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Revisiting the Toyota Innova and Why India loves this MPV

Incredible India, this describes our country as much as a family MPV describes the Toyota Innova. Be it, joint families or bachelor, with friends, everyone just loves this people mover. It is hard to believe the time without Innova, from taxi to the luxury MPV, Toyota Innova grew on India like a plague. With that, let us have a look at where and why Innova?

2005- The Toyota Innova was harboured

Toyota Innova
Toyota Innova | 2005

After Toyota launching Innova in Indonesia in 2004, launched it in India in early 2005. The company carefully planned Innova’s launch as their then former MPV Qualis was discontinued. Qualis had reliable engines and robustly built that made the firm grounds for the premium Innova.

Back in 2005, Toyota Innova had 2 engine to choose from, a petrol and a diesel. The diesel engine offered was the famous D-4D 2.5-litre 4-cylinder turbo-diesel that capable of producing 102bhp and a peak torque of 200Nm. It was surely not a powerful engine considering today’s standards, but it was indeed a versatile engine. The petrol engine was a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine producing 136ps and 182Nm of peak torque.

2009- The First Facelift

2009 Toyota Innova
2009 Toyota Innova | Source (1)

It took 4 years for Innova to introduce an update for the popular Toyota Innova. In 2009, Innova came with a fair number of changes. These changes include a new grille in the front, new alloy wheels, and more. After braking the sales records, Toyota made 2009 Innova luxurious with features like steering mounted controls, MID, better seat upholstery automatic climate control.

In 2010, an Intercooler was added to the powertrain making it cooler to run and slightly more efficient. ‘

2012 – The Second (major) Facelift

Toyota Innova | Indian Car Stereotypes
Toyota Innova 2012

2012 facelift was all about outside rather than inside. When getting inside one would notice some new elements in the dash, that includes, a touchscreen infotainment system and steering mounted controls. Talking about the touch screen it was USB, AUX and Bluetooth compatible and were easily operable via steering mounted controls. A reversing camera was also a part of the kit.

On the outside, Toyota Innova featured a new grille, new wrap-around tail lights, and some hints of chrome all around. This made the MPV look more of a family car than a taxi.

2013 – The Third Facelift

2013 Toyota Innova
2013 Toyota Innova | Source (1)

After 2012 updated, Innova was good enough to be used as a family car. Well, it wasn’t enough for Toyota, and in 2013 again updated the exteriors. The major changes include chrome accents on the front grille and fog lamp inserts. Wooden accents were some aesthetics changes on the inside. This is where Toyota introduced a new ‘Z’ variant that sad on top of the lineup. Sadly, Toyota Innova didn’t get any changes under the hood and used the same 2.5-litre D4D diesel engine.

2015 – The Last Descendant of the Toyota Innova

2015 Toyota Innova
2015 Toyota Innova | Source (1)

Yet again, Toyota played well. 2015 was the last facelift before a much-needed generation change. Changes in this update mostly included wood accents on the interior and better fabric on the seats. In terms of safety, the Innova got dual Airbags, ABS, EBD, and BA.

2016 -The Generation Change

Toyota Innova Crysta
Toyota Innova Crysta

Finally, in 2016 Toyota did what was demanded, a generation change. Toyota Innova enters its second generation and along with a Crysta badge, it gets a ton of changes. Innova has bigger cabin and equipt with a ton of features.

From the front and Rear 

  • A new front facia with sweat back headlight, with integrated projectors. The illumination was complemented by LED headlights.
  • A new wide grille added flavor to the bold appeal.
  • Increased Width
  • The large yet proportionate tail lights are a considerable upgrade over the previous ones.

From the Side

  • The Side is one of the best places to look at this MPV. The most prominent change was the additional length.
  • Crysta got options of 16″ and 17″ alloy wheels adding the visual mass to the side.

The massive change was under the hood as the new Crysta got a couple of engine options a 2.4 turbo diesel and a 2.8 turbo diesel. The 2.4-litre produces 150ps of peak power and 343Nm of peak torque. The more powerful 2.8-litre generates 174ps of max power and 360Nm of peak torque.

Additional features included 

  • Steering mounted audio controls
  • Cruise Control
  • Ambient lighting
  • Colored MID
  • Indulging driving dynamics

Toyota Innova | BS6 update

Toyota Innova Leadership edition
Toyota Innova Leadership edition

With the new BS6 emission norms Toyota got two engine options with a couple of transmission options, a diesel and a petrol engine. Both the engines can opt with either a manual transmission or an automatic transmission.

Fun Read: 5 Modern Cars with a Two-Cylinder Engine!

The petrol engine is a 2.7-litre 4-cylinder engine producing 166ps of power and 245Nm of peak torque. The Diesel engine produces 150ps of max power and 360Nm of peak torque. In terms of features, it is identical to the 2016 model.

Also, Read Toyota Innova 2005 vs 2020 Toyota Innova Crysta | MPV Re(Evolution)

This was about Innova’s journey in India. From 2005 to 2020, the MPV has indeed come along with and is very refined is very less complains. Tell us in the comment section below your take on Toyota Innova.

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Utkarsh Bhardwaj
Utkarsh Bhardwajhttps://gomechanic.in/blog
Technical Content Strategist at GoMechanic | Big Time Petrolhead with the passion for building cars and driving those beauties.


  1. Continue production of model 2015 and do its engine powerful like new crysta but body model like 2015 i m not like crysta but like old 2015 model

  2. Innova crysta is more expensive than jeep compass , xuv 500, Tata Harrier, Ertiga, s cross, Creta, Duster, Ford EcoSport, Kia seltos, MG Hecter, Mahindra Scorpio, Bolero, Marazo and even Vetara Breza . 40 % of the Indian population is below extreme poverty. So for Indian ,it is impossible to buy such a most hiking price car If we observe carefully , the very attractive design ,less price, better mileage, powerful and toughest body ,It is best to buy Mahindra Scorpio or Mahindra XUV 500 on the Indian rough roads We have both options new or used car, but all buyers must buy used car after January 2012 Thanking you Indian car buyers .

  3. Excellent article about the Toyota Innova with an entertaining use words 🙂 This model is trendy in Indonesia, like it is in India. Maybe it will be more accurate to say that it is extremely popular. Like the direction, Toyota is taking with their MPV, and I’m sure that it will remain a best seller for the years to come.


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