Toyota Innova: Old vs new

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The Innova MPV is a relatively new car in Toyota’s lineup, beginning life sometime in 2005 as a replacement to the aging Revo. It immediately became number one on the year of its release, staying at the top spot until 2008 when it was replaced by the Toyota Vios sedan.

The vehicle has just celebrated the fifth year of its second generation, and the 2021 year model has already been unveiled in other markets. Truth to tell, the vehicle hasn’t changed much in the last five years, save for a few updates to tech and systems. So if you want to compare the old vs. new Toyota Innova, you’ll be better off comparing the first generation against the second one, as there’s very little difference between the year models of the current generation to speak of.


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Although the popular Toyota MPV is now in its second generation, the overall silhouette remains relatively the same for both. The main changes include the smoother rake of the windshield, the shorter height, and restyled last row windows, which take on a more triangular shape than the old one’s parallelogram profile. The side panels also get a diagonal character line that runs from the front fenders straight to the rear combination lamps.

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Comparing the facades of the old and new Toyota Innova, the second generation looks more cohesive, thanks to the slim chrome trim that outlines the wraparound headlamps and upper radiator grille. The blacked out lower grille on the other hand, lends the MPV a sportier look. The fog lamp housing also looks more stylish courtesy of the shapelier bumper that houses it.

Apart from the cosmetic changes, the 2nd-gen Innova is also taller, wider, and longer than its predecessor, which drastically improves cabin space for all occupants of this seven-to eight seater MPV.


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Perhaps the biggest change to the Innova is the introduction of captain seats at the second row, which ushers the more upmarket path for the new Innova. Speaking of upmarket, other such features include automatic climate control, interior ambient lights, two driving modes (ECP and Power), Smart Entry and Push Start, and a TFT touchscreen infotainment with navigation, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary input, to name a few.


The second-gen Toyota Innova is built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) the lighter yet stiffer underpinning that also supports the current generations of the Hilux pickup and Fortuner SUV. The latest version offers a choice between a 2.8-liter 1GD-FTV Direct Injection Four-Stroke Common Rail Diesel (169hp, 360Nm) and 2.0-liter 1TR-FE Dual Variable-Valve Timing-Intelligent (Dual VVT-i) gasoline engine (134hp, 183Nm). Transmission options include a 6-Speed AT with Sequential Control and 5-speed M/T. The gasoline engine is the same one installed in the first generation, while the new diesel engine replaces the 2.5-liter 2KD-FTV of the old one.



Safety-wise, the old Toyota Innova was pretty basic, with airbags limited to front occupants only. In contrast, the new Innova gets driver (with knee) and passenger airbags, as well as side and curtain shield airbags for rear occupants. The topmost V Diesel A/T variant also gets a range of driver assist systems including vehicle stability control, hill-start assist, and brake assist. Sadly, the new Innova still doesn’t get a backup camera.


The new Toyota Innova is one of the most versatile vehicles in TMP’s lineup, with a whopping 12 variants in all—eight diesel and four gasoline trims—with price ranging from PHP1,146,000 (2.8 J Diesel M/T) to PHP1,694,000 (2.8 V Diesel A/T). Color choices include White Pearl, Black, Blackish Red Mica, Alumina Jade Metallic, Thermalyte, Freedobuyerm White, and plain old Black. The old Innova on the other hand, boasted 12 variants as well—six diesel and six gasoline—with price ranging PHP832,000 to PHP1,261,000.

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Photo/s from Toyota, Wikipedia

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