There seems to be no stopping Toyota from releasing new and facelifted models. Despite the pandemic, the automaker launched the refreshed Vios, Wigo, Hilux, Fortuner, as well as the all-new Corolla Cross this year. It was then followed up by the updated Innova which recently made its global debut over in Indonesia.

But despite the arrival of the refreshed Innova, the pre-facelift model has yet to undergo an ASEAN NCAP test...until now. What is the result? Well, the MPV was actually awarded a maximum five-star rating after it scored top marks in both the adult occupancy and child occupancy tests.

Starting with the former, the MPV scored 45.90 points as it provided adequate protection for both the driver and front passenger in the frontal and side-impact tests. The latter, meanwhile, resulted in the Innova garnering perfect points in both the frontal (8.00) and side-impact (4.00) tests. Both child occupancy tests were conducted with the use of an 18-month child dummy, and a 3-year old dummy seated in appropriate child seats.

Not only is the Innova a safe vehicle in an event of a crash, but it's also equipped with safety features too. Depending on where the Innova is offered in Southeast Asia, the MPV is available with electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, and dual front SRS airbags. Despite not having Toyota Safety Sense, ASEAN NCAP still gave the Innova a commendable 15.28 points for Safety Assist Technologies.

2021 Toyota Innova scores perfect five-star rating from ASEAN NCAP image

With its five-star safety rating, the 2020 Innova joins Toyota's long list of safe vehicles, and we expect the same ratings to be carried over to the new model. With the refreshed Hilux and Fortuner already making their way to the country, perhaps it won't be long now before Toyota Motor Philippines also brings in the updated Innova.