About a week ago, photos of the updated Toyota Innova surfaced online after one was spotted outside a Vietnam dealership. At the time, it wasn't certain if it was the new-look Innova or simply a different version of the MPV. Now, we can confirm that the car spotted in Vietnam was really the facelifted version.
Toyota Indonesia made it official, and it looks much like the one seen last October 8. There are the redesigned bumpers, which now has more defined corners. The new-look Innova also has slimmer and upright turn signal lamps. With that, Toyota moved the fog lights just below the center intake.
The other more obvious change is the grille. Taking some inspiration from the Corolla Cross, it has more slats and appears slimmer than before. As for the headlights, it looks similar to the pre-facelift model, right down to the LED daytime running lights. Also new for 2021 are the wheels, which now comes with a two-tone design.
However, there is a significant difference between the Indonesian and Vietnamese versions of the Innova. The Indonesia-spec Innova has a black panel on the tailgate whereas the Vietnam version does not. We won't know what the local model will look like since the Innova is assembled here. The Philippine-built Innova might even look a little different from the overseas models.
Like the Fortuner, the 2021 Innova has a special top-spec variant. It's dubbed the Venturer, and the local version might have it, albeit with a different name. Looking at the current Innova range, that variant could be called the Touring Sport. That version comes with body cladding, gloss black highlights, and wheels exclusive to that variant.
Inside, it doesn't seem like a lot of changes were made to the popular MPV. As far as the dashboard design goes, it's largely the same as the current model. There is a new infotainment system, but that could vary from country to country. In Indonesia, the Innova is available with a rear-entertainment package, which we hope becomes an option here, too.
As for the engine options, there are two to choose from, namely a 2.0-liter gas or 2.4-liter turbodiesel for Indonesia. Locally, we are likely to get the 2.0-liter gas and the 2.8-liter turbodiesel like the current model. However, what isn't known is if the diesel benefits from the recent power upgrade the Fortuner received. If so, the prospect of a 204 PS, 500 Nm Innova sounds appetizing, doesn't it?
So when will Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) launch the facelifted Innova? It depends on several factors since it is manufactured locally. If TMP has the tooling for the facelift model, they could launch it before the year ends. If not, we might have to wait until the first quarter of 2021 to see it.