The second generation all-new Toyota Innova is now available in Thailand. To reflect the 2016 all-new Innova’s significantly more luxurious interior, Toyota Motor Thailand has decided to add the ‘Crysta’ moniker to the Innova’s name. The same name has also been adopted in India, but not in Indonesia, where the Thai-market Innova is imported from.
Thailand has also elected to add a 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine option to the Innova’s model range, and curiously, the diesel models are the ones with the highest specifications while the base model uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine.
Both the 2.8-litre turbodiesel and 2.0-litre petrol are new engines. The former is a 1GD-FTV four-cylinder 16-valve unit with variable nozzle turbo and intercooler. It produces 174 PS at 3,400 rpm and 360 Nm between 1,200 – 3,400 rpm. Drive is transferred to the rear wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The 2.0-litre 1TR-FE petrol has been updated with Dual VVT-i valvetrain to coax out 139 PS at 5,600 rpm and 183 Nm at 4,000 rpm, transferred to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission.
The main highlight for the second generation Innova is its interior. Like the all-new Hilux and Fortuner that it is derived from, the Innova has made significant leaps from the outgoing model in terms of interior refinement and safety features.
As in the Hilux and Fortuner, the all-new Innova’s dashboard and instrument panel looks very sophisticated and even features some rather convincing faux leather stitching. In Thailand, the top of the Innova range 2.8V model features two Captain seats for the second row, making it a six-seater. It’s also fitted with LED projector headlamps. Other variants retain the regular seven-seater seating configuration and multi-reflector headlamps.
Toyota has also added quite a number of features that you would normally only see in chauffeur-driven cars. The front passenger seat has a release latch that allows rear passengers to push it forward. There’s also foldable tray tables.
The roof lining is illuminated by a set of very Alphard-like ambient lighting, while the rear air-conditioning blower even features digital control.
There’s even a soft-closing function for the tailgate! Not quite what you would normally expect from this class of vehicles.
Electronic stability and traction control (VSC and TRC), ABS and hill-start assist are available as standard - at least in Thailand – as are three airbags (driver, driver’s knee, front passenger). The top-two variants (2.8V and 2.8G) get seven airbags.
Prices in Thailand start from 1.13 million Baht for the 2.0E petrol manual, 1.2 million Baht for the 2.8G diesel automatic, and 1.36 million Baht for the 2.8V diesel automatic.
The all-new Toyota Innova is only expected to be launched in Malaysia in 2017, but it is quite unlikely that Malaysia will adopt the same specifications as Thailand, where the flagship variants are diesel-powered.
Looking at the recently launched Malaysian-market Hilux and Fortuner, there is no doubt that the Malaysian-market second generation Innova will have similarly high levels of specifications but we are quite certain that the flagship variants will continue to use petrol engines.
Images courtesy of our sister-site in Thailand, AutoSpinn.com.