Toyota Kirloskar Motors entered the MPV/SUV segment in 2000 with the Qualis also know as Kijang in global markets. This 7 / 8 seater van became an instant hit in the country with its sturdy and reliable performance even though it came with an outdated look. However, by 2005, Toyota decided to pull this off the market and replace it with the more refined Innova. Diehard fans of the Qualis still swear by it and continue to maintain their prized possession. Click here for a detailed post on the Qualis on Team-BHP.
Innova with an updated international design was priced slightly higher but attracted both private individuals and fleet owners who sang praises of its refinement and reliability. With multiple facelifts (no changes to the engine though), the Innova continued to rein the charts as the most popular MPV for 10 long years with the highest resale value in its segment. Ex: If you owned a G4 model in 2009, you could still sell it for the same price today. Others competing with the Innova in the segment are Mahindra Xylo, Tata Aria (will be relaunched as Hexa this year), Renault Lodgy, Honda Mobilio, Maruti Ertiga and Nissan Evalia. While some of them are strong competitors, they haven’t been able to topple Innova’s market leadership.
Toyota has now decided to phase this popular model out and launch the second generation Innova Crysta with class leading features and design aesthetics. The Toyota Kirloskar plant in Bidadi rolled out the last production vehicle of the Innova on Friday (11th March) with employees giving a warm farewell.
The new model is expected to offer a refined 2.4ltr engine with better fuel efficiency, class leading features along with an option to go automatic. Priced higher than the outgoing model, Innova Crysta is expect to reach the showrooms by May 2016. Until then, let’s ogle at the images and videos.
Here is the Youtube link to the promo video