Toyota revealed the final piece of the IMV puzzle with the Indonesian launch of the all-new 2016 Innova. And like the Hilux and the Fortuner which were revealed before it, it successfully levels up the game in every aspect imaginable from design to drivetrain to sophistication. This could very well be the Filipino family’s next default choice.
Designed under the tagline, “The Legend Reborn”, the all-new Innova is developed with a completely new platform that’s far removed from the first-generation model. It starts out with a more sophisticated exterior that’s bolder and athletic than before. It takes on the Toyota family look with its “Keen Look and Under Priority” stance. The front-end is dominated with a large grille that goes all the way to the bumper flanked by available LED headlights. 16-inch wheels and tires are now standard equipment with the highest grade model (Q) getting 17’s. Higher trim models also have side mirror turn signal repeaters with puddle lamps while the range-topper gets a soft closing rear hatch (Smart Close Back Door).
Inside, the Innova gets an interior that’s much closer to a passenger car than a commercial vehicle. Keeping its 8-seater capacity (now with headrests for all occupants), the Innova’s cockpit is highly reminiscent of the Hilux and Fortuner with its asymmetrical design. Available features include a high-resolution LCD display sandwiched between the LED-backlit gauges, a four-spoke steering wheel with multi-function controls, one-touch power windows for all, a touchscreen audio system with smartphone mirroring, automatic climate control, Bluetooth with voice command, and even interior ambient lighting. Other notable comfort features of the new Innova include front seat back trays, one-touch tumble second row, and a keyless entry system with push button engine start/stop.
Measuring in at 4,735 x 1,830 x 1,795 (L x W x H, in mm), the Innova keeps almost the same dimensions as the current model. However, it gets an entirely new drivetrain for more power and refinement on the road. Gasoline engine variants get a 2.0-liter Dual VVT-i engine (1TR-FE) generating a healthy 139 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 183 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. For the diesel-fed variants, it gets the same 2GD-FTV engine found in the Hilux. The 2.4-liter engine outs 149 horsepower at 3,400 rpm and 343 Nm of torque at 1,200 to 2,800 rpm. Manual transmission models get five forward ratios while automatic have the privilege of a 6-speed automatic with sequential shift override.
True to its role as a family vehicle, the all-new Toyota Innova is standard (at least in Indonesia) with three airbags with higher trim models getting seven airbags. ABS with EBD is now standard while Hill Assist Control and Vehicle Stability Control are available features on the highest trim. ISOFIX child seat anchors are now standard.
The all-new Toyota Innova is expected to land in the Philippines sometime early to mid 2016.