The current Toyota Innova is the second-generation which reached our shores in February 2016. The popular MPV comes with four variants – the base model J, lower-tier E, middle trim G, and the top-spec V variant. Two engine choices and two transmission options are available in this MPV. It’s either the 2.0L gasoline engine or a 2.8L turbo-diesel engine.
The Japanese brand will later introduce another variant to its lineup called the Touring Sport. The new variant would get the G and E variants' best features since it will slot in between them. The Touring Sport variant also has additional exterior features than the standard Toyota Innova variant, such as body kits and blacked-out wheels.
Toyota Motor Philippines launched the second-generation Toyota Innova with prices ranging from Php 919,000 to Php 1,460,000.
Upfront, the Toyota Innova features a multi-reflector halogen headlight except for the V variant that comes with LED projector-type headlamps with clearance lamps and the Touring Sport variant that comes with a smoked multi-reflector halogen headlight.
This MPV comes with a colored-keyed bumper with a rear reflector. The grille, however, varies from one variant to another.
The V variants of the Toyota Innova also features LED fog lights with chrome bezel. Halogen fog lights and chrome bezels are featured in the rest of the lineup except the J-spec that does not have fog lights.
The G and V variants come with grip type exterior door handles with chrome accents. The J and Touring variants only get color-keyed door handles.
Seven people can sit inside the V variant of the Toyota Innova, while the rest of the lineup has an 8-seater cabin. The whole lineup gets a fabric seating material with varying colors depending on the variant. The interior's primary color is black with silver accents on aircon vents and across the dashboard. The trim of the passenger dash accent will change depending on the MPV’s variant.
Tray tables mounted behind the front seats and captain chairs for the second row are available in V variants. For the G variants, foldable tray tables are available that can be stored away easily.
Overall, the Toyota Innova gets a stylish contemporary interior. The upper part of the dashboard features a flowing shape. The gauge cluster is pretty the same as that of the Corolla Altis. An 8-inch touch screen is available for variants above the E trim-level.
Handling the entertainment of the Toyota Innova is a 2-DIN touch screen display that measures 7 inches. It comes as a standard in all its lineup; however, there are differences between variants. The Touring Sport, G and V variants of this popular MPV gets a USB, Navigation and AUV input with six speakers. However, the E variant lacks Navigation and comes with only four speakers but still has USB and AUX capabilities similar to other models.
Push-start ignition and automatic climate control are also available in the top variants of Toyota Innova.
Intermittent wipers, along with mist function and time adjuster, are also available in G and V variants that come as standard. The rear wiper is a standard feature in all its lineup, however, it lacks intermittent functions.
Some of the standard safety features in this popular MPV are driver and passenger airbag, child safety locks, ABS, crash sensors, and front and side-impact beams.
Toyota Innova is a 5-door wagon compact MPV that shares the same platform with the Fortuner and Hilux. It sits on Toyota's IMV platform with a front-engine.
The halting is handled by ventilated discs for the front brakes and leading-trailing drum brakes for the rear brakes.
The front suspension of the Toyota Innova is handled by an independent double-wishbone coil. The rear suspension, on the other hand, gets a 4-link coil spring system – the same suspension system used in its predecessor.
There are two engine options available in the Toyota Innova. The first option is the 2.0L gasoline engine, and the second one is the 2.8L turbocharged diesel mill. The 2.0L Dual VVT-I 1TR-FE gasoline engine produces 136 horsepower and torque of 183 Newton-meter. The 2.8L 1GD FTV diesel engine creates an impressive output of 171 hp and 360 Nm of torque when paired with automatic transmission, and 167hp and 343 Nm of torque when partnered with manual transmission.
Both the diesel and gasoline variants can be ordered with either 6-speed automatic transmission or 5-speed manual transmission. Just like its predecessor, the Toyota Innova comes with a rear-wheel-drive layout.
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