Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has officially launched the facelifted 2021 Innova, shaking up the MPV segment. It will go up against the likes of the Maxus G50, Geely Okavango, among others.
Here's the 2021 Toyota Innova in the metal
Aside from getting a refreshed fascia, TMP has revamped the model variant lineup for the 2021 Innova. There will now only be a total of six variants that all come with a 2.8-liter diesel engine. Similar to the Fortuner, the 2021 Innova will no longer have a gasoline variant.
Facelifted Toyota Innova
The facelifted 2021 Toyota Innova shares a bit of similarity to the new Hilux due to the grille design. Speaking of which, the Toyota Innova now gets a larger grille that comes with horizontal slats. Toyota’s MPV also gets a more aggressive bumper as compared to the outgoing model. The refreshed fascia is further highlighted by the restyled turn signal design that looks like small fangs when the Innova is viewed from the front. Completing the facelifted look is the slightly revised headlight design, which comes in LED for the top-spec Innova V variant.
It still has the same distinctive look
Turning at the side, the Innova still carries similar design cues that are seen in the outgoing model. It still has the same character lines that run from front to the rear as well as chrome door handles. The side mirrors also look similar to the old model. Of note, the top-spec V variant gets a set of 17-inch alloy wheels while the G and E trims get 16-inch alloys. On the other hand, the entry-level J variant comes equipped with a set of 16-inch steel.
Subtle changes on the rear
Nothing much has changed to the Innova’s rear as well. It still gets the same taillight design as well as the same look for the bumper. However, the noticeable change that you can spot is the glossy black trim on the tailgate, which is placed between the Innova’s taillights.
2021 Toyota Innova still features the same dashboard layout
The interior layout of the 2021 Toyota Innova features carryover designs from the outgoing model. It has the same dashboard design, center console, automatic climate control, and steering wheel. The Innova V variant still sports a two-tone interior theme of black and brown. Of note, TMP said that the top-spec Innova V comes with a new two-tone interior color of Noble Brown and Black. Even the instrument cluster is not altered for the 2021 Innova. Well, this is expected since this Innova is a facelifted model only.
Interior of the 2021 Toyota Innova
As such, the V and G variants are still equipped with ambient lighting, foldable seatback table, and a one-touch tumble down second-row seat. In addition, the 2021 Innova features a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen that’s integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (for V, G, and E variants). The entry-level J variant, on the other hand, is equipped with 2DIN headunit.
The 2021 Innova can still accommodate up to eight individuals including the driver. But, the top-spec Innova V can only seat up to seven individuals since it comes with second-row captain seats.
Tech & Safety
The top-of-the-line Innova V is packed with tech and safety features that can make your drives more convenient. It is equipped with seven airbags (driver, front passenger, side, curtain, and knee). All 2021 Toyota Innova variants come standard with an anti-lock brake system with electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, vehicle stability control, hill start assist control, and Isofix. Meanwhile, the V and G variants feature speed-sensing door locks, a reverse camera as well as parking sensors.
All variants of the 2021 Toyota Innova are powered by a 2.8-liter diesel engine. The engine can be mated to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The manual transmission delivers 168 hp and 343 Nm of torque while the automatic gearbox puts out 172 hp and 360 Nm.
2021 Toyota Innova
The 2021 Toyota Innova is available in six variants with a starting price of Php 1,186,000 while the top-spec trim is priced at Php 1,739,000.
2.8 J Diesel MT – Php 1,186,000
2.8 E Diesel MT – Php 1,285,000
2.8 E Diesel AT – Php 1,355,000
2.8 G Diesel MT – Php 1,522,000
2.8 G Diesel AT – Php 1,592,000
2.8 V Diesel AT – Php 1,739,000
The facelifted Innova is available with the following exterior paint: Red Mica Metallic, Black 1, Alumina Jade Metallic, Blackish Red Mica, Silver Metallic 1, Super White II, and White Pearl Crystal Shine (additional Php 15,000).
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Know more about Toyota Innova
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 – 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.