The words “sporty” and “MPV” don’t really go together in the same sentence. Fortunately, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) does offer the Innova Touring Sport that gives the MPV some sporting touches. This is ideal for the titos of Manila that want to stay cool while driving something practical at the same time. Now if your cool, sporty tito wants something even sportier that comes with the TRD name and a better-looking body kit, then this Innova TRD Sportivo is perfect for him.
Launched in Indonesia, the TRD Sportivo is essentially a styling kit available on the Innova (or Kijang as they call it). On the outside, the changes do give the Innova a sportier look. At the same time, it’s not as loud as compared to the Touring Sport sold locally. That’s because the TRD Sportivo's front lip, side skirts, and rear bumper extension are painted to match the rest of the body. Apart from the TRD Sportivo badge on the tailgate and the sticker on the rear doors, the only other visual changes are the new black 17-inch wheels.
Interestingly, Toyota Indonesia offers the TRD Sportivo kit in both G and V variants. As such, you can effectively order the top of the line V variant and have all the luxury amenities including the wood-trimmed dash, automatic climate control, and LED mood lights. No doubt we’re also jealous of the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system which can be controlled by hand gestures.
Despite getting the sportier look, the Innova TRD Sportivo is, unfortunately, all show and no go. The only engine option is a 2.4-liter turbo diesel which produces 149 PS and 360 Nm torque. For reference, this is the same engine found in the Fortuner albeit with less torque. Meanwhile, a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic are the two transmission options. In comparison, the Philippine-spec Innova is fitted with a more powerful 2.8-liter diesel mill which produces 171 PS and 360 Nm torque.
Considering that the TRD Sportivo is essentially just a styling kit, it is possible for TMP to offer it locally as an optional extra. At least with the Philippine-spec Innova, it will have the power to match the looks. No doubt cool the titos would be flocking to dealerships to have the kit added onto their Innovas.