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Gian86
05-30-2005, 05:15 PM
Here's pics on Toyota Innova, newest MPV from Toyota for asian countries:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.motortrader.com.my/NUS/articles/0/article_228/startpic.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.motortrader.com.my/NUS/articles/0/article_228/4.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.motortrader.com.my/NUS/articles/0/article_228/3.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.motortrader.com.my/NUS/articles/0/article_228/10.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.motortrader.com.my/NUS/articles/0/article_228/2.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Source: <A HREF="http://www.motortrader.com.my" TARGET="_blank">http://www.motortrader.com.my</A>

Gian86
05-30-2005, 05:16 PM
<I>May 2005 sure is a busy month with so many new models being introduced and among those which the public has been waiting for with great anticipation has been the Toyota Innova. This new MPV is one of three models which UMW Toyota Motor will launch this year; the first was the Hilux (actually, they count it as two models because they treat the single cab and double cab variants as separate models) and now comes the Innova while the third one, to come later in the year, will be the Fortuner SUV. <p>All three models look different but are the products of the Innovative/International Multipurpose Vehicles (IMV) project which is a major industrial undertaking by Toyota that spans the globe. The IMV models have been conceived to compete in market conditions which are a lot more competitive today, and designed to be especially suitable in developing countries. To achieve the all-important economies of scale, the IMV models share a common platform and also many parts. <p>With the new Innova (its name is derived from the word Innovation), the aim has been to offer a modern family MPV, one which has the seating space of a van, more cargo space than a stationwagon, and the ride comfort, performance and handling characteristics of a sedan. It has been developed taking into consideration the needs and lifestyles of todays motorists as well as the daily motoring conditions they encounter, <p>Though the Innova has a two-box design, Toyotas stylists have given it a modern and stylish look which will remain appealing for many years to come. The sleek looks speak of efficiency aerodynamics while the generous glass areas all round provide an airy, spacious feel to the interior. <p>A notable feature of the Unser was its high ground clearance and this is also retained in the Innova which can cross through water that is 600 mm deep. This is clearly a provision which has come about after Toyotas research into the markets which it plans to sell the model in. <p>The stylishness of the exterior design is carried over to the interior of the Innova where the driver and passengers will find functionality and comfort with a strong emphasis on ergonomics. Within a cabin length of 2880 mm, eight adults can be accommodated comfortably on three rows of seats. <p>The Innova has a 1TR-FE 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine with VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing  intelligent) technology. VVT-i boosts power output, enhances fuel efficiency as well as reduces pollutants in the exhaust gases. With VVT-i providing continuously variable valve timing to suit virtually any driving situation, the lightweight DOHC 16-valve EFI engine has ample torque at low to medium speeds and can also effortlessly accelerate to high speeds. Maximum power output is 100 kW/136 ps at 5600 rpm while maximum torque is 182 Nm at 4000 rpm. <p>The 1TR-FE engine is not exactly new and according to the Executive Chief Engineer of the Innova, Kaoru Hosokawa, a variant of the engine with a larger displacement has been used in US models for some time. He added that the distinction between a MPV engine and a passenger car engine is not so well defined these days but what is important is that torque must be ample for load-carrying in a MPV. In this respect, he said that the Innovas engine has been tuned for strong low-end torque to offer good acceleration. <p>Customers have a choice of a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic electronic-controlled transmission which delivers power to the rear wheels. Yes, the Innova has rear-wheel drive but this is not necessarily outdated and RWD remains valid for a vehicle which is likely to have heavy loads on board; in the case of the Innova, it can be up to 8 adults. <p>The Innova, like the new Hilux, takes build quality to a new level and while there are some elements shared with the Hilux, the Innovas cabin also has its own fresh new design. It has a luxurious ambience, thanks to standard equipment such as the Optitron meters on the instrument panel, a Multi-Info Display, gate-type shift lever (automatic transmission only), wood trim and also a chrome package on the outside. <p>The Optitron meters were originally developed for Lexus models and are now available in a number of Toyota models. They differ from conventional meters by being brighter (but not glaring) to provide clarity in all lighting conditions, particularly when ambient lighting is strong. <p>The Multi-Info Display is situated at the top of the centre console area of the dashboard. Far from being a gimmick, this display provides the driver with seven different types of information which can be selected at the touch of a button. The information provided is average fuel consumption; real-time fuel consumption; average speed on a journey; the length of time that the engine has been running; the range available on the amount of fuel in the tank; the direction the vehicle is headed in (compass); and the temperature outside the vehicle. <p><br>Optitron meters, brighter than conventional meters, were originally developed for Lexus models. <p><br>Find out how much fuel youre using, how far you can go and even what direction you are headed in. <p>Being an MPV, theres lots of space inside to offer comfort and convenience to each occupant. The driver, in particular, can have an ideal seating position for fatigue-free motoring, thanks to the tilt-adjustable steering wheel. Both short as well as tall drivers will appreciate the seat height adjuster too. <p>The dual air conditioner (with controls at the front and over the 2nd row) ensures that all occupants receiving cool air for enhanced comfort, whatever the outside temperature. The high-performance system has been specially developed and tested in local conditions for optimum cooling performance as well as proper flow of air around the cabin all the way to the last row. When not required, passengers in the second row can switch off the air-conditioning. <p>With the Innova 2.0G. an automatic air-conditioning system (similar to that found on more expensive models) is standard. With this system, the driver can select the desired temperature and the system will automatically ensure that cool air is efficiently distributed around the cabin to maintain the temperature. In instances where the cabin may have become hot after the vehicle has been parked in the sun, the system will increase the fan speed to clear the warm air as quickly as possible. <p>Other standard comfort/convenience features include power windows and power door locks, the former having jam protection to avoid causing injury to an occupants hand which may be caught by the rising glass. The drivers door window also has a one-touch up/down operation for extra convenience. <p>The factory-fitted 2-DIN audio system for the Innova comprises a CD-player, FM/AM tuner and also MP3 capability. Superior sound reproduction (surround sound with the Innova 2.0G) should come from 6 speakers (including two tweeters) which are strategically located around the cabin. Also available in the Innova 2.0G is a printed antenna on the glass instead of the conventional rod antenna. <p>Extra air-conditioner vents on ceiling to bring cool air all the way to the back. <p>As would be expected, the Innovas cabin has a versatile seating arrangement which offers the flexibility of carrying up to eight adults or large and long items. For maximum cargo capacity, the second row can be folded forward against the back of the front seats and the third row (60:40 split) of seats can be folded against the sides. For picnics or just to relax and stretch out, the two front seats can be folded flat to the second row after their head restraints have been removed. <p>Another strong point of the Innova is the amount of storage space available. There are plenty of cupholders and seven bottle-holders situated around the cabin. For odds and ends (maps, music CDs, coins, keys, etc), there are many different compartments and slots; for example, on the dashboard ahead of the front occupant, there are two gloveboxes with the upper on having a generous 4.6-litre volume. </I>

