The Toyota Innova is a popular MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) that was introduced in India in 2005. One of the newest models in the Innova lineup is the Toyota Innova Hybrid, also known as the Innova HyCross. This model incorporates Toyota’s advanced hybrid technology, making it an eco-friendly and fuel-efficient option. Here, we take a look at the HyCross’ variants, and find out which of these offer the most value for money.
Toyota Innova HyCross: Top Competitors
The top competitors for the Innova Hycross are the Mahindra XUV700, Tata Safari, MG Hector Plus, Hyundai Alcazar, and Kia Carnival.
Toyota Innova HyCross Variants
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The Innova HyCross comes in 10 variants, which are listed below along with their prices (ex-showroom, Delhi):
|Innova HyCross G 7STR||Rs 18.55 lakhs|
|Innova HyCross G 8STR||Rs 18.60 lakhs|
|Innova HyCross GX 7STR||Rs 19.40 lakhs|
|Innova HyCross GX 8STR||Rs 19.45 lakhs|
|Innova HyCross VX 7STR Hybrid||Rs 24.76 lakhs|
|Innova HyCross VX 8STR Hybrid||Rs 24.81 lakhs|
|Innova HyCross VX(O) 7STR Hybrid||Rs 26.73 lakhs|
|Innova HyCross VX(O) 8STR Hybrid||Rs 26.78 lakhs|
|Innova HyCross ZX Hybrid||Rs 29.08 lakhs|
|Innova HyCross ZX(O) Hybrid||Rs 29.72 lakhs|
Toyota Innova HyCross: Quick Review
Design and features: The Innova HyCross is a good-looking MPV with a commanding road presence. It has a grand, hexagonal front grille in chrome, a raised bonnet, and overall, has a muscular stance. The car also comes with silver and chrome inserts, LED daytime running lights (DRLs), headlamps and tail-lamps, and plastic cladding around the wheel arches.
The bumper has matte silver inserts and horizontal LED DRLs, which also function as turn indicators. The Innova HyCross also features a panoramic sunroof, touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, JBL 9-speaker sound system (including subwoofer), ventilated seats, 360-degree camera, ambient lighting, auto-dimming IRVM among others.
Engine and performance: The Toyota Innova HyCross is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with an electric motor. The hybrid powertrain is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Besides, the hybrid variants are powered by a 5th Generation Self-Charging Strong Hybrid Electric System with TNGA 2.0-Litre 4-cylinder VVTi petrol engine.
The car has a 1.7 kWh Ni-MH battery that powers the electric motor. The Innova HyCross feels responsive and the hybrid works smoothly with small increments in speed. The HyCross’ acceleration is linear, but the hybrid’s acceleration cannot be termed as slow.
Ride and handling: The Toyota Innova HyCross has MacPherson strut suspension at the front and a semi-independent torsion beam suspension at the rear. The suspension is well-tuned to provide a compliant ride. The Innova HyCross’ high-speed stability is good. Although the Innova HyCross has some body roll, it is significantly lesser than the old Innova Crysta. The tyres have a good grip and the car can tackle curves cleanly. The Innova HyCross has a well-calibrated electric steering, and with disc brakes all around, the stopping power of the Innova HyCross is good.
Comfort and space: The Innova Hycross’ cabin has a premium look and feel. There is enough space at the front, with enough headroom. The driver’s seat is electrically adjustable, while the passenger seats get manual adjustment and no height adjustment. Front seats are ventilated as well There is ample cabin storage. The Toyota Innova Hycross gets a multi-zone climate control system. There’s a good amount of space for second-row passengers and the two ottoman seats are wide enough.
Safety: The safety features in the Toyota Innova HyCross include multiple airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), rearview camera, parking sensors, and ISOFIX child seat anchors.
Mileage: The Innova HyCross’ mileage ranges from 16.13 km/l to 23.24 km/l, depending upon the variant.
Concluding remarks: The Innova HyCross is an innovative hybrid vehicle with a combination of performance, fuel efficiency, and advanced features. With its unique design and technology, the HyCross sets a new standard in the hybrid vehicle market and offers a compelling alternative to traditional gasoline-powered vehicles.
Toyota Innova HyCross: Most Value for Money Variant
There are two variants that can be considered most VFM: The Innova HyCross GX 7STR (priced at Rs 19.40 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi), which comes with a petrol;engine, and the Innova HyCross VX 8STR Hybrid (priced at Rs 24.81 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi), which comes with hybrid engine.
Most VFM (Petrol) Variant in Comparison with Base Variant
The base variant of the Innova HyCross is the Innova HyCross G 7STR, which is priced at Rs 18.55 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The most VFM petrol variant has some additional features over the base variant, which include reverse parking camera, 8-inch touchscreen and audio with USB microphone and amplifier display as well as capacitive touch, flick and drag function, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, 16-inch alloy wheels with centre caps, front grille in gunmetal finish, and rocker molding and roof-end spoiler.
Most VFM (Hybrid) Variant in Comparison with Base Variant
The Toyota Innova HyCross VX 8STR Hybrid has extra features over the base variant, such as 8-inch touchscreen and audio with USB microphone and amplifier display as well as capacitive touch, flick and drag function, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, cruise control, DRLs, 6 speakers instead of 4 in the base variant, rear retractable sunshade, 7-inch MID with drive information drive mode based theme, soft touch dashboard, indirect blue ambient illumination, luggage board (for flat floor), energy meter, front grille in gunmetal finish with chrome surround], tri-eye LED with LED position lamp and chrome ornamentation, full LED rear combi lamps, welcome lights with side turn indicator, rear chrome garnish, and rear window demister.
Most VMF (Petrol) Variant in Comparison with Top-end Variant
The Innova HyCross’ top-end variant is the Innova HyCross ZX(O) Hybrid, priced at Rs 29.72 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The top-end variant has a few additional features over the most VFM petrol variant, such as 6 airbags instead of 2 in the VFM variant, ventilated seats, sunroof, 10.1-inch touchscreen, JBL audio system instead of OEM, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, cruise control, fog lights, DRLs, 6 speakers instead of 4, traction control, blind spot monitor, knee/curtain airbags, rear retractable sunshade, 7-inch MID with drive information, drive mode based theme, soft touch dashboard, indirect blue ambient illumination, luggage board (for flat floor), tri-eye LED with auto high beam, LED position lamp & chrome ornamentation, wheel arch cladding, chrome door beltline garnish, outside door handle with chrome lining, rear window demister, and rear chrome garnish.
Most VFM (Hybrid) Variant in Comparison with Top-end Variant
The Innova HyCross ZX(O) Hybrid has some extra features over the VFM (hybrid) variant, such as 6 airbags instead of 2 in the VFM variant, ventilated seats, sunroof, JBL audio system instead of OEM, 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, 10.1-inch touchscreen, traction control, blind spot monitor, and knee/curtain airbags among others.
Key take-outs from Comparative Analysis of the Base, VFM, and Top-end Variants
While the Innova HyCross’ VFM (petrol) variant has some additional features over the base variant, the VFM (hybrid) variant is up a few notches than the petrol variant in terms of features. The top-end variant comes with sunroof and some other key features, but it is not a budget buy.
To conclude, the Toyota Innova HyCross delivers on its proposition of being a powerful hybrid vehicle, and among its variants, has a couple of sensible VFM options based on the buyers’ preferences.
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