While the anticipation for the upcoming Toyota Innova Hycross was already there in the market for a long time, it hit a new high when Toyota itself confirmed that it is coming in November 2022 with an official teaser image on its social media handles. The new Innova Hycross is said to be a radical departure from the current-gen Toyota Innova Crysta in terms of mechanicals under the skin while having a more modern design inside-out. While the MPV is yet to break its covers, we have come across a digital rendering by TopGear Philippines that hints at how the Innova Hycross will look like.
These new digital renderings of the upcoming Toyota Innova Hycross look very much inspired by the compact Toyota Veloz sold in South-East Asian countries, making it look bolder and more aggressive than the Innova Crysta. At the front, these digital renderings show that the Innova Hycross will come with a trapezoidal grille, with lesser cluttered sides. While the headlamps here look sharper, the front bumper gets an aggressive design with triangular inserts on the corners. The fog lamps at the front are integrated into the corners of the lower air dam.
The side profile of these digital renderings of the Toyota Innova Hycross looks different with triangular rear quarter glasses, while it also has slightly squared wheel arches with body cladding over them. The door panels also get prominent creases over them, though we are not sure if the production version of the MPV will have them or not. At the back too, these renderings show that the Innova Hycross will get a heavily-redesigned boot lid with two-part combination LED tail lamps on the lower corners of the rear windscreen.
While it is not clear whether the new Innova Hycross will retain the design highlights of these digital renderings, Toyota has hinted that the new version of the Innova will have some radical changes under the skin. Touted to be based on the TNGA platform, the new Innova Hycross will get a monocoque construction for the first time, a huge departure from the ladder-on-frame construction of the Innova Crysta.
Another big change in the new Toyota Innova Hycross, as compared to the Innova Crysta, is the replacement of the 2.4-litre diesel engine with an all-new petrol-hybrid powertrain. The new Innova Hycross will be a petrol-only MPV, with it having a petrol-hybrid powertrain based around a 1.8-litre Atkinson petrol engine under its hood. It is the same engine which is available in the hybrid versions of the Corolla Altis and Corolla Cross in overseas markets.