Gian86
05-30-2005, 05:17 PM
<I>Toyotas interior designers have also thoughtfully incorporated convenience hooks for groceries at the rear of third row seat and for those who need to recharge their handphones on the move (or operate small electrical devices), there is an accessory 12V power outlet on the dashboard (Innova 2.0G only). <p>With the companys many decades of experience in automobile manufacturing, Toyotas engineers had extensive experience to draw upon when developing the Innovas chassis. Their efforts to come up with a chassis frame which would offer more strength and impact absorption resulted in the creation of the Toyota Outstanding Performance (TOP) Platform which is claimed to provide a more comfortable ride and also less noise, vibration and harshness. <p>Though it is similar to that of the Hilux, the Innovas chassis frame has one important difference: it sits on a 4-wheel coil spring suspension system comprising a double wishbone layout at the front and a 4-link layout at the rear. The Hilux has leafsprings at the rear and so did the Unser, which the Innova takes over from. <p>Steering control is provided by a power-assisted rack and pinion steering system. The amount of assistance provided is varied according to the engine speed. At low speeds (eg during parking), maximum assistance is provided for ease of manoeuvring while at cruising speeds, the assistance is less to give the driver a better "feel" of the road. <p>The standard alloy wheels fitted to the Innova are 6JJ x 15, with broad 205/65R15 radial-ply tyres for good grip and a comfortable ride. <p>Just like any other Toyota model available today, high safety standards have been applied to the Innova. In the event of an accident, the occupants of the Innova will be well protected inside the GOA-certified bodyshell. GOA stands for Global Outstanding Assessment and is the name for Toyotas tough in-house safety standards which match or exceed international safety standards. Every new Toyota model must pass GOA before it can go on sale. <p>Standard safety features available in every Innova include the provision of a laminated non-shattering windscreen, disc/drum brake system with dual hydraulic circuits for extra safety, adjustable upper seatbelt anchor position, a collapsible steering column, reinforcement beams in all side doors and a seatbelts for all eight occupants. Childproof locks are also fitted to the rear doors for peace of mind when travelling with children. Also standard for the Innova 2.0G is an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS and a driver-side SRS airbag. <p>TOP Platform is similar to Hilux in that it is a chassis frame. However, unlike the Hilux, the Innova has coil spring suspension at the rear. <p>Farewell to the Unser, the most popular Toyota model in Malaysia during the past 6 years. <p>DRIVING IMPRESSIONS <br>At a media preview in Australia a few months ago, I had an opportunity to briefly drive the Innova with the same engine as that in the Malaysian version. Like the Hilux, its driving dynamics and comfort impressed me greatly. It would be unfair to make comparisons to the Unser which it replaces as they are entirely different although the Unser also has a chassis frame design. <p>Sitting with a top Australian rally driver, I was also shown that the Innova handles remarkably well for this type of vehicle and doesnt roll much during hard and fast cornering. And even with eight on board, its performance remained brisk. <p>In as far as seating comfort is concerned, I can confirm that the third row is very civilised. The seats have enough height off the floor so that your knees wont be under your chin and the people you put there will still be your good friends after a long journey! <p>At launch time this Friday, there should be over 2,000 people waiting for their Innova, and UMW Toyota Motor plans to sell 8,100 units this year. With production expected to be around 1,200 to 1,500 units a month, it is likely that there will be a waiting period of 3 to 4 months, said UMW Toyota Motor MD, David Chen. <p>Yes, this looks like another winner for Toyota and its fortunate that it was not launched before April 15th 2005 otherwise we would have had a hard time deciding whether to give the Innova or the Hilux the Autocar Asean Car of the Year award! </I><p>Source: <A HREF="http://www.motortrader.com.my" TARGET="_blank">http://www.motortrader.com.my</A>

