Toyota Innova: Everyone’s Favorite MPV

Toyota Innova ,Reviewed by eZhire

The Toyota Innova is not only of the most popular and reliable people mover in the United Arab Emirates but also for the rest of the world where it is sold. The reason for the Toyota Innova’s cult-like following is because of its amazing reliability and flexibility. The Toyota Innova can take on almost any task from moving people comfortably from point A to point B and hauling cargo and baggage safely.


Toyota Innova Overview


The Toyota Innova is a Compact Multipurpose Vehicle (MPV) that was first introduced by Toyota in 2004 in the Southeast Asia Market. Since its introduction, the Toyota Innova has garnered several awards in multiple markets in South East Asia and the UAE. The Toyota Innova is designed around the innovative Toyota IMV Platform together with the popular Toyota Hilux and the Toyota Fortuner.

Toyota’s IMV platform or the “Innovative International Multipurpose Vehicle” Platform is a design philosophy that uses the ladder and frame construction for improved durability and reliability. This means that the Toyota Innova has a body on frame construction which gives the Toyota Innova amazing flexibility in its multirole purpose. Toyota is now in its second generation. The Toyota Innova is offered in two variants in the UAE namely the SE and SE+. Both models are powered by a 2.7L Gasoline that is coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission.



The Exterior Design

Toyota Innova Reviewed by eZhire

The second-generation Toyota Innova is a complete redesign compared to the previous generation complete with new sets of front and rear lighting systems. The new exterior design of the Innova is a departure from what you would expect from an MPV but now closely resembles an SUV. The new exterior design reflects the new modern technology that is incorporated in the Toyota Innova.

The new design of the Toyota Innova sports a flowing aerodynamic roofline that reduces drag and boosts efficiency. The sleeker exterior design is a nod the vehicles more plush interior and sophisticated modern technologies that are incorporated in the design of the Innova. The sharp modern halogen headlights and LED daytime running lights beautifully sculps the front end of the vehicle that is followed by flowing lines that maximize the stong posture of the Innova. The Innova is also equipped with fog lamps standard across all variants. The side profile of the Innova closely resembles that of an SUV because of its high ground clearance thanks to the 16’ Alloy wheels. The Innova also has sleek fully powered side-mirrors with indicators for improved safety.

The Interior Design

Toyota Innova Reviewed by eZhire

The interior design of the Toyota Innova is a radical departure from the previous generation in terms of design and build quality.


Toyota Innova SE


The Toyota Innova SE is the base variant but is still packed with modern and comfortable features. The SE variant is equipped with manual climate controls and central door locking. The seats are upholstered with hi-grade fabric with 60:40 tumble for the rear seat. Back-seat fold-out tables are also available for the second row. The Innova is also equipped with a glove box cooler.


The SE is also equipped with modern technologies like cruise control with Eco and Power driving modes. The urethane steering wheel is also steering column tilt capable that also has built-in audio controls. The entertainment system of the SE variant features AM/FM/ CD/AUX/ USB/ Bluetooth head unit with 6 speakers.


Toyota Innova SE+


The Toyota Innova SE+ is the more premium variant of the two models available. It has all the features of the SE variant with additional add-ons like automatic airconditioning and climate control systems. The SE+ variant is equipped with a leather & wood-trimmed steering wheel for added comfort when driving long distances.


For the driver controls the Optitron Speedometer with 4.2” color TFT Display for improving daytime visibility. The 4.2” display provides easy to read information for the driver that minimizes distraction when driving. The entertainment system also has a 7” display that has a DVD/ USB/ AUX/ Bluetooth capability. The SE+ also has front illumination integrated into the overhead console for an added touch of luxury and convenience.



Engine Performance and Transmission

Toyota Innova Reviewed by eZhire


The Toyota Innova is equipped with one engine and transmission across the two variants. It is equipped with the Toyota 2TR- FE a 2.7 Liter 16 Valve Double Overhead Cam (DOHC) Gasoline Engine equipped with Dual Variable Timing Ignition (VVT-i). The engine is able to produce 164 horsepower at 5200 rpm and generate up to 25 kg.m of torque at 4000 rpm. The engine is coupled with a 6-speed super Electronic Controlled Transmission (ECT) that increases power and efficiency at the same time decrease wear and tear in the transmission.




The Toyota Innova is engineered with the latest in active and passive safety technology to minimize injury in the event of a crash. Both Variants are equipped with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) standard and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) for improved performance during harsh driving conditions. Tire inflation pressure warning (TIPW) is also included. Both variants are also equipped with Dual Front Airbags and Knee Airbags for the driver. Child Restraint System (ISO-Fix) is also included. The SE+ variants sport additional active safety systems like a rearview camera and rear center parking sensors for increased safety in parking.




The Toyota Innova is everyone’s favorite MPV from Southeast Asia all the way to the United Arab Emirates. It excels in its multirole role from a family van, work shuttle to delivering cargo with an increased level of luxury and convenience. The Toyota Innova is a favorite for tourists and visitors who want to rent cars that have extra space. Toyota Innova rental in Dubai has skyrocketed because of its reliability and Ezhire has plenty of Rent a Car Toyota Innova available.


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