Toyota Innova Review & Ratings
- 13 September 2016
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Toyota Innova is classified as a compact MPV and is manufactured by Toyota. Production of this vehicle takes place in Indonesia under the direct supervision of Toyota Astra Motor since 2004. The Innova effectively replaced the Kijang and was first produced as well as marketed in Indonesia in 2004. This vehicle is part of Toyota’s IMV program, along with the Hilux Vigo pickup truck and the Fortuner. Its official name in Indonesia is the Toyota Kijang Innova, while it is simply known as the Innova in other markets around the world.
The Innova is sold in a number of different countries, including India, where it replaced the Toyota Qualis. The Innova is also sold in Malaysia where it replaced the Toyota Unser, Tawain where it replaced the Toyota Zace Surf, and Vietnam where it replaced the Toyota Zace. This vehicle uses either a gasoline-powered 2.0 liter 136 PS VVT-I, a 2.7 liter 2TR-FE variant, or a 2.5 liter 102 PS 2KD-FTV D4-D common rail diesel engine. Some of the different trim levels that are available for this vehicle include J, E, G, and V. The 2.70 liter is only available for the V model though and comes with an automatic transmission.
The 2.7 liter gasoline engine was eventually discontinued in the Indonesian market because there wasn’t enough of a demand for it. The diesel variants of this vehicle all use a turbocharged version of the 2KD-FTV engine which is capable of producing up to 102 horsepower and 260 Nm of torque. The gasoline and diesel versions of this vehicle are both available with either a manual or automatic transmission, and all variants of the Innova use a RWD configuration.
In 2009, the Innova received a significant facelift with a few major changes to the rear bumper, front grille, and rear tail lamps. All of the V versions of this vehicle use updated wheels. Some of the interior features of the newly facelifted Innova include automatic climate control, parking sensors, an in-dash CD changer, and side door impact beams. This vehicle went on sale in various countries throughout the Middle East as well as Far East Asia. This new version of the Innova was launched in 2008 in the Philippines and in January of the next year in India. In Indonesia, the facelifted versions of this vehicle include the E variant, which uses quite a few of the same components as the first generation G variant.
In July of 2011, PT Toyota Astea Motor launched another facelifted version of the Innova in 2011. This vehicle featured redesigned headlights as well as a new grille, bumpers, tail lights, and bonnet. The interior received some updates as well, including the steering wheel and air-conditioning knobs for all non-V variants, and a revised center dashboard. In August of 2013, Toyota Indonesia released a few photos of this vehicle’s third facelift to the public. Some of these changes included a larger grille along with redesigned bumpers and a brand new trunk garnish which only applied to the E, G, and V versions.
The Innova launched in May of 2005 in Malaysia, effectively replacing the Toyota Unser. This vehicle became instantly popular with consumers and a very large number of units were sold within the first year after its release. Both the Innova and Unser are powered by 1TR-FE 2.0 liter engines that feature VVT-i. These powertrains are available with both five speed manual or four speed automatic with ECT. This vehicle has been sold in markets all around the world under different names with different engine options, but it has always experienced an overwhelming amount of success, no matter where it has been sold.