SCOOP! Toyota Innova facelift launching in India in 15-20 days, new top-end ‘Z’ model and price hike planned

Posted on: Sep 16, 2013 - 6:33pm IST

The Toyota Innova received a facelift in the Indonesian market very recently. PT Toyota Astra Motor, the Indonesian subsidy of Toyota, launched the refreshed people carrier with a few minor cosmetic changes and a couple of added features.

We learn that Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) is planning to launch the refreshed Innova within 15-20 days. Dealers have already been notified to clear existing inventory and to make way for the refreshed vehicles.

Toyota Innova facelift front
The Toyota Innova facelift gets a larger grille and an all-new bumper.

Our source informs us that there would be a new top-end variant on the Innova called the ‘Z’. Priced at approximately INR 17.5 lakhs plus (on-road), the Z variant is expected to pack a comprehensive infotainment system apart from the usual bells and whistles offered on the VX variant.

Apart from this Z variant, there would be a price hike rolled out across the variant lineup. In Indonesia, the price hike ranged from INR 10,000 to INR 28,000 when the refreshed Innovas went on sale in mid-August. This is purely for your reference and doesn’t have implications on the magnitude of the price hike in India.

The facelifted Innova can be recognized thanks to its larger chrome grille and a new front bumper. At the rear, you would mistake those chrome plated highlights for aftermarket accessories, but we can assure you they’re part of the facelift.

Toyota Innova facelift rear
Rear continues nearly unchanged save for the chrome embellishment and added reflectors.

While there weren’t any mechanical upgrades, base variants of the Innova in Indonesia received dual front airbags through this refresh. We’re not quite sure whether TKM has the same planned here.

This refresh for the Innova is a stop-gap measure until the next generation model arrives, which isn’t expected until 2016 at least.

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9 thoughts on “SCOOP! Toyota Innova facelift launching in India in 15-20 days, new top-end ‘Z’ model and price hike planned

  1. sadsack says:

    I believe that the original looks that any Toyota models have are the best with every facelift making the vehicle less and less appealing. And that is saying a lot since Toyota’s designs are not the most elegant nor do they have a great styling component attached to them in the first place. But then they are bullet proof and that is why Toyota gets away with these unappealing designs. People pay for peace of mind and also the strong brand value that Toyota commands, a phenomenon that can be traced back to the days when people used to import Sony and Toyota from Dubai. Sony in electronics continues to have a strong brand recall as does Toyota in the automotive sphere.

  2. Ranga says:

    Way too overpricing and this time around, an elegant design got spoilt by a (very) ugly poor mod job.

    When would you come down to sensible pricing and stop looting us Toyota?

  3. Nicolae Carpathia says:

    So if the Innova is being updated now, it’s safe to assume that the next Fortuner is not coming soon, then?

  4. kris says:

    Any tentative date for the launch.
    What about the guys who have booked their vehicle in month of September and yet to get the delivery, will they get upgraded model??

    1. abuna ventana says:

      sure.. they are lucky that they will get only the prev. model

  5. Vikram Viswanathan says:

    Ouch! That’s a bad bad bad design upfront. Think Toyota Think.

  6. Dr Sunil Gupta says:

    Why not an automatic transmission variant ? Toyota is committing a big blunder by not offering this auto variant..

  7. soonya says:

    It looks like a cheap after-market local tinker job!

    What’s up with Toyota?

    All the bling, bling in the back makes it look hideous apart from the gauchy front!

  8. Yeldo says:

    I hope this time around, TKM will offer a white colour option in the top variant.


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