At the ongoing 2016 DefExpo (Defence Expo) in Goa, Minerva Special Purpose Vehicles have showcased Toyota Innova armoured variant. Minerva is a Nasik-based company which specialises in converting regular civilian cars into armoured vehicles.
Speaking about the Toyota Innova on display at DefExpo, it is not a 100% armoured vehicle but a 75%. This means that only the front two rows of seating are protected by the armour, whereas the last row is not. The second row and third row are separated by armoured metal / bullet proof glass.
All four door windows and the front windshield are made of bullet proof glass. The doors are so heavy that it is not easy to open or shut them. Special hinges have been made in order to take the added weight of the doors.
Toyota Innova armoured variant is powered by the same 2.5-litre engine which powers the regular Toyota Innova. Minerva has not made any changes to the engine or transmission. This in spite the fact that the armoured cubicle has added more than 1,000 kg to the overall kerb weight of the car.
When asked why did they not make the engine more powerful, the official told that the engine is good enough to pull the added weight. Innova’s engine is rated at 102 PS @ 3600 rpm and 200 Nm @ 1200 – 3600 rpm. It is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Tyres are the same but have received run-flat treatment.
Specializing in making regular cars armoured, Minerva ia Nashik based company. Their clients include prominent personalities, business-man, celebrities, etc. Their armour is certified for up to level B7, which is good enough to withstand attack from assault rifles like AK47, LAR, or even from grenades.
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