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India bound Toyota Innova facelift launched in Indonesia

August 19, 2013, 05:50 PM IST by Arunprasad Nandakumar
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India bound Toyota Innova facelift launched in Indonesia

Toyota has launched the India bound Innova facelift in Indonesia with a number of new and improved features. The car gets cosmetic additions on the outside as revealed by earlier spy shots, but the launch reveals that the changes on the inside are not kept to a minimum either. The car had earlier been spotted in Indonesia just prior to the launch.

 The facia of the new Innova flaunts a broad chrome plated grille baring the Toyota Logo. The bumper has also been re-chiselled and now features a chrome beading around the fog lamps. The rear upgrades include the addition of a wide chrome plate and an extra set of reflectors on either side.  A rear spoiler and side visors are also part of the facelift. The mirrors also get chrome covering along with turn indicators. The extensive use of chrome is carried forward to the door housing as well in an effort to improve the premium perception of the Innova.

On the inside, the car gets beige interiors with improved fabrics along with an all-new infotainment system which includes a rear display unit mounted on the roof. Steering mounted controls and captain seats in the middle also come as standard in the top spec variant. On the safety front, the car get dual airbags in the front and side impact beams embedded to the chassis. All of these additions are expected to make their way to inevitable Indian facelift as well.

Engine changes in the India spec Innova are highly unlikely for the facelift, implying that the 2.0-litre 132PS petrol and the 2.5-litre 101PS diesel engine will keep its place on the new model along with the five speed manual gearbox and the rear-wheel drive powertrain.

The Innova was first introduced to the Indian market in 2005 and has gone through two facelifts in its seven years of existence.  This new iteration seems to have taken the facelift a little over the top with the extensive use of chrome on the outside. The interior additions are well thought out and essential and therefore if one looks beyond the bling, it is likely that the Innova will remain as the undisputed winner of the MPV segment in India.

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