Facelifted 2021 Innova makes you think which brand-new Toyota to buy

Updated Oct 07, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Are you willing to wait for the local launch of the new Innova?

Leaked images of a supposedly facelifted 2021 Toyota Innova have been circulating online. It could be accurate or just a playful prank to stir everyone’s interest. However, the leaked images could be leaning more towards the accurate side since the current Innova is up for a model cycle change. 

In the Philippines, the current Toyota Innova made its debut in 2016, which means that the said MPV has been wearing the same look for about four years now. As such, Toyota’s MPV is now a worthy candidate for a model cycle change or to undergo a facelift.

The images of the facelifted Innova came from Indonesia, which could further suggest that Toyota is preparing the launch of its MPV in the ASEAN region. Aside from the images, Hum3D released rendered images of the facelifted Innova, giving us a clearer picture of what we can expect in the new Toyota MPV.  

Facelifted 2021 Toyota Innova

This is reportedly the new look of the Toyota Innova [Photo Hum3D]

At first glance, the facelifted 2021 Toyota Innova shares a bit of similarity to the new Hilux. It now gets a larger grille that comes with chrome horizontal slats. Moreover, the Innova’s bumper now looks more aggressive than the current model. It also comes with a restyled fog lamp design that looks like small fangs when the Innova is viewed from the front. The headlights also get a subtle design makeover as it now has chrome extension trims. 

Facelifted 2021 Toyota Innova

The 2021 Toyota Innova gets a new set of wheels [Photo Hum3D]

The side of the Innova looks similar to the current model except for the new set of wheels. It now looks more stylish than the ones found on the current Innova. Reports are saying the new alloy wheel design will be sold either with a silver finish or a darker look, depending on the variant. The rear as well as the interior of the Innova are expected to have carry-over designs from the current model.

Facelifted 2021 Toyota Innova

The rear of the 2021 Innova looks similar to the current model  [Photo Hum3D]

There is no official word yet when it comes to the powertrain details of the 2021 Toyota Innova. The current Philippine-spec Innova is powered by either a 2.8-liter turbodiesel or a 2.0-liter gasoline engine. 

If the leaked images are indeed accurate, we could expect to see the official launch of the facelifted Innova by the first quarter of 2021. Since the leaked images came from Indonesia, it could be the first ASEAN market to hold the official launch of the facelifted Toyota MPV.

Facelifted 2021 Toyota Innova

The facelifted Toyota Innova could debut early next year [Photo B Channel Indonesia]

Now, we’re guessing that the local car buyers could have a difficult time deciding on which new Toyota vehicle to buy. As we all know, the new Fortuner is set to be launched in the Philippines this month. With that, would you go for the Fortuner or wait for the launch of the facelifted Innova?

Moreover, Toyota Motor Philippines just launched the Hilux and the Corolla Cross, vehicles that are worthy to be on your list in case you’re looking to buy a brand-new Toyota. Plus, all of the said vehicles have variants that are relatively priced within the same range, which is a good dilemma. So, are you willing to wait for the facelifted Innova’s local launch or are you ready to pull the trigger on other new Toyota vehicles offered locally?

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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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Martin Aguilar

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Martin is the Content Editor of Philkotse. His love for cars first started when he got a remote-controlled toy as a birthday present. Then, Martin’s interest in cars was further developed through his family’s humble collection of Japanese cars.

Martin started his writing career as an editorial assistant and writer for various magazines under ABS-CBN Publishing. Before joining Philkotse, Martin was a writer for Autoindustriya then shifted gears in 2017 to become the editor for AutoDeal.

Aside from his interest in cars, Martin loves to read crime-thriller novels, play basketball in the virtual world, eat tapsilog, and go for random road trip adventures.

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