Toyota Innova Philippines preview: What can we expect from an update?

Updated Nov 22, 2022

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The Toyota Innova is already a great MPV, but what features can we expect to come with a new Toyota Innova Philippines?

In this review...

  1. 1. Toyota Innova Philippines Review: Introduction
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Engine & Performance
  5. Safety
  6. Variants & Price list
  7. FAQs
  8. 8. Toyota Innova Review: Conclusion

1. Toyota Innova Philippines Review: Introduction

The 2019 Toyota Innova 2nd generation AN140, the model that we currently have available here in the Philippines, was released way back in 2016, almost four years ago. And back then until this very day, the Toyota made MPV is still very well received by automotive consumers not only here in the Philippines but also in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Saudi Arabia.

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Facelifted 2021 Toyota Innova Quick Look: New Face, Still Philippine-Made

It’s been known to be very tough while providing its occupants a decent amount of comfort and it’s quite possibly still one of the best MPVs in-terms of value currently available today.

So as we approach 2020, a year where it’s apparent that a lot of vehicles are getting updates and even next-generation models. What can we expect from an updated 2020 Toyota Innova?

To answer that, we have to talk about its current specs while also providing our own theories and some rumors that we’ve heard about a potential future model of the Innova floating around in the Internet.

So without further ado, here’s our take on what we can expect from a Toyota Innova 2020 Philippines. Be it an update or a next-generation version. Let's get started with!

Toyota Innova 2020 design

Will it be the new Toyota Innova we are waiting for?

2. Toyota Innova Philippines: Exterior Review

As per the last significant update, the Toyota Innova 2019 AN140 is quite a departure from the smooth rounded edges of the first generationAN40 Innova. Even the 1st-gen Innova introduced for the model year 2013 and 2011 which were updated a bit to look more modern is obviously no match to the very angular and very sleek 2nd-gen Toyota Innova.

A picture of the Toyota Innova

The front end of the Innova Touring Sport. It looks hyper-modern

Like all year models of the Toyota Hilux, the Toyota Innova is based on the Toyota IMV platform along with all the year models of the brilliant Toyota Fortuner SUV. So there might actually be a chance that a future version of the Innova just might turn out to resemble the Australian release 2020 Toyota Hilux and the current 2019 Toyota Hilux Conquest.

A picture of the 2020 Toyota Innova side view

If a future version comes out of the Innova, can we expect it to become even more futuristic looking?

Also take note that Toyota is fast consolidating the designs of their Toyota models using the new Global Architecture like the 2019 Toyota Rav4 and the 2019 Lexus ES both of which sport very distinctive front fascias. As such, it wouldn’t be too far off a guess that like these evolving TNGA designs, the same might also be the case for the Toyota IMV based vehicles like the Innova.


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3. Toyota Innova Philippines: Interior Review

Currently, the 2019 Toyota Innova interior is a very spacious and comfortable affair that’s able to fit seven people for the V variant and eight for the other variants. While the seats are only clad in fabric, there’s sufficient legroom and headroom regardless of where you’re sitting. For V variant even takes this up a notch by including a tray table mounted behind the front seats. Also, there are AC vents spread all throughout the interior.

For a future version, we’d like to see more advanced features that we’re seeing from newer vehicles like electronically adjustable seats and cooled seats. Also, a larger touchscreen unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto like the recent update on the Toyota Fortuner.

A picture of the interior of the 2019 Toyota innova touring sport

We would also like to think that a future 2020 Innova would have leather-clad surfaces instead of fabric

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4.Toyota Innova Philippines: Engine and Performance

With the current 2nd-gen Innova version, the Innova has two engine options; 2.8-liter turbo diesel and a 2.0 liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine. The 2.8 liter makes around 171 horsepower and 360 Nm of torque and the 2.0 liter makes around 136 horsepower and 183 of torque. This makes the current Innova one of the most powerful MPVs currently available right now.

So when it comes to a future Innova engine, there are a lot of rumors coming from Indian car enthusiasts and Indian car news because the Innova is really popular over there. One is that Toyota might be looking into dropping the diesel engine from the Innova all-together. This is due to the increasingly tightening Indian emissions standards called the BS-VI. There is no doubt after-all that gasoline engines are cleaner to run.

Another possible powertrain for the Toyota Innova might be hybrid. This is in lieu of the fact that like other manufacturers, the Japanese company has also been fast-tracking the development of hybrid power trains to “electrify” their model line. It also covers the previous issue of the increasing emission standards.

To expand upon the information stated above, there’s a wide range of possibilities as to what specific engine could possibly fulfill this role as most of Toyota’s hybrid trains are designed to power front-wheel-drive vehicles. But if we might hazard a guess, the 2.0-liter gasoline, with a few tweaks, might fit in a hybrid propulsion system quite nicely.

For now, though, take this aforementioned theory with a grain of salt. Hybrids after-all are very expensive currently in the market in comparison to the internal combustion engine. Releasing a hybrid Innova will undoubtedly shake up its current position in the MPV market segment as such, only time will tell in the end.

A picture of the Toyota 2.8 liter turbo-diesel engine on the Innova

Would the brilliant but aging 2.8-liter diesel return for the 2020 Innova or would Toyota give it something else?

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5. Toyota Innova Philippines: Safety Review

Currently, the Toyota Innova is a pretty safe vehicle. It’s equipped with ABS with EBD, a sufficient amount of airbags, and engine immobilizer.

A picture of the Toyota innova airbags activated

Here's the current model Innova's airbags mid-deployment

While that’s all well and good currently, a future Toyota Innova 2020 would do quite well in the eyes of consumers if it came with the Toyota Safety Sense. This collection of very high-tech active safety technologies comes with a pre-collision system and pedestrian detection which uses an integrated camera and a radar system, a lane departure alert, automatic high beams and cruise control which can adjust itself in terms of speed and braking.

6. Toyota Innova Philippines: Variants & Price list

For your reference, here are the current Toyota Innova Philippines price list 2019.

Toyota Innova 2.0 J MT
Php 1,025,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 J Diesel MT
Php 1,113,000
Toyota Innova 2.0 E Gas MT
Php 1,177,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 E Diesel AT
Php 1,319,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 G Diesel MT
Php 1,451,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 V Diesel AT price
Php 1,679,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 G Diesel AT price
Php 1,521,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 E Diesel MT price
Php 1,249,000
Toyota Innova 2.0 E Gas AT price
Php 1,247,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 Touring Sport Diesel MT price
Php 1,320,000
Toyota Innova 2.8 Touring Sport Diesel AT price
Php 1,390,000

>>> View full Toyota Innova Philippines price list with estimated monthly installment

7. Toyota Innova Philippines: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Toyota Innova Touring Sport?

The Touring Sport variant is the latest addition to the Innova lineup. Having been introduced to Philippine market since 2017, the Touring Sport comes equipped with a number of additional features such as 6-inch matte black alloys, chrome grille, and smoked headlamps.

Q: What are the available colors of the Toyota Innova?

The Innova comes in seven color options including Red Mica Metallic, Freedom White, White Pearl, Silver Metallic, Alumina Jade Metallic, Blackish Red Mica and Black Mica.

Q: How many variants does the Toyota Innova come offered with?

The Innova is available with 15 variants, ranging from P1,036,000 for the base model to P1,694,000 for the top-of-the-line model.

Q: How is the seating capacity of the Toyota Innova?

The Innova is able to fit seven people for the V variant and eight for the other variants.

8. Toyota Innova Review: Conclusion

The Toyota Innova as an MPV model is not only a best seller, but it might possibly one of the best MPVs currently available here in the country right now. As such, it would be a huge loss of opportunity if Toyota doesn’t update this brilliant vehicle soon.

As per our rumors though, please take this with a grain of salt. Toyota is quite secretive with what they’re working on, so as we’ve said countless times before, let’s just wait and see what will happen to the new Toyota Innova 2020 Philippines.

A picture of theToyota Innova Touring sport

So, what do you think the future 2020 Toyota Innova would be like?

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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