Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKS) has stopped the production of the first generation Innova MPV at Bidadi plant, Karnataka, making way for the new-gen MPV, which was unveiled at the Auto Expo 2016. The current-gen Innova, which had a successful run for around 11 years on the Indian roads, will soon be replaced by the new Innova Crysta in the domestic market.
Car and Bike has shared a series of pictures showing the last unit of the Innova being rolled out of the plant. The Innova MPV, which came to the market replacing the Qualis, has been a dominant power in the MPV segment for the past couple of years, despite the attempts of other car-makers to beat the model. Although Toyota has not yet revealed the launch plans of the new Innova Crysta, there is little doubt that the model will make its way into the Indian market soon.
Meanwhile, the latest news of current gen-Innova's production being stopped contradicts the previous reports that said the model would be sold alongside the Innova Crysta in the market as Innova Cross. It was reported earlier that the Innova will be sold as Innova Cross with minor tweaks in the country.
As far as the new Innova Crysta is concerned, it is rumoured to launch in India by May 2016. The powertrain of the new Innova Crysta includes GD 2.4-litre diesel and 2.0-litre petrol engines. While the 2,393cc engine develops 147bhp and 359Nm of torque mated to a manual gearbox, the in-line four-cylinder 2,000cc VVT-i petrol engine churns out 137bhp and 183Nm of torque. The petrol mill will be available with manual and automatic transmissions.