Another MotorOctane Exclusive! The next-generation Toyota Innova has already begun testing in India and South-East Asian countries. Our sources have confirmed report that the next-generation of Toyota Innova will be lighter by about 70 to 80 kilograms. This will make the new MPV a lot lighter, and this will help to improve the performance and even the fuel efficiency of the Toyota Innova, which hasn’t be an advantage for the current-generation of the Toyota Innova.
With the reduction of weight, Toyota will also be downsizing its engine. Currently, the Japanese auto giant is selling the Innova with a 2.5-litre diesel engine that produces 101bhp, this will be downsized with a 2.4-litre diesel engine that will produce 120bhp of power and about 310Nm of peak torque. This engine will come mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Toyota might introduce this engine on the Corolla Altis or the Camry as well. At the moment, Camry doesn’t have a diesel engine and globally, Toyota powers the Camry with a 2.4-litre (2C-T) diesel engine. Toyota has been testing the 2.0-litre engine on the Innova for a while, we do not have any confirmed reports of the current 2.5-litre.
We have unconfirmed news that Toyota will be looking at getting an automatic. At the moment, the confirmed news is that the Innova will come with a 2.4-litre engine and even the Fortuner will be lighter to have a 2.0-litre engine, while the second more powerful engine. We aren’t sure of. Fuel efficiency has been lower for both the SUV and MUV when compared to competition, and that will be one key focus area for the company. The Toyota Innova will be launched in 2016 and so will be the Fortuner at the end of 2016. The new Innova will be priced at somewhat Rs 12-16 lakhs (on-road) and the new Fortuner should be between Rs 25-29 lakhs (on-road).