphone connectivity and integration.

Originally revealed as the Innova Kijang for the Indonesian market, the worldwide launch of the car is expected to be held on November 23 while its India roll-out is likely to be at the Delhi Auto Expo in February.

Till then, you can still prefer buying the current edition, which was last refreshed in 2013 and continues to sell 5,200 units a month despite tough fight from the recently facelifted Ertiga.

Here’s the commercial that describes the 2016 Toyota Innova as ‘The Legend Reborn’:

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