The refreshed Toyota Innova might land in PH in February

We’re told that the gasoline variants are going to be discontinued
by TopGear.com.ph | Jan 29, 2021
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Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) had a lot—and we really mean a lot—of car launches in 2020. The new Wigo, the new Vios, the new Hilux, and the new Fortuner, among many others. Heck, even the Yaris that we were expecting to arrive this year was officially unveiled back in December.

Now, if you’re wondering what Toyota’s planning to launch next, we reckon you’re not alone. Fortunately for you guys, we might just have an answer: the facelifted Innova. Yes, the sporty-looking MPV that landed in Indonesia back in October.

According to a trusted source, TMP is getting ready to introduce the refreshed version of this popular nameplate in the third quarter of February. What should we expect from it, then? Well, our guy told us that the new-look Innova will get the significant redesigns you see here.

The Toyota Innova Refresh - Fron and Rear View

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External tweaks for the Innova

The face will supposedly get the majority of the rework, similar to the Innova pictured above. It’ll get a new grille, a new bumper, new DRLs, and some tweaks with the foglights and signal lamps. Inside, select variants will get updated colors and a new instrument cluster. Apple CarPlay- and Android Auto-compatible infotainment systems will also be equipped on all trims except the base J variant.

Meanwhile, our source mentioned that vehicle stability control and hill-start assist control will be available across the range. The top V and G variants will now also come with a reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors.

The Toyota Innova Refresh - Profile View

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Updates from under the hood

Now, as for what’s under the hood, we’re told that the Innova will see no new powertrains, only that the gasoline engines will be cut from the lineup. That means only the 167hp, 343Nm 2.8-liter turbodiesel will be available, and it won’t get the new 201hp, 500Nm 2.8-liter mill on the Fortuner and Hilux.

We’ve no idea yet at this point how much this facelifted model will be priced, so we’ll just have to wait and see. Also, take note that nothing is official yet as of this writing, so we’ll keep you posted once TMP makes the official announcement.

So, are you keeping your fingers crossed for this launch? We know we are.

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