Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Toyota Innova was launched in India in March 2005
TOYOTA INNOVA REVIEW
Manufactured by Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Toyota Innova was launched in India in March 2005. In the process Toyota Innova replaced the ageing Toyota Qualis. Toyota Innova is essentially a MUV but it also carries with it the elegance of a sedan. Toyota Innova comes in both petrol and diesel engine. The petrol engine has Toyota VVT-I, while diesel engine has D4D.
On the top-line models, the tasteful two-tone dash has a matt finish on top, wooden inserts on the sides of the central console and switches and knobs of fairly high quality. The light colours do look good. An electronically adjustable air-con is absent. The space is what one immediately notices and it’s a lot of it. To add to this legroom, seat height and the seats themselves are top-class. Even the tallest drivers can get comfortable behind the wheel. The seats offer good support and are well padded and bolstered. The cubby holes and bottle holders are placed keeping in mind convenience of the people sitting inside. the The Innova also has the most useable and comfortable rear seats in the class, and the split seat reclines individually. The legroom offers comfort even on long rides.
With a 1.5-tonne kerb weight to haul, the Innova needs less power than heavier competition like the Scorpio and Tavera, and the 102bhp and 20.39kgm of twist from the 2.5-litre common rail turbo-diesel cope well. The relatively short gear ratios are perfectly matched to the engine's power and torque characteristics, and complement the superb driveability. As a result, ambling in city traffic is a breeze and you never feel a lack of power or the need to downshift. At highway speeds, the Innova cruises comfortably but the shorter gearing does have its drawbacks. Up the pace to 120kph, and there is a distinct drone which does get intrusive. The long-throw gearbox is UV-derived but it’s light, direct and better than on many cars. The short gearing and driveability mean you're always in a high gear, which help it edge its rivals in the city, with 10.3kpl.
Handling & Safety
It's only on really rough roads that the Innova’s soft front suspension pitches a bit. Ground clearance is sufficient for most roads but the Innova hasn't the ride height for serious off-roading, the 2WD configuration being another limiting factor. The Innova comes with ABS and they do make a difference for halting when at high speeds.
The high ground clearance of Toyota Innova ensures excellent drivability on rough and bumpy roads. Innova offers you unparalleled road comfort and durability, because it comes equipped with a newly designed rear 4-link suspension. The front suspension is a coil-spring double wishbone, which enhances the riding comfort. Advanced technology used in the engineering of Toyota Innova ensures good performance and mileage.
Toyota Innova is packed with a range of advanced safety features. The car comes equipped with Load Sensing Proportion Valve (LSPV), which provides good braking performance. Other safety features of the MUV include Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), dual front SRS airbags, side door impact beams, 3-point seatbelts for every row, child protector locks, etc. The vehicle is also equipped with Theft Deterrent System.
Toyota Innova is available in both petrol and diesel models. Its variants include E, G, V and VM. The MUV was priced at Rs 6.82 lakhs when it was launched. It is available in spectacular colors like White, Super White II, Silver Metallic, Beige Mica Metallic, Black Mica, Dark Red Mica Metallic, Light Green Mica Metallic and Champagne Mica Metallic. After the success of the Toyota Qualis, the Innova has sustained the success of Toyota Kirloskar Motors in India. The car is not only fun to drive but an apt option for large/joint families.
TOYOTA INNOVA COLOURS
Toyota Innova is sold in the following colours in India.
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