This one is not very easy on the eyes – you have been warned. The Toyota Innova facelift has been launched in Indonesia, and it comes with a shocking new face. There’s a massive Hilux-inspired grille up front, with a reworked rear end sporting highly dressed up garnishes.

First introduced in 2005, the Toyota Innova replaced the SUV-shaped Unser MPV, and was then given a light refresh in 2008 consisting of a new front grille and bumpers. 2011 saw a more thorough update, with the model receiving an all new front end that mimicked the then-current Toyota Camry XV40, plus a revised interior.

Updated again in 2013, the new Kijang Innova as it is called in Indonesia – a long-standing name in our neighbouring country; used since the ‘70s for the Indonesian-designed pickup/MPV – only introduces aesthetic upgrades to the ageing people carrier, with everything under the sheet metal staying the same.


What it does get, is dual-airbags across the entire range. The base Type J variant now has two airbags, compared to just one before. Curiously, the entry-level model does without the visual upgrades you see here, sporting the same looks as the current Innova. Malaysian models already have dual-airbags as a standard feature.

Mechanically it’s the same as before, with one petrol variant (2.0 litre with 136 PS and 182Nm) and an Indonesia-only diesel option (2.5 litre with 103 PS and 200 Nm). No changes to the choice of transmissions either, as the same five-speed manual and four-speed automatic gearboxes soldier on. Classic Toyota, then.

In Indonesia the new Toyota Innova facelift is priced at Rp208 juta (RM65k) for the base manual Type J, up to Rp 310 juta (RM97k) for the range-topping petrol automatic Type V Luxury model. Our local Innova should be getting this latest update soon, so if you don’t like the way it looks, better get yours now while you still can.