SV
05-30-2005, 05:55 PM
wasn't there another thread on this? i can't remember, maybe it was at the old forum <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/nixweiss.gif" BORDER="0">

Gian86
05-30-2005, 06:21 PM
Yeah it is old, i might have seen it before but not here. And i might think this car is already selling in some countries since last month. This article i've send is recent one.

Roddy
06-02-2005, 11:01 PM
....you don't think it's extraordinarily tall and narrow, with unbelievable ground clearance which makes it look like it's on tip toes?<p>Sorry....looks Awful. Plain. Ordinary. It'll be typically Toyota...bulletproof. but gee it's sorry to look at. What's with the, what...12" wheels?<p>Rod <p>

Speedstick
06-03-2005, 05:13 AM
My thoughts exactly. It looks old (mid 90's), and unproportioned.

CarMattZu777
06-03-2005, 12:18 PM
While it may seem crude, it is affordable and good transportation for lower income families. This is only sold in developing nations, and it is a huge improvement over the last Kijang. About it being bulletproof, most likely not, because it is built in Indonesia I believe. The interior is nicer than any of the other cheap MPVs, but the new refreshed Isuzu Crosswind Sportivo has a very nice exterior and many luxury features. But the Innova is a great choice for lower income families.

AM2
06-03-2005, 12:42 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Speedstick</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">My thoughts exactly. It looks old (mid 90's), and unproportioned.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>You have to know the AUV/Asian MPV market... for example the mid-range Innova is priced like a Corolla 1.8 A/T, and thats already a 7-8 passenger people mover. <br><IMG SRC="http://www.motortrader.com.my/NUS/articles/0/article_228/startpic.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>For example in the Philippines, the Innova 2.0G VVTi M/T costs P915K(est $16,600).<p>This is what the Innova replaced, the Revo/Kijang released in circa 1997.<br><IMG SRC="http://web.ukonline.co.uk/dowlandsfarm/manila/car_rent/revo_van.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>...and these are the current competitors of the Innova.<br><IMG SRC="http://www.carrental.com.tw/car_rt/images/MITSUBISHI%20Freeca_1.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.motioncars.com/carchart/photos/isuzu_crosswinds.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>The ones from Mitsubishi and Isuzu are facelifted models, while the Innova is all-new.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Roddy</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> It'll be typically Toyota...bulletproof. but gee it's sorry to look at. What's with the, what...12" wheels?<br></TD></TR></TABLE><br>those are 15in alloys mounted on 205/65R15 tires.<p>Want big wheels?<br><IMG SRC="http://img146.echo.cx/img146/8879/innovamod7sl.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Roddy</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> . ...you don't think it's extraordinarily tall and narrow<br></TD></TR></TABLE><br>Not so tall and narrow.<br>Width is 1770 mm (69.9 in) and height is 1755 mm (69in)<br><IMG SRC="http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2004/09/13/images/2004091302160101.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by AM2 at 4:04 AM 6/4/2005</i>

M0L0TOV
06-03-2005, 06:39 PM
Am I crazy or does the Rivo/Kijang look like the older model Mazda MPV?<p>M0L0TOV

bolita
06-04-2005, 09:12 AM
There is a lot riding on this IMV project for Toyota and I from the initial reaction of markets to the Hi Lux they are being extremely succesful...