This was the second assessment that ASEAN NCAP has conducted on the Innova with the first done in 2016. The pre-facelift Innova received 2 ratings, a 4-star rating for variants that are not fitted with ESC and seat belt reminders while a 5-star rating was given to variants with ESC and seat belt reminders for front occupants.
Granted those were also tested using the older methodology. However, based on the technical evidence that was provided by Toyota, ASEAN NCAP confirms in its report that the Innova facelift has an identical structural design and similar crashworthiness restraint system like the one tested in 2016.
ESC is standard on all variants for the Innova tested which applies for markets in Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. According to the report, the adult occupant protection gets a score of 33.05 points with the facelifted Innova offering good protection for the front occupants.
However, there is a high possibility for the driver’s chest and lower legs to sustain injury in a real-world crash.
Nevertheless, the Innova facelift still successfully scores an overall score of 82.69 points which makes it eligible for a 5-star ASEAN NCAP rating.
That’s pretty good for the MPV which has evolved from a budget MPV for developing markets into a pretty opulent-looking people carrier. Expect the facelift Innova to arrive in Malaysia in 2021.