The Toyota Innova second generation is the latest generation of the Toyota Innova that was launched in late November 2015. It was introduced in three trims, type G (lowest), type V (medium) and type Q (highest).
Toyota Innova at the earlier (first generation) was produced in Indonesia since 2014 under the supervision of Toyota Astra Motor and it was firstly marketed in Indonesian compact MPV segments. The Innova is a part of Toyota’s IMV program together with Fortuner SUV and Hilux pickup truck.
Toyota Innova also sold in Malaysia, India, Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Thailand, Jamaica, Brunei, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, and other UAE countries. Toyota Innova is a great competitor for Honda Freed, Mazda Biante, Nissan Serena, and the All New Kia Carens.
Toyota Innova Second Generation Price and Specification Reviews
In the latest version, its use ladder frame chassis which is adopted from the Toyota Hilux, combined with a larger body dimensions adapted from Toyota Innova first generation. Consequently, the positive impact is on the larger space of the cabin. Toyota Innova have a good durability and was tested on its predecessor that can fits perfectly in varieties of terrains except for offroad because of its high ground clearance.
Toyota Innova Second Generation Exterior Reviews
The latest version of Innova has a very significant change towards the exterior styling to give a more modern accent. Its styling was inspired from Toyota Fortuner (2016) with high ground clearance.
Front design is capable of giving more aggressive appearance coupled with large front grille with embedded Toyota badge in the center. All exterior components including bumpers, front and rear lights also redesigned. So it looks more modern and up-to-date.
For headlamps, these latest Innovations rely on trapezoid design with wider bonnet. Its absolutely different if we compare it to Innova first generation. In a variant of G and V, headlamp using separate multi reflector between the main lights, high beam light, and fog light. Type Q as the highest type, adopted the projector LED headlamp and DRL. While the sign lights are installed in bumper for all trim.
On the rear side, there something that is less favored because D pillar was shaped in cuneiform and left a big blank space below it. In addition, less creative design can be seen from the use of the stop lamp which is mostly resembles a Honda HRV. Based on the latest brochure, Innova has the dimension of 4.735 mm length, 1.830 mm width, 1.795 mm height, and 2.750 mm wheelbase.
Toyota Innova Second Generation Interior Reviews
On the inside, this middle-class MPV featuring a dashboard with the completeness and adequate functions. The dashboard on the medium variant (V type) uses a two-tone scheme with silver accents. For the highest type (Q type) has the accent of wood panel minus two-tone, and the lowest types (G type) rely solely on black scheme so that the cabin looked dark. To create a more attractive and luxurious atmosphere, each type of Innova has been equipped with blue ambient light.
For other features in the form of entertainment system was totally upgraded for the earlier version. It was implemented CD player powered by Android with 7 inch (type G and V) and 8 inch (type Q) display with touch-screen support plus various connectivity options such as Bluetooth, i-Pod, HDMI, wireless radio and Miracast which is useful to show the screen smartphone in the LCD remotely.
One feature that is not present on previous generation is there is a table in the back of first row seat that can hold a load up to 10 kilograms.
Additionally, steering wheel also having a nice upgrade, integrated control plus voice commands is integrated to all variants. Unfortunately, the quality of the materials used for interior stuffs is seems not prioritized by Toyota.
Extra points for making Innova as favorite family MPV is the visibility from the driver’s side. Blindspot is very minimal. Although it has a wide bonnet, however the driver can predict every movement in front. A pair of spacious rear view mirror allow the driver to monitor the profiles of each side freely. Moreover, legroom and headroom is not a problem even if the driver has a body posture above the average.
Toyota Innova Second Generation Performance Reviews
On the part of the powerhouse, Toyota provides a choice of diesel and petrol engines. Petrol engine coded 1TR-FE DOHC Dual VVT-i with capacity of 2.0 liter and able to pump power up to 137 HP at 5,600 RPM and maximum torque of 183 Nm at 4,000 RPM.
This is the same engine used by Innova in earlier version, with an addition of Dual VVTi petrol to the engine, then fuel efficiency can be maximized.
Meanwhile for diesel engine variant, Toyota replaced the 2KD engine with the 2GD engine. This engine was implemented Variable Nozzle Turbo (VNT) technology that is able to produce power up to 147 HP at 3,400 RPM and peak torque 342 Nm at 1,200-2,800 RPM for manual transmission. As for the automatic transmission, its able to reach peak torque of 360 Nm in the range of 1,200-2,800 RPM.
Both options use the configuration engine inline 4 cylinders (I4) 16 valves combined with manual transmission with 5 accelerations and automatic triptonic transmission with 6 accelerations. You also able to switch drive mode between normal, eco and power modes.
The performance of both types of engine types is good. On petrol engines, accelerations resulting from the round bottom until the middle rounds can be achieved easily. Whereas in a diesel engine, turbo-assisted acceleration will be automatically started if engine hits 1,500 RPM and torque is quite high in the middle rounds. Unfortunately, this causing a noise and almost resembles the diesel engines on Innova first generation.
Toyota Innova Second Generation Impression and Handling Reviews
Toyota Innova second generation is the only middle-class MPV which still maintains the ladder frame in its class. While its competitors has switched to monocoque. Ladder type chassis frame is indeed well-known to be less comfortable if its compared to the monocoque but it has good side because it tough against rough terrains, and car can use high ground clearance without problem.
As the most favorable MPV at current time, Innova is able to offer maximum comfort for all passengers. Spacious cabin of second and third line which is better than previous generation of Innova. The rear passengers can also adjust air conditioning as their needs because every trim get dual climate controls as standard. Toyota Innova second generation also offering ultimate comfort by presenting bottled water storage on the third line.
The driver will feels the different driving experience from another MPV in general. A good and responsive engine should be counterbalanced by a good handling. Unfortunately, the Innova is less comfortable if driven in high speeding without extra loads – such as passengers or goods, causing body rolls. In addition, the front suspension of this car is too soft, so that the movement of the steering wheel a little less accurate when it hit bumpy terrains.
On the side of safety features, Toyota embed knee airbags for the driver of this car, ABS and EBD are available on all wheels, rear parking sensors, antitheft systems and door open warning. Unfortunately, Toyota Innova second generation still using drum brakes for the rear wheels. Specific to the Q type, as the highest variant has gained additional features for security like VSC, extra knee airbags and curtain, and Hill Assist Control.
Toyota Innova Second Generation Specifications Reviews
- Engine: 2.0-liters gasoline and 2.4-liters diesel 2GD.
- Power: 137 HP @ rpm (gasoline) 5,600; 147 BHP @ 3,400 RPM (diesel).
- Torque: 183 Nm of torque @ 4,000 rpm (gasoline); 342 Nm @ 1200-2800 RPM (AT = 360 Nm @ 1,200-2,600 RPM).
- Bore x Stroke: 92.0 mm x 90.0 mm (diesel)
- Compression ratio: 9.7:1 (diesel)
- Fuel consumption: 10-12 km/L (in the city); 14-17 km/L (outside the city).
- Suspensions: front independent double wishbone, rear 4-link rigid axle rod lateral.
- Transmission: manual 5 acceleration and automatic triptonic 6 sequiental acceleration.
- The size of the tires and rims: type G & V: 205/65/R16; type Q: 215/55/R17
- Competitors: Honda Freed, Mazda Biante, Nissan Serena, and the All New Kia Carens.
- Sales: December 2015-now.
Toyota Innova Second Edition Price Reviews (gasoline engine)
Below is the estimated price for Toyota Innova Second Edition. Price may vary between each countries.
- G MT : ~28.200 USD.
- G AT: ~30.200 USD.
- V MT: ~32.600 USD.
- V AT: ~34.600 USD.
- Q MT: ~36.500 USD.
- Q AT: ~38.500 USD.
Toyota Innova Second Edition Price Reviews (diesel engine)
- G MT: ~31.000 USD.
- G AT: ~33.100 USD.
- V MT: ~35.800 USD.
- V AT: ~37.700 USD.
- Q MT: ~40.200 USD.
- Q AT: ~42.400 USD.
Toyota Innova Second Edition Pros
- New looks and designs.
- More luxurious than the previous generation of Innova.
- Electronic and multimedia features are complete.
- The new engine and transmission with better performance.
- Spacious cabin.
Toyota Innova Second Edition Cons
- Rough engine and noise at high engine round (diesel).
- The cabin is less sound proof.
- Air conditioning panel is less modern.
- Rear and side design looks less attractive.
- Low quality of cabin materials.
- The price is too expensive.
So, that is a full review of the specification as well as the pros and cons of the Toyota Innova second generation. Essentially, the Toyota Innova is very suitable for those who need an upgrade of the previous version of Toyota Innova. Unfortunately, its sold in high price and not worth for its flagship features.