Upcoming facelifted 2021 Toyota Innova explored in the metal

Updated Feb 04, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Malaysia and Indonesia now have the facelifted Innova. Maybe we’re next.

Last year in October, Toyota released the facelifted 2021 Toyota Innova in Indonesia. Now, UMW Toyota Motor then launched the refreshed Toyota-mad MPV in the Malaysian market. As such, it seems that it’s only a matter of time before the Philippine market gets the facelifted Toyota Innova. 

So, what’s with the 2021 Innova? One of the most obvious changes made to the Innova’s 2021 refresh is found on its front fascia. It has gained a more compact trapezoidal grille, a sharper-looking pair of LED headlights, and the position and housing of the front fog lamps were changed to look more modern. 

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For the rear, the higher-trip variants received a blacked-out tailgate trim, and the taillights are now surrounded by black pieces that make its L-shape pop-out even more.

For the Malaysia-spec Innova 2.0X, it gets front and rear bumper spoilers, new wheel arch moldings, and revised side skirts. It also gets a new dark grey metallic set of 17-inch alloy wheels.  

A picture of the facelifted Innova 2.0X available in Malaysia

The Malaysia-spec Innova 2.0X

Inside, the Malaysian top-of-the-line Innova now comes standard with black leather upholstery, as well as an electronically adjustable seat for the driver. For entertainment, the top-spec 2.0X and the mid-range variant also gets a 9-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Indonesian model received the same touchscreen, but without the aforementioned smartphone connectivity software.

In comparison, the current top-spec Toyota Innova for the Philippine market only has a manually adjustable driver’s seat, and a smaller touchscreen with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, and Aux only.  

A picture of the Toyota Innova V Luxury interior

Inside the Malaysia-spec facelifted Innova V Luxury

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For seating capacity though, not much has changed. The top-of-the-line models still get captain seats and can fit in up to seven, and the rest can still comfortably seat up to eight.

Overall, the new look of the Innova isn’t a subtle change at all. The new trapezoidal grille found on the Malaysian and the Indonesian-spec Innova facelift provides it with a more aggressive look, which of course enhances the MPV’s macho appeal.

Moreover, the top-spec models equipped with the black trim are sportier-looking than the previous version. This is especially true with the Malaysian 2.0X variant, which looks even more aggressive than the Indonesian Luxury V variant.

A picture of the 2021 Toyota Innova V Luxury available in Malaysia

The facelifted, Malaysia-spec 2021 Toyota Innova V Luxury

So, when will Toyota Philippines introduce the facelifted Innova locally? Well, Toyota Motor Philippines will reportedly be launching several new models in 2021. According to the information we have, this includes the facelifted Innova.

When the all-new 2021 Toyota Innova is finally launched, Philkotse.com will be among the first to talk about it, so keep reading here for more updates. 

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Toyota Innova

<p>The Toyota Innova is one of the best-sellers of Toyota Motor Philippines. It is a compact MPV that can accommodate seven occupants while other variants have a seating capacity of eight. The Toyota Innova became a logical choice in the MPV segment because of its seating capacity, diesel mill, and raised ride height. It is the main reason why the Toyota Innova is one of the annual top-sellers in the country. This is a testament to how appealing this compact MPV is to Filipino car buyers. The current generation Toyota Innova has a larger dimension than its predecessor. The overall exterior of the Toyota Innova is obviously an MPV, but the styling is inspired by the SUV and crossover models of the Japanese brand. Dominating the front end of the Innova is a large angular grille and large swept-back headlights. It gives the Toyota Innova a more aggressive appearance that reminds us of the U.S &ndash; market Highlander SUV. On the side, it features clean and notable shoulder lines. It has features similar to the RAV4, particularly the near-triangular D-pillars, angular horizontal taillights, and upswept rearmost side windows. The facelifted 2nd-gen Toyota Innova is offered with the 2.8L 1GD-FTV engine that produces 167 hp and 343 Nm of torque on manual transmission variants and an impressive 171 horsepower and 360 Newton-meter of torque on an automatic transmission. The Toyota Innova shares the same platform with the Fortuner and Hilux.</p>

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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