Toyota has finally lifted off the covers from the all-new Innova Hycross in India, which has been brought as a whole new derivative of the highly successful Innova Crysta. This time around, Toyota has made significant changes to the Innova brand, by launching a completely new vehicle with the Innova branding. Save for the name, everything is new in the Toyota Innova Hycross, including the powertrain, mechanical underpinnings, exterior design, interior layout and list of features. Toyota has started accepting bookings for the all-new Innova Hycross for Rs 50,000 and the deliveries will begin in January 2023. However, there is no specified date for the announcement of the prices.
The most muscular Innova, ever
The India-spec version of the Toyota Innova Hycross looks very similar to the Indonesian-spec Innova Zenix, which was unveiled before the Indian debut. On the outside, the new Innova Hycross get a SUV-like stance, with an upright stance and more contours on the side profile, which make it look muscular and very different from the Innova Crysta.
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At the front, the Toyota Innova Hycross gets a bold-looking grille with chrome surrounds and horizontally-stretched all-LED headlamps. The front bumper has a much bolder-looking design this time with horizontally-stretched strips of dual-functioning daytime running LEDs. On the side profile, the new Innova Hycross gets 18-inch chrome alloy wheels, while at the rear, it gets a roof-mounted spoiler, shark fin antenna and LED inserts in the tail lamps.
The new Innova Hycross has been unveiled by Toyota in India with seven colour options, namely Blackish Ageha Glass Flake, Platinum White Pearl, Sparkling Black Pearl Crystal Shine, Silver Metallic, Avant-garde Bronze Metallic, Attitude Black Mica and Super White.
Upmarket, luxurious interiors
On the inside, Toyota has lifted the overall experience of the Innova with this new Hycross iteration. The MPV gets dual-tone black and chestnut brown upholstery with soft touch finish for the upper dashboard. One is welcomed with a new three-spoke tilt and telescopic adjustable multi-functional steering wheel, behind which there is a new instrument console with a 7-inch TFT screen.
The centre console of the new Toyota Innova Hycross has a very different-looking layout compared to the Innova Crysta. Here, the Innova Hycross gets a 10-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system and a panel for multi-zone automatic climate control switches and a dashboard-mounted transmission lever.
The cabin gets a host of premium features like quilted chestnut leather seats, ventilated front seats, 8-way power adjustment with memory function for the driver’s seat, push start-stop button, and powered Ottoman seats in the middle row. The MPV also gets a few more features like an electrochromic inside rearview mirror, panoramic sunroof with mood lighting, roof-mounted AC vents, powered tailgate, 9-speaker JBL sound system and paddle shifters.
A new petrol-hybrid powertrain
Instead of retaining the 2.7-litre petrol and 2.4-litre diesel engines of the Innova Crysta, the new Toyota Innova Hycross gets a choice of two all-new powertrains. While there is a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine, which makes 172 bhp of power and 205 Nm of torque, there is also a petrol-hybrid powertrain based on a 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle engine, which claims 184 bhp of power output and 21.1 km/l of fuel efficiency.
Toyota also claims that the new Innova Hycross can do 0-100 km/h sprint in 9.8 seconds. Unlike the ladder-on-frame chassis of the Innova Crysta, the new Innova Hycross is based on a monocoque frame derived from Toyota’s TNGA-C platform.
The Innova HyCross is the first car in the segment to get paddle shifters. There is a drive mode switch that can be used to drive the vehicle on completely electric power, just like the new Urban Cruