Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has launched the second model built under its International Multipurpose Vehicles (IMV) project - a venture that will reportedly see Toyota SA put a new pickup and SUV into production next year.

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has launched the second model built under its International Multipurpose Vehicles (IMV) project – the Kijang Innova – in Indonesia.


CARtoday.com reported last week, when a pickup called the Hilux VIGO was launched in Thailand, that the IMV project would see Toyota SA put a new pickup and SUV into production next year.


The Hilux VIGO was said to the first of five models to be developed under the IMV project, which aims to build vehicles for regions other than Japan and North America by drawing on Toyota's expanding global production and supply network.


“After the Hilux VIGO in Thailand, Indonesia will begin producing a new minivan next month (the Kijang Innova), while South Africa and Argentina will build a pickup and SUV next year,” a Reuters report said at the time.


Although it has yet to be confirmed, the new pickup on the cards for Toyota SA could possibly replace the current Hilux.


Meanwhile, the Kijang Innova will be produced at Toyota's Karawang plant in West Java, with annual production of 80 000 units a year. “The model is part of Toyota's efforts to provide customers with a global-qualified MPV, which can meet customers' expectation both in Indonesia and global market,” TMC said.


The Kijang Innova is luxuriously equipped and its standard specification includes a wood-trimmed dashboard, a tilt-leather steering wheel, intermittent wiper with time adjuster, automatic air conditioner with integrated real blower, flexible seat arrangement, extra storage spaces, Optitron instrumentation and integrated Multi Information Display.


It will be powered by either a two-litre VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with Intelligent) engine or the newly-developed 2,5-litre D-4D (direct four-stroke diesel) turbocharged common-rail engine.