In 2005 Toyota finally replaced its Tamaraw Revo AUV with the Toyota Innova. Not only was the “Tamaraw” name not present on the Japanese carmaker’s new model, it also removed all traces of its AUV predecessors. The Innova had a sleek aerodynamic silhouette that was distinctly that of an MPV. It rode on Toyota’s new IMV (Innovative International Multipurpose Vehicle) architecture which it shares with the Fortuner SUV and Hilux pickup. It was powered by modern VVTi gasoline and D-4D diesel engines. The first gen Innova stayed in production for over a decade nearly unchanged save for a few cosmetic updates. The current second generation Toyota Innova landed on our shores in early 2016. Measuring 4735mm x 1830mm x 1795mm, its dimensions are greater than that of the model it replaces, particularly its overall length which is up by a whopping 150mm. When it comes to looks, the new Toyota Innova is still clearly an MPV but its styling is now inspired by Toyota’s crossover and SUV models. Its front end is dominated by a huge angular grille flanked by large swept-back headlights; this more aggressive look is reminiscent of the US-market Highlander SUV. The new Innova’s sides feature clean lines and prominent shoulder lines. The upswept rearmost side windows, near-triangular D-pillars, and the angular horizontal taillights with prominent corners are very RAV4-like. Inside, it features a stylish contemporary Toyota interior that can still accommodate up to seven people. The flowing shape of the upper part of the dashboard and its gauge cluster layout are both reminiscent of the one on the Corolla Altis. Variants above the E trim-level come with an 8-inch touch screen. The higher end V and G variants come with automatic climate control. All variants come with a cooled upper glove box that can fit a few small bottles. The new Innova still rides on an IMV chassis with the same 2750mm wheelbase. Like its predecessor, it gets an independent double wishbone coil spring front suspension and a live axle coil spring rear suspension. All variants have vented front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. The new Innova is available with a 2.0-liter Dual VVT-i 1TR-FE gasoline mill which produces 136hp and 183Nm of torque, and a more powerful 2.8-liter 1GD-FTV oil-burner which pumps out an impressive 171hp and 360Nm of torque on automatic transmission variants and 167hp and 343Nm of torque on manual transmission variants. Both gasoline and diesel variants can be ordered with either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission. Like its predecessor, it remains rear-wheel drive-only. Like other new generation Toyota models, safety has been improved across the board. Variants come with dual airbags, a driver’s knee airbag, and anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution. All seven occupants get three-point seatbelts, the second row seats come with two ISOFIX child seat anchors. The range-topping V variant gets additional safety features like side and curtain airbags and electronic stability control. While Pearl paint is available on "G" and "V" variants for an additional P15,000.