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The all-new, EEV-certified Toyota Innova finally makes its launch debut in Malaysia today, with UMW Toyota offering three variants to buyers here – 2.0E (MT), 2.0E (AT) and 2.0G (AT), the same as the outgoing model.

We start with the most important bit, the prices, starting with the 2.0E in manual guise, which retails at RM105,764.31, whereas the 2.0E automatic is priced at RM113,543.83, and the top-spec 2.0G (AT) is yours for just RM122,323.35.

The prices here are OTR without insurance and come inclusive of a five-year/unlimited mileage warranty. When compared to rivals like the Nissan Serena S-Hybrid (from RM143,063) and Mazda Biante (from RM145,718), makes the Innova a substantially cheaper option.

Visually, the new car is a huge departure from its predecessor, adopting a more premium design this time around. At the front, there is a new grille that is either painted silver on the 2.0E, or finished in chrome on the 2.0G (with silver and black accents).

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For illumination, all variants come equipped with automatic halogen reflector headlamps and rear fog lamps, although front fog lamps are exclusive to the 2.0G. Also standard on all variants are 16-inch alloy wheels and power-adjustable side windows.

On the 2.0G, the latter also features puddle lamps and they are retractable as well. Other exterior differences between the 2.0E and 2.0G can be seen at the door handles, where chrome is used to finish the top-spec, while the others are body-coloured.

As for the rear, there are now two-piece taillights (bulb-type) that now encroach into the new, easy-close liftgate (2.0G only). At the top, you’ll find a rear spoiler that integrates an LED stop lamp into its structure.

Bigger dimensions are a consequence of the exterior overhaul, with the Innova now measuring 4,735 mm in length (+150 mm), 1,830 mm in width (+70 mm) and 1,795 mm in height (+35 mm). It also rides 24 mm higher (at 200 mm) than before, but retains its 2,750 mm wheelbase.

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Under the hood, a 2.0 litre 2.0 litre 1TR-FE naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine powers all Innova variants. The improved mill now comes with Dual VVT-i, and gains 3 PS and 1 Nm as well. Additionally, fuel consumption is claimed to be 9.4 l/100 km (from 10.7 l/100 km) for the manual and 9.1 l/100 km (from 11.2 l/100 km) for the automatic.

As a result, it now outputs 139 PS at 5,600 rpm and 183 Nm at 4,000 rpm, with power being sent to the rear wheels via a new six-speed torque converter automatic transmission (with sequential shifter) that replaces the previous car’s four-speed unit. The sole manual variant here gets a five-speed unit instead.

Much like the exterior, the Innova’s new interior also undergoes a radical overhaul. A brand-new dashboard layout is the first thing that greets you here, featuring a curvaceous upper section, while the monotone look has been relegated.

On the 2.0E, you’ll find a diamond-patterned trim piece that runs across the dash that is painted grey, accompanied by additional bits that are finished in “satin gold” or upholstered in suede-like material. These items be seen in various places like around the infotainment headunit, centre stack, steering wheel and door armrests.

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For entertainment, you get an integrated head unit with CD and USB inputs, but as an option (prices detailed below), you’ll get a choice of either a DVD-AVN or DVD-AVX system. Both systems include an eight-inch touchscreen with the usual array of inputs and a reverse camera, although only the DVD-AVN gets a navigation function.

Also fitted on the 2.0E are manual climate controls, with manual fan speed controls found in the second row. The eight-seater MPV has a total of four roof-mounted air-con vents that sends cool air to rear passengers. Said passengers will also be seated on fabric seats that have a honeycomb motif on them.

For the driver, six-way manually adjustable seats are available, whereas the front passenger gets four-way adjustability instead. A backlit instrument panel and urethane three-spoke steering wheel (tilt and telescopic adjustable) also greets the driver.

However, the 2.0G takes things a step further by adding more premium goodies, beginning with additional “satin gold” trim on the door cards, as well as the air-con vents. Furthermore, there is now glossy wood trim on the dash and steering wheel.

Elsewhere, there is an automatic air-conditoning system system, Optitron instrument panel with a 4.2-inch colour TFT-LCD multi-info display (with steering wheel controls), leather-wrapped steering wheel and the fabric seats now get a “tiger stripe” motif instead.

Also exclusive to the 2.0G are foldable seatback tables for second row passengers, dual-zone ambient LED lighting, as well as automatic climate control and an armrest (with cup holders) for the second row.

Practical features include an upper glove box that doubles as a cooler, along with improved seat mechanisms. For instance, the second-row, 60:40 split-folding seats can be folded and tumbled with just one lever, while the 50:50 split-folding third-row seats now get a spring lifter, making it easier to lift them up and tether them in place for more cargo space.

Safety-wise, standard kit on the 2.0E include three airbags, ABS (with EBD), Isofix mounts (second row) and parking sensors (front and rear). The 2.0G bumps this up further with a total of seven airbags, plus VSC, hill start assist and traction control. The Innova is rated the full five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating for adult occupant protection (AOP), and was recently awarded the best child occupant protection in the MPV segment during the the 2016 ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix awards.

As mentioned earlier, there are a few optional items here, starting with the infotainment systems. The DVD-AVX will cost you an additional RM2,109.40, while the DVD-AVN is priced at RM3,169.40. Other optional accessories include a DVR (RM636), Toyota solar film (RM1,166) and Toyota solar and security film (RM2,109.40). All items are available for all variants and the prices are inclusive of GST.

Exterior colour options include Super White, Silver Metallic, Medium Silver Metallic, Grey Metallic, Attitude Black Mica and Avant-garde Bronze Metallic. For a better look at all Toyota Innova variants, check out Carbase.my. Also, read our review of the all-new MPV, here.


Toyota Innova 2.0G
Toyota Innova 2.0E (AT)