New Toyota Hilux, Fortuner SUV and Innova MPV launching in Malaysia this year – research houses


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.

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.



  • Innova, Fortuner and Hilux are commercial category??

    Maybe the target market for innova is the taxi drivers…

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    • because Toyota cannot compete in the category with Honda inside.

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  • Toyota Moving Graveyard on Jan 18, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Hidden due to lowcomment rating. Click here to see.

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  • seancorr (Member) on Jan 18, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Well yeah but will they include the same spec trims as our neighbours are getting?

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  • Pretty sure 2 air-bags, ABS and EBD as the only option. Maybe if we are lucky enough 3rd air-bag may included as a safety pack option with no Traction Control nor Electronic Stability Control. Its UMW Toyota for you.

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  • albag on Jan 18, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    everyone is awaiting for the KING OF PICKUP… no matter how good other brands offer, the Hilux still remains the gem of all..

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  • Top salesman on Jan 18, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Toyoda is considered the BMW of Malaysia….buy Toyoda and u will be treated like VIP by yur mom in Pee-Geot u will be treated like Korean and u will be treated like pendatang during CNY gatherings…who cares about stupid VSC? Image is more important

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    • Correct correct correct. Malaysians wud rather proudly die in their vios than shamefully survive in a Preve. True story

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    • Sam Loo ( ori1 ) on Jan 19, 2016 at 9:02 am

      Please stay away from UMW showroom and head to a Hyundai Showroom instead.

      Need more and more sorhai tai lan ngongs to buy new kimchis so that the 12 month old market is primed

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  • Sammy Loo on Jan 19, 2016 at 12:46 am

    The Fortuner looks really good, combine with the engine and ladder frame chassis derived from Hilux, definitely one of the most durable SUV in the market.

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  • camtakpro on Jan 19, 2016 at 7:58 am

    If there are no 6 airbags and VSC for all variants and models in them, please,, put “Unsafe” tag in the title.

    “The New 2016 Unsafe Toyota Hilux Release” or
    “The New 2016 Toyota Hilux Release with reduced safety”

    This should be the new 2016 policy.

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  • Sam Loo ( ori1 ) on Jan 19, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Actually, I would encourage all to buy a new Hyundai instead. I need sorhai tai lan ngongs to prime used kimchi market

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  • Lion wei on Jan 19, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Dont like dont buy lah. Who cares. people who not able to buy only will give alot of comments. LOL

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  • Mazelan on Feb 13, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    I hope new Innova model with 5 or 6 speed auto tranmission or CVT will come to Malaysia as soon as possible.

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  • cikgu Zaki on Apr 05, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    I drive my fortuner 2.5D for about 4 year just now.
    I heard for this coming launcing fortuner is 6 speed auto transmission. It will be powerful engine since now max speed is just 175km/j with 4 speed auto enjine.
    The price must be more lower since 2.4 compare to 2.5 engine last version..we will see…

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  • Cg Abg on Nov 22, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Im waiting innova new generation. Make it fast. Journey to sabah this coming school holidays.

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