The indestructible Toyota Innova has completed 15 years in the Indian market, and in these 15 years, this car has achieved a few feats which are not to be taken lightly. In these 15 years, the Innova has achieved healthy sales ‘consistently’. Secondly, in these 15 years we are still to find a vehicle in its segment, which can better it in terms of ride quality.
Since 2005, the Innova has received a few facelifts, but what has remained constant is the robust build and the belief of the customers in this vehicle. No other MPV in it’s segment could trump the Innova in 15 years, because of which Toyota decided to celebrate this and announce a new variant for the Innova Crysta called the ‘Leadership Edition.’
The Leadership Edition looks a tad bit different with minimalist changes. Some of those changes are that the front grill of the car has chrome around it, similarly, the side skirts also have chrome. Furthermore, this variant also has black alloy wheels and it sports a ‘Leadership Edition Badge’.
Moreover, the Leadership Edition has 2 new convenient features which is a 360 degree camera which makes parking a big car like this much easier, and the other feature being, an auto folding mirror.
This variant comes in two colours, Wildfire Red with Attitude Black (red with a black roof), and White pearl Crystal with Attitude Black (white with a black roof).
The interiors of the Leadership Edition get an all black fabric based seats with red stitching, along with which the seats have the ‘Leadership Edition’ insignia on them. The rest is identical to the VX variant of the Innova Crysta.
The Leadership Edition is available only as a 2.4 litre diesel engine which produces 150 ps and a torque of 343 nm. The same engine is used with the regular Innova Crysta as well. The transmission is also the same, which is a 5 speed manual transmission.
How does it fare with the current competition?
After being present for 15 years, the Innova has not faced any stern competition, however, Kia has changed things, and they have challenged the Innova Crysta with their Kia Carnival which has surely shaken up this segment. With updates like these Toyota can surely respect the Innova but, in order to cement their position in this segment, Toyota will need to do something else.