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The 2016 Toyota Innova has finally been revealed in Indonesia after a series of leaks prior to its release. Known as the Toyota Kijang Innova in the country, the MPV receives many significant upgrades that extend beyond just its looks.

First up, the Toyota Kijang Innova will go on sale in Indonesia with three variants on offer – G Type, V Type and the range-topping Q Type. Colour choices include Alumina Jade, Attitude Black, Avant Garde Bronze, Dark Grey Mica Metallic, Silver Metallic and Super White. There will only be two engines available, paired to an equal number of transmission options.

On the petrol front is a 2.0 litre Dual VVT-i 1TR-FE four-cylinder engine providing 139 PS at 5,600 rpm and 183 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm (3 PS/1 Nm more than before). Toyota’s new 2GD-FTV diesel mill that debuted on the Hilux, makes its way into the Innova as well. The 2.4 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel outputs 149 PS at 3,400 rpm and 359 Nm of torque from 1,200 to 2,600 rpm.

The engines are paired to either a five-speed manual, or a six-speed torque converter automatic with manual sequential shifting (replaces the four-speed auto). However, the powertrain configuration is pretty comprehensive to say the least. All three Innova variants are offered in petrol MT/AT and diesel MT/AT configurations.

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Moving on to the design, the Toyota Innova clearly deviates from its predecessor in a huge way, as we’ve previously covered. With hints of the Hilux pick-up, there is now prominent front grille with two thick chrome accents running across it. The grille links up to the new LED projector headlights with LED DRLs, which are reserved for the Q Type (the G and V gets reflector halogens).

There are also two alloy wheel sizes to choose from, each with its own unique design. Only the diesel Q Type will be fitted with 17-inchers, whereas the petrol Q Type, all V Type and G Type Innovas gets the smaller 16-inch items instead. Customers can also specify mudguards and chromed door housings if they so desire.

At the rear, larger taillight sections now spreads towards the centre of the lift gate. The liftgate itself is dubbed as a “Smart Close Back Door” on the Q Type. The taillight cluster also extends down the car’s edges, narrowing up as it proceeds along. As we’ve seen before, there is also a rear spoiler that houses a third brake light, and a downward-facing chromed exhaust tip. The Innova measures 4,735 mm long, 1,830 mm wide, 1,795 mm tall and 2,750 mm in wheelbase.

If the list of exterior changes seemed substantial, the interior reflects the same. The cabin still offers enough seating for eight occupants unless you opt for the Q Type. In the top-spec variant, the second-row seating is now replaced with two captain seats upholstered in fabric with a “zebra-like” pattern, each with their own cabin trays. There is even cabin illumination lights on the V and Q.

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Up front, the dashboard is completely overhauled for a more contemporary look. The driver benefits from a new three-spoke steering wheel (with on-wheel controls), plus a new instrument cluster with a TFT colour multi-info display (V and Q Type).

Other luxuries include automatic air-con for both the V Type and Q Type. However, only the Q Type gets an eight-inch touchscreen entertainment system with an impressive array of inputs including Miracast and HDMI. The driver can also alternate between Eco, Normal, and Power modes via buttons located below the air-con controls.

Safety-wise, the Innova gets dual front and knee airbags, ABS with EBD and Isofix child seat anchors for all variants. However, side and curtain airbags are reserved for the diesel Q Type only (total of seven), as is Hill Assist Control and VSC electronically stability control. Looking at how the extra airbags and VSC are reserved for the diesel variant only, it would be a real shame if Malaysian models would lose out on those features.

The Avanza (also sourced from Indonesia) arrived here fairly soon after its country-specific launch. Would it be the same with this? What do you think of the substantially-upgraded 2016 Toyota Innova? Would you be looking forward to the MPV’s arrival here in Malaysia?