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According to local research houses covering UMW Holdings Berhad, UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) will be introducing three new models from the IMV family in Malaysia this year – the Toyota Hilux pick-up truck, the Toyota Fortuner SUV and the Toyota Innova MPV.

TA Research, in a December 21 report and fresh from a visit to UMW, mentioned that there will be no passenger car launches from the company this year, but “according to management, new models for the commercial segment will be launched. They are the Innova, Hilux and Fortuner.”

RHB, in a report that surfaced earlier today, repeated the same three models, scheduled to debut in Q2 and Q3 this year. The research house said that there will be no new passenger car launch until late 2016.

2015 Toyota Fortuner Crusade

The impending arrival of the trio come as no surprise, and the new models are long-awaited replacements for the popular but ageing current “Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicle” range.

The latest Hilux made its debut in May 2015 in Thailand and Australia, two big truck markets where the Hilux is dominant. The truck boasts two new turbodiesel engines as well as fresh six-speed manual and auto gearboxes, besides a thicker, stronger frame and enhanced comfort, safety and convenience features. Full details and gallery here.

The new Nissan NP300 Navara, facelifted Ford Ranger and second-generation Mitsubishi Triton await the traditional sales champ. See the three fresh faces in our video shootout here.

2016 Toyota Innovava 34

The Fortuner is a three-row SUV based on the Hilux. Already spotted in Malaysia, the new Fortuner was launched last July in the Land of Smiles. Indonesia will get the new model this month. As with the Thai Hilux Revo, the line-up includes two new GD turbodiesels – a 2.8 litre that makes 177 hp/450 Nm and a 2.4 litre that pushes out 150 hp/400 Nm. Specs and pics here.

Will Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia also bring in the striking new Pajero Sport this year? We think so. Isuzu has a similar pick-up truck-based seven-seat SUV in the form of the MU-X, launched here in June 2015.

Lastly, the Innova, which is a three-row MPV. Popular in Indonesia as the Kijang Innova, it was launched there in November. Two engines are available in the Republic, a 2.0 litre Dual VVT-i 1TR-FE with 139 PS/183 Nm and the 2.4 litre turbodiesel from the Hilux. The engines are paired to a five-speed manual and a six-speed torque converter automatic. Full details and gallery here.