This year has seen a slew of MPV debuts. The Toyota Veloz, the updated Mitsubishi Xpander, and, most recently, the Honda BR-V were all released. But there is another major debut this year, and it may be one of the most significant premieres in 2022.
It looks very different
Sure thing. This new Innova is going for a more crossover-like design than the previous generation, which looked more like MPVs with front-hinged rear doors. The front fascia has been updated with a more pronounced and wider grille, a lower and longer hood, and larger, wraparound headlights. Sharper angles and a beefier front bumper contribute to the vehicle’s more aggressive appearance.
Toyota claims that the new design is more SUV-like than before, although we see more of a crossover influence. The company took cues from the Veloz and covered the car’s lower half in plastic cladding. The Highlander (or Kluger, if you’re from Australia or New Zealand) crossover is recognisable by its taller profile, wider doors, and windows, which set it apart from the previous generation.
The tailgate is larger and the taillights are mounted higher, both of which should make it simpler to load cargo.
Under the skin
The Innova wasn’t merely redesigned externally. The newest, third-generation version is completely different from the two before it. The new Innova also has a different chassis than the Hilux and Fortuner. This new iteration uses the TNGA-C chassis, which gives it a more car-like profile. Its structure is identical to that of the Corolla Altis and the Corolla Cross. That’s why the new Innova is front-wheel drive, another radical departure from the norm.
Those who are familiar with previous generations of the Innova are in for a rude awakening with this one. Wraparound in style, the dashboard recalls the instrument panels found in modern Toyota SUVs and crossovers. Moreover, the gear selector and other controls are integrated into the dashboard, eliminating the need for a bulky console.
Toyota claims the newfound width and spaciousness of the cabin are the result of the switch to a front-wheel drive platform. Additionally, the Innova’s third-row seats now fold flat to maximise cargo capacity. Even the third row, which Toyota says can carry three people, is spacious. The last teaser image revealed that a panoramic sunroof is an available upgrade for the Innova.
Finally, Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 will be offered on the Innova. Automatic High Beam, Lane Departure Alert, and Lane Tracing Assist are just some of the safety features included.
New Toyota Innova Power
The biggest change is that the Innova no longer has a turbodiesel engine as an option. Two new engine options have been added, both with a 2.0-liter displacement: a gas and a hybrid gas powerplant. The non-hybrid engine produces 172 horsepower and 205 Nm of torque, which is a significant improvement over the 2.0-liter one seen in older Innova models. The combined system output of the hybrid is 184 horsepower.
Another unexpected change in the new Innova is that it no longer offers a manual transmission. Sadly, a six-speed automatic transmission is no longer an option for the Innova. Only a continuously variable transmission with ten gears is available. For reasons already stated, the engine drives the front wheels.
New Toyota Innova Launch Date
For the time being, that is the big unknown. Since it has already been unveiled and released in Indonesia, the revamped Innova should be available soon. We believe Toyota Motor Philippines is working overtime to introduce the Innova to the local market because of how popular it is elsewhere.