When Toyota launched the updated Hilux and Fortuner, we were curious if they will put in the more powerful 2.8-liter turbodiesel in the Innova. The three share the same platform anyway, so it should fit right in the MPV.
Unfortunately, it's not as simple as that. For those hoping the facelifted Innova will pack 204 PS and 500 Nm under the hood, we have bad news. It looks like the 2021 Innova won't get the same power upgrade from the Hilux and Fortuner.
Toyota just released the facelifted Innova in Thailand, and we took a look at the specs. While it still uses the 2.8-liter diesel, the figures are almost identical to the ones we have now. Power is up by one horsepower, meaning it now makes 172 PS, while torque is still at 360 Nm. It's pretty far from the numbers in the Hilux and Fortuner have.
With that, it's unlikely that the locally-assembled Innovas will get the same power from its more potent stablemates. We doubt the sales volume here will convince Toyota to give the Philippine-built Innova that engine too, as we sell far fewer units than Thailand and other neighboring countries. While the idea of an MPV having 500 Nm of torque sounds incredible, we'll have to accept Toyota's decision to keep the Innova's power levels at where it is now.
But this does stir up a debate: Did Toyota make the right call? It's always good to have more power and torque. If the Innova comes with a high-output engine, it will make short work of passing and carrying loads. On the other hand, it might be a little too much for the Innova's purpose, and it might also affect the fuel economy, which is something many would consider when purchasing a family car. Let's not forget that the power bump could make it more expensive to buy, given that it's an updated engine.
Either way, the 2021 Innova's engine specs are impressive. Remember, it wasn't that long ago when this MPV barely made over 100 horsepower, and we could say that the Innova's diesel engine has come a long way since then.