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The Toyota Innova is one of the most important vehicles in Indonesia, where it is known here as the Kijang Innova. The latest model – which is an all-new car and not another facelift – was launched in the republic in November 2015, and will be heading to Malaysia this year along with IMV siblings Hilux and Fortuner. Here’s a detailed look at the three-row MPV.

The Innova on show at the 2016 Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) is the range topping Type Q, which is not a seven-seater. It seats just six in a more comfortable 2-2-2 formation, with the centre row filled by two captain chairs instead of a bench. These two chairs have their own fold down armrests and cabin trays for a little bit of Alphard-style luxury.

All seats are in “zebra-style” fabric and wood trim can be found not just on the dashboard, but on the steering wheel, rear doors, top of the tray tables and back of the front centre console. Air vents for all rows with rear AC controls above the middle row, too. The panel also houses the button to control the LED cabin ambient lighting. The most luxurious Innova ever, for sure.

All new Innovas can be had with either a 2.0 litre Dual VVT-i 1TR-FE four-cylinder petrol engine (139 PS/ 183 Nm) or the new 2GD-FTV 2.4 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel that debuted on the Hilux, with 149 PS and 359 Nm of torque from 1,200 to 2,600 rpm. The engines are mated to either a six-speed torque converter automatic with manual mode or a five-speed manual.

Other than the missing diesel-manual combo for the Type Q, all trim levels (V and base G are the others) can have any engine with any transmission.

Other nice goodies one would not naturally associate with the Innova include an eight-inch touchscreen head unit with Miracast and HDMI, LED projector headlights with LED DRLs, seven airbags, VSC and Hill Assist Control on the top diesel Type Q. The MPV recently scored five stars in the ASEAN NCAP crash tests.

It may not have the “VIP look” of the Alphard that Jakarta’s elite love (despite the new “Grand Tourer exterior design”), but the humble Kijang is now one step closer in terms of creature comforts.