We have already told you that Toyota, the Japanese automaker, would introduce the next-generation of Fortuner SUV and Innova MPV in India in 2016. The Fortuner had its world premiere earlier this year, while the hugely popular and keenly-awaited new-generation Innova MPV would have its global debut on November 23, 2015. It is learnt through sources that both the new Fortuner and new Innova would make their Indian debut at the 2016 Auto Expo in February.
It wasn't long ago when a series of spy-shots, showing the new MPV in its final production guise, hit the web. As far as exterior styling is concerned, the next-generation Toyota Innova is leaps and bounds ahead of the current model. The designing is inspired by several other new-generation Toyota cars such as new Altis and Camry. Even, the new Innova's styling provides a bit of shade of the Highlander crossover, which is sold globally. However, the side profile of the MPV is still the same, save for a few subtle tweaks. Going by the numerous spy-shots, one thing can be said for sure that the MPV has grown-up in size, and is bigger and larger than the ongoing model, which clearly indicates more interior space, owing to the extended wheelbase.
Just so you know, the new Toyota Innova, similar to the current model, would be based on Toyota’s Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicle (IMV) platform. The new model would also be using the ladder-frame chassis. It is believed that the Japanese automaker is working hard to improve the third row space and overall plastic quality. Mechanically, the Innova would come loaded with the company's recently unveiled 2.4L, 4-cylinder GD diesel engine. Being codenamed as 2GD-FTV, it would develop a maximum power of 148bhp and peak torque of 400Nm. For those asking, there is also a bigger and more powerful derivative of this engine - the 2.8L powertrain - which does duties to the new-gen Fortuner. Being codenamed as 1GD-FTV, it belts out 175bhp and 450Nm. Toyota Innova rivals the likes of Honda Mobilio, Maruti Ertiga, Renault Lodgy and Mahindra Xylo.