2009 Toyota Innova hits Dubai roads
Having spotted a fresh-looking Toyota Innova on the roads, I realised that the 2009 model has received a facelift and quietly released in Dubai. Not that anyone cares, but it remains a spacious family alternative to cramped 4WDs.
The new Indonesian-built Innova gets a new front end consisting of a reshaped bumper and a new grille, with clear headlights.
The rear gets a reshaped bumper, new tail-lights, and accessories such as parking sensors, at least in some markets.
The interior is largely the same, with minor trim changes and the addition of an in-dash CD changer. Other than that, there are no changes under the skin mechanically.
The Innova minivan never caught on in the GCC among families, who seem to prefer the cramped top-heavy Fortuner instead just for its looks. While a minor hit with UAE fleet customers, Toyota needs to make it more appealing with a full redesign rather than a facelift.