TMP unveils Innova upgrade

Published February 22, 2021, 7:00 AM

by Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat

Industry mobility leader Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has unveiled an update of its best-selling and locally assembled multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), the Toyota Innova.

The 2021 update of Innova is the latest in a series of new launches by TMP even during this pandemic.

“The introduction of the New Innova could not have been timelier as the current situation has allowed us to appreciate moments shared with our families and loved ones,” said TMP First Vice President for Marketing Sherwin Chualim. “As we slowly go back to the roads to rediscover the happiness of traveling together, it is important to have a car that can keep us safe, while providing power, comfort, luxury, and style. The new Innova has all that and more.”

As one of TMP’s locally manufactured vehicles, the Innova itself has a rich heritage and meaningful story with the Filipino people, having been the preferred car of generations of Filipino families for being a dependable, spacious, and comfortable road companion.

Proudly assembled in TMP’s manufacturing plant in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, the new Innova has come a long way compared with its practical and well-loved predecessors – the Tamaraw FX and Revo. The MPV now prides itself with notable improvements in design and innovation that continuously evolved since its debut in the Philippine market in 2005.

To date, sales of the best-selling Innova already reached 240,000 units catering to a wide range of needs and preferences of Filipino families and drivers.

“The Innova indeed raises the flag, and symbolizes excellence in the local manufacturing industry,” added Chualim.

Starting at just P1.18 million for the J MT variant, Filipinos are assured of Toyota’s signature quality, durability, and reliability, as well as great value in every Innova unit. The updated features of the 2021 upgrade make the well-loved MPV safer, sportier, and even more capable to take on daily mobility needs, whether for practical use or for family leisure.

The new Innova is available in 6 diesel engine variants – V AT, G AT and MT, E DSL AT and MT, and J MT.

The New Innova comes with a new front grille which upgrades every journey with a sportier, dynamic look. The robust design of the front grille and bumper is accented by LED headlamps and LED front fog lamps (for V grade), as well as redesigned side turn signal lamps made to look more aggressive and eye-catching.

Daytime running lights on the V variant further accents the dynamic look and visibility, and completes the stronger front of the Innova. For a more defined and functional look, the rear combination lights also get a black outline redesign for V and G grades. V grades get 17” alloy wheels while G and E grades get newly-designed 16” alloy wheels.

With the ever reliable 2.8L diesel engine and available drive modes (Eco and Power) the New Innova efficiently accomplishes any task and is always up for weekend family trips, weekday rides to work and school, or errands and hobbies in between.

The Innova upgrade allows easy ingress with Push Start and Smart Entry (for V variant) and ease of access for smartphone applications with Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility (for V, G, and E variants).

V and G grades get a classier interior look with the new two-tone Noble Brown + Black color. The V variant gets second-row captain seats for a more relaxed ride, and all variants enjoy efficient luggage space for essentials, groceries, or luggage. The foldable seat back table with cup holder (for V and G grades) gives passengers a convenient place to put on-the-road snacks or gadgets and other items.

All variants come with SRS airbags (7 for the V variant), 3-pt. ELR seatbelts, anti-lock brake system with brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution, vehicle stability control, and hill-start assist control.