Innova is an MPV designed by Toyota, stretching less than 4600 mm (181.1 in), meeting the regulation European system of size classification and is being produced in Indonesia under Toyota Astra Motor’s supervision since 2003. On the other hand the Toyota Kijang, replaced by Innova, is produced and marketed in Indonesia. Innova groups with the Hilux Vigo, pickup and the Fortuner SUV to form Toyota’s IMV program. It is officially named as Toyota Innova Kijang in Indonesia and Innova for other countries simply.
Innova is powered by ether a 2.0 liter 136 hp 1TR-FE VVT-I, 2.7 liter 2TR-FE VVT-I gasoline or a 2.5 liter 102 hp 2KD-FTV D4-D common rail, variable geometry, turbocharger, diesel engine. Trim levels include J, E, G and V. The 2.7 liter is only for V with automatic transmission. It also features a live rear axle and is of front engine rear wheel drive configuration. ABS, leather seats and captain chairs are included in the newly added V variant.
The Innova appears more like a minivan and the styling can be compared to Toyota’s other MPV offerings such as the USDM Toyota Sienna and the Toyota Previa. Innova is sold in India, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Brunei, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
The new Innova engine is different from the older Kijang gasoline engine. The plus point is that the new engine produces more power i.e. 2000cc but 1 liter carries the vehicle around 6-8 kilometers only. Amendments in the 2007 model equipped Innova with a close loop combustion system providing more mileage i.e. 1 liter carries the vehicle around 11-12 kilometers.
The most basic model of Innova found in Philippines and Indonesia. It comes with a standard 1-CD tuner with 2 speakers on the front only and a plastic interior along with steel wheels with full cap.
Most areas have Innova as the basic edition i.e. manual keys, no rear wiper and no fog lamps along with a standard tape i.e. cassette with manual tuner and 2 speakers on the front. It is also the cheapest and costs around 200 million rupiahs.
In the Philippines and Indonesia, it is the middle class edition of the Innova. It has manual keys (no remote control), a rear wiper, a high mount stop lamp, but no foglamps. It has power mirrors, door locks, windows, and a standard CD/MP3 tuner with four speakers. It also has ABS and a driver-side airbag.
This variant comes with enhanced features like color-keyed wing mirrors and door handles, moldings, a chrome tailgate garnish and the interior includes wood grain-styled trim on centre console and door base switch. The meter combination features Optitron illumination with a rheostat.
This is the top-of-the-line variant of Innova. It comes with fog lamps, leather seats, digital environment control panel, a DVD navigation system and captain seats. Chrome finis rear views and handles are also included. It costs nearly 250,000,000 Rupiah. In the Philippines, the V variant comes in two engines, a 1TR-FE 2.0L VVT-i gasoline engine and a 2KD-FTV 2.5L D4-D diesel engine, both are equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission and cost around PhP 1,140,000 for the gasoline and PhP 1,195,000 for the diesel. The V variant also equipped with ABS and Airbag system.
The Sport Runner is a new variant of Innova in the Philippines and is an upgraded E variant. Only a 2.5 L 2KD-FTV D4-D turbo diesel engine is available with the variant and has a choice between an automatic or manual stick-shift transmission. It also comes with power mirrors, door locks and windows along with a 1-DIN CD/MP# tuner with four speakers. But unlike the E variant, it includes fog lamps, semi fabric seats, color coded door mirrors and handles, and a high mount stop lamp. It too has ABS and a driver-side airbag. It costs PhP 1,064,000 for the automatic and PhP 999,000 for the manual.
Face-lifted Toyota Innovas were first introduced in Indonesia. Updated features in the Innova include automatic climate control, side door impact beams, mirror styling changes to the front and rear, as well as new extras such as parking sensors and in-dash CD changer. This version is available in the Far East Asia and and Middle East markets. The new Innova was released in the November 2008 in the Philippines and in January 2009 in India. In Indonesia, the face-lifted versions include the E-variant, featuring parts from the first-generation G variant.