Toyota Unveils The All-New Innova Hycross

It features an SUV-like profile, leather-brimmed cabin with a hybrid powertrain

Innova, the name synonymous with Indians as the ideal people mover. This 7-seater MPV has been single-handedly racking up massive numbers for the Toyota brand since its introduction in India in the past decade. And now, the Japanese carmaker has unveiled an all-new one with a new name.

The 2023 Innova is called the Toyota Innova Hycross, and it’s the first generation to feature monocoque underpinnings instead of the regular ladder-on-frame chassis. This move should benefit the occupants of the new MPV by offering a more pliant ride with better dynamics for the road.

Besides underpinnings, the Innova has grown in looks too. It sheds its elongated design to boast a more muscular and SUV-ish design theme with an upright grille, strong shoulder line, and body claddings on the lower half of the car. The new Innova Hycross gets new headlights and taillights with an entirely redesigned rear accentuating its SUV framing. Even in dimensions, the new Innova Hycross is bigger in length, width, and wheelbase, entailing more space for rear-seat passengers.

The interior continues to build on the all-new design philosophy adopted on the exterior. A stark departure from the existing design, the new layout looks significantly plusher. Leather upholstery and metal accents with a dual-tone brown-black colour scheme laid across the cabin provide a premium look. The dashboard gets multiple layers with a dominating 10.1-inch floating touch screen placed in the centre. The remaining AC vents and HVAC controls are stacked vertically, with the gearbox placed below it.

Diesel has been skipped on the Innova Hycross as petrol, and hybrid petrol engine options are available. The hybrid unit is a strong hybrid powertrain, similar to the Hyryder, to offer 184hp in combined output while being mated to an e-CVT gearbox. Toyota claims the strong hybrid will offer up to 21kmpl mileage. The non-hybrid petrol engine carries the same 2.0-litre petrol unit as seen in the hybrid but puts out 172hp and 205Nm torques and gets mated to a CVT transmission. No manual transmissions are available on the new Innova Hycross.

Customers can choose from five variants, with the top-spec trim offering gizmos such as paddle shifters, ventilated front seats, a nine-speaker JBL audio system and a panoramic sunroof, a first on the Innova. Two seating options – a 7-seater with a first-in-class ottoman function for the middle-row captain seats and an 8-seater with bench seats can be had. Furthermore, In a bid to stay relevant to current times, the ADAS suite of safety systems also gets equipped with six airbags and ABS with EBD.

Bookings for the Toyota Innova Hycross are currently underway, with prices slated to be announced by January 2023. Expected prices hover around the INR 25 lakh mark, with the Innova Crysta selling alongside its new-age successor. The new Innova Hycross will rival the likes of the Mahindra XUV700 and the Tata Safari.

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