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Toyota’s Innova MPV, gets its first major refresh since its introduction in February 2016, much to the excitement of many Filipino consumers looking for value with unparalleled performance coupled with the brand’s legendary reliability. 

These changes freshen up the aging MPV that has ably dominated its segment since the launch of the third vehicle in Toyota’s IMV platform-sharing architecture.

The changes are mostly cosmetic: new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheel designs depending on variant, a new front fascia that ties in with Toyota’s global design language similar to its light trucks particularly in the US Market (think Tundra, Tacoma pick-ups and Sequoia, 4Runner and RAV4 SUV’s with its bigger and bolder hexagonal radiator grill). There are bigger and bolder turn signal indicators, repositioned fog lamps and full LED lighting available for the V variant. The rear tail lamps remain similar in basic shape and size, but now carry a subtle black outline to give it a more sophisticated feel.

Seven colors are available: Super White, White Pearl, Crystal Shine, Silver Metallic, Black, Blackish Red Mica, Alumina Jade Metallic and Red Mica Metallic.

Sitting inside, you’re greeted with revised interior fabrics, and an updated dash that houses a new multi-media touchscreen infotainment system that finally has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A reverse camera is available on the top-tier models, while lower models can be fitted with a reverse camera from the dealer as an accessory option. Some of the dash plastics have also been revised with matte black instead of shiny / glossy black.

All the improvements are more than just skin deep of course: Toyota has fortified the Innova with essential safety upgrades. Hill-Start Assist and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) is now standard across the range, plus ABS equipped brakes. The V variant does one better with ABS-EBD brakes plus emergency brake assist and seven airbags, while the other variants get at least three (driver, front passenger and driver’s knee airbag). In the event of the ABS or VSC triggering, the brake lights flash to warn motorists behind of danger so they can react appropriately and avoid your vehicle.  

Toyota Motors Philippines is confident about the Innova’s success for 2021 and beyond. The Innova proudly remains to be locally manufactured in Santa Rosa, Laguna and will thus be unaffected by the impending Safeguard Tax (or bond) that will be levied on imported vehicles soon. While most other similar light trucks, pick-ups and SUV’s will surely have some form of price increase due to this, the Innova should be insulated by the added cost and thus be even more attractive to cost conscious buyers looking for durability, dependability and a taller than normal ride height capable of braving bad roads and weather conditions.

The prices for the model range are Innova V AT P1,739,000, Innova G AT P1,592,000, Innova G MT P1,537,000, Innova E AT P1,355,000, Innova E MT P1,285,000 and Innova J MT P1,186,000.

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