The Toyota Innova is undoubtedly one of the best MPVs currently available in India and for the price nothing comes close to it in terms of comfort and reliability. However, the only thing that it does not have going for itself is that it has become a little outdated and is due for a generational change. This very point has been noted by the Japanese multinational auto giant Toyota and recently it has been reported that the company will be launching the all-new generation of the Innova in the coming few months. The company has even started taking bookings for the forthcoming model in Indonesia and this suggests that the new model is just around the corner for India as well.
According to sources, Toyota will commence the sale of the 2023 Toyota Innova in Indonesia in November 2022 and currently, interested buyers in the country can reserve the forthcoming MPV with a booking amount of Rp. 15 million at authorised Toyota dealers (approx INR 80,000).
Furthermore, an Indonesian Toyota salesman revealed that the new 2023 Toyota Innova would cost anywhere between Rp. 400 million and Rp. 600 million (approx INR 21.33 lakh to INR 31.98 lakh). Meanwhile, there will be the options three variations of the hybrid Toyota Innova available starting in 2023. The variations will be the G, V, and Venturer. A hybrid powertrain will be available for the brand-new Innova as well.
The current Toyota Innova’s ladder-frame chassis and rear-wheel drive configuration will be replaced with a new, monocoque platform for the next-generation model. Meanwhile, dimensionally the new Innova will have a wheelbase of 2860mm, 100mm longer than the present model resulting in an increase in the cabin’s interior room.
The hybrid powertrain of the new Innova will combine a petrol engine with an electric motor and battery. The MPV will probably use either a 2.0L gasoline hybrid engine or a 1.8L hybrid engine. The company may also employ the THS II (Toyota Hybrid System II), which has a twin-motor arrangement for high “step-off” torque and fuel economy, in the India spec model.
In terms of features and safety tech, the new Innova will come equipped with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) suite, which is Toyota’s ADAS system. Automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, pre-collision system with pedestrian recognition, dynamic radar cruise control, road sign aid, and automatic high beams are anticipated to be included in its list of features. A factory-installed motorised panoramic sunroof will also be included.
According to speculations, the new Innova Zenix will be the name of the Indonesia-specific model for which Toyota Motor Corporation registered the Innova Zenix brand in Indonesia two years ago (TMC). However, this will most likely not be the name of the model coming to India. Rumours suggest that it will be named the Toyota Innova Hycross in our nation.
In other Toyota news, recently it was reported that the Japanese automaker is planning to launch a flex-fuel-powered car on September 28th in India.