New Toyota Innova: First Drive
It was just the other day when I wanted to book a cab for my family of five for a pilgrimage trip. While I wasn’t particular about the vehicle, the only thing I was looking for was decent comfort and certain levels of safety considering it was going to a long haul. With the Toyota Innova fitting the bill just right, I asked for one. However, not only was he out of all his Innova’s but even the one’s he borrowed from another travel agency were booked. While he had other vehicles, he just didn’t have any Innova at all. It’s a popular vehicle, I get that but this was plain unbelievable. And it’s not just in case of cabs. The very first Innova came to India in 2005, eight years down the line nothing much has changed. It’s gone through its third facelift and multiple price increase and still managing to sell with a waiting even now. While this might be the last facelift before Toyota brings in the all new Innova with a completely new platform and engines, lets take a look at what this new Innova has to offer.
The biggest upgrade comes on the outside, primarily at the front. There is an all-new 3 slatted chrome grille which now extends all the way down into a new squarish bumper. The fog lights also get a chrome surround to add a contemporary touch. The sides remain the same barring a chrome strip running across the length of the car and some new body graphics. The rear gets a chrome garnish too with a pair of flush fitted reflectors with a nice little spoiler finishing things off. Overall it does freshen up the old MPV’s appeal but the front could have been worked upon a little more aesthetically. The grille is too large and the retained headlights do not gel with it giving the new Innova an odd face. Whether the new look grows on us or not remains to be seen.