22 October 2011

Toyota Innova facelift - from RM96,704

UMW Toyota has launched the Innova facelift to Malaysian market this week. The popular 8-seater gets a host of update to keep it fresh aesthetically. Not to say it need to, as it has no direct competitor in the market, but the styling has start to age a bit, particularly the plain front and rear end.

For the front fascia, the facelifted Innova gets new edgier headlamp, strong central lines on the hood with new hood garnish, more pronounced front grille with Camry overtones and revised bumper fascia design. Overall, it shifted the softie face of current Innova to harder and more solid appearance. The alloy wheel is a new design too.
Other than the hood, there is no further change on the sheet metal. At the back, the sole change item is the rear light with new graphic. The rear bumper is retained though. However, closer inspection revealed slightly different looking license plate garnish, the current garnish has its lower lines swept gradually upwards and has winged-like profile. The garnish we see here has boxier lines. But this wasn't mentioned in the brochure so perhaps it is just angled-illusion.
It is the interior that gets more makeover than the exterior. As with the Fortuner, the trims are different according to the grade. The aircon vent surround now in material color, whereas previously it was garnished with wooden finish. The centre console now has its edge more visible, thanks to a vertical strip of either silvered or wooden, respectively for E and G variant. There's also new steering wheel. The G variant gets the new steering wheel and gear know leather and wood covered too. Other than the trimmings, the G variant also get Multi Information Display which houses the digital display of average fuel consumption and real-time fuel consumption among others.

The engine is a carry-over item from before. The 1TR-FE 2.0l puts 136PS@5600 rpm and 182Nm@4000 rpm of power and torque respectively. Drive is channeled to the rear wheel via either 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic transmission in the E version, while the G version is available only in auto. 

The G model gets twin airbags and ABS as standard while the E only gets driver airbags. 

The new facelifted Innova price starts from RM96,704 for Manual E version, RM101,704 for Automatic E version and tops at RM109,804 for the G variants.

Details of the specs for each variant can be obtained from official Toyota Malaysia website at: