Among the list of important days through the year the one you probably don’t know about (or probably don’t care about) is the ‘world population day’. Observed on July 11, 2017, the significance of this annual event may vary for everyone. Interestingly, the world population has grown from 400 million in 1000 AD to 6 billion (as recorded in the year 2000) and India is the second country in the population chart. What is worrying is that India is expected to surpass China by 2030 with a projected population growth of 1.65 billion. India is also projected to become the third largest automotive market globally by 2020. With continual rise in population, demand for cars will also increase. While this year’s theme for the world population day is ‘Family planning’, we as usual can’t help but bring you a list of large family vehicles to fit in the ideal India family (including you kids, aunts, uncles and who so even can find a space).
As a kid, I still remember travelling with the entire family on our vacations, stuffed in an old Ambassador with hardly any space to breath (those were the days!) and yet being cheerful about our outing with cousins. As we grew up, the Ambassador was gone and there was no room for us in the petite Maruti Zen. In those days, MPVs and SUVs were not very popular, but thankfully there is wide variety to pick from in the segment.
Top 5 Cars For Large Indian Families
Despite slump in demand for MPVs, Innova stands rock solid. While carmakers in India are withdrawing their models owning to sluggish sales, Innova continues to be one of the most selling models in the segment. With its last generation leap is has become visually more appealing, feature packed and more desirable. The model is available in 7 and 8 seat layouts, which means your entire family can easily go for an outing.
The new generation Innova is built on Toyota’s new IMV (International Multi-purpose Vehicle) architecture, which is also known as FIRM (Frame with Integrated Rigidity Mechanism). The second generation Innova looks more upmarket, thanks to more angular shape and new styling elements borrowed from new Fortuner & Highlander. It is equipped with a new chrome laden dual-slat grille and wide air-dams cascading on the bumper.
The new Innova is 150mm longer, 70mm wider and 35mm taller than the previous model, which ensures more cabin space for rear occupants. In terms of features, the new model gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with voice commands, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control and rake-and-reach adjustable steering. Additionally, it also gets smart entry with push button start and wood finishing on the panel.
The new Innova Crysta is available in three engine options – 2.4-litre GD VVT inter-cooler diesel, 2.8-litre GD diesel and a 2.7-litre dual VVT-i petrol. While the entry-level diesel model is good for 146.9bhp and 343Nm of torque, the 2.8L engine dishes out 174.5bhp of power and 360Nm of torque. The gasoline engine churns out 166bhp of maximum power and 245Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed automatic unit that is available on GX and ZX trims. While the 2WD drivetrain is standard, select variants are offered with the 4WD system.
Price Range – Rs 13.31 lakh to Rs 18.84 lakh (petrol)
Rs 13.52 lakh to Rs 20.07 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi)