2021 Toyota Innova facelift, which variant to get?

CY Foong · Feb 14, 2021 11:00 AM

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Early this month, UMW Toyota Malaysia (UMWT) launched the new 2021 Toyota Innova facelift in Malaysia. With three variants available that are priced from RM 111k, we’ll give you a breakdown across the variants to help you decide which best suits your needs.

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The following are the prices of the Innova variants sans SST which is valid until 30-June 2021:

  • Innova 2.0 E (AT) - RM 111,622
  • Innova 2.0 G (AT) – RM 121,483
  • Innova 2.0 X (AT) – RM 129,677

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Before we break down the variants further, let’s just talk a bit on the looks of the Innova facelift. Right from the get-go, you can see the familiar utilitarian shape is maintained for this MPV. It shares the same platform as the refreshed Toyota Hilux and Toyota Fortuner but despite the tall presence, the Innova is a lot more suited for large families.

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Indo-spec Kijang Innova and Venturer facelifts

The facelifted Innova made its world debut in Indonesia via a virtual launch in 2020. In the archipelago, the Innova is sold with two different names, the regular Kijang Innova and the more adventure-inspired Venturer.

Powertrain

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The 2.0L 1TR-FE

While the Indonesian market gets a whopping 16 variants with either a 2.0-litre petrol engine or a 2.4-litre common-rail diesel engine, all three variants of the Malaysian-spec Innova is only powered by the former.

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The 2.0-litre 1TR-FE is carried over from the pre-facelift Innova, producing up to 139 PS at 5,600 rpm and 183 Nm at 4,000 rpm. This engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that sends power through the rear wheels.

Exterior

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LED headlamps on the 2.0 X variant

What sets the three variants of the Innova apart are the features and equipment. While automatic headlamps are available as standard across the Innova range, the E and G variants use halogen multi-reflector headlamps while the range-topping X variant gets LED projector headlamps.

Ditto the DRLs and front foglamps with the X variant using LEDs while the E and G variants use bulbs.

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Spot the differences

An easier way to differentiate between the 3 variants would be the radiator grille. The base E variant uses a black and silver combination, the G variant utilises a chrome with grey paint combo, and the X variant sports a dark chrome with black painted grille.

While the E and G variants are equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, the X variant sports larger 17-inch wheels in Dark Mica Metallic. 

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Equipped on the X variant is a body kit which Toyota calls the “Enhancement Package”. This includes the front and rear skirts, overfenders, and side skirts.

Also only available for the range-topping Innova facelift is the Crimson Spark Red Metallic colour. The remaining hues which are available across all three variants range from the neutral colours of Benneton catalogue which include brown, black, silver, and grey.

Interior

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Next, let’s head inside and the most obvious difference across the variants is the seating arrangement. The range-topping X variant comes with a 6-seater arrangement with captain seats occupying the middle row. Upping the prestige feel is the black leather combination upholstery along with silver, piano black, and wooden trim finishes.

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2.0 G variant shown

Meanwhile, the E and G variants of the Innova come with a 7-seat arrangement. You get a bench seat along with some funky-looking fabric upholstery. All three variants also gain additional USB ports for easier charging accesibility.

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As this 2.0 G illustrates, it's indubitably practical!

If you are looking for a seven-seater Innova that has the feeling of prestige in terms of convenience, we might suggest the G variant. Apart from the leather upholstery and the captain seats, the G variant is similarly equipped to the top-of-the-line X variant.

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Soft-closing boot just like in some high-end cars

Both the G and X variants are equipped with LED roof ambient lighting, second-row seatback tables, a 9-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support as well as a boot lid with soft close function. Toyota calls the latter feature the “Easy Closer Back Door”.

Safety

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The Innova facelift doesn’t disappoint when it comes to safety. It scored a 5-star rating by ASEAN NCAP and the following features are available as standard on all variants of the Innova facelift:

  • 7 airbags
  • ABS with EBD and BA
  • VSC with traction control (TRC), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
  • ISOFIX

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Standard on the 2.0 G and 2.0 X, optional on the 2.0 E

While the blind-spot monitor (BSM) with rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA) is available as standard on the G and X variants, Toyota listed this as an option on the E variant. Ditto the panoramic view monitor which is a must for those who are a little more cautious of the Innova’s size.

Conclusion

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With all that being said, which of these variants are best suited for you? Well, if you prefer an MPV that has an air of prestige, the 6-seater Innova 2.0 X might be best suited for you. Then again, you can’t go wrong with the E and G variants either if you’re looking for a spacious family cruiser, especially given how BSM and RCTA can be added for the base E variant.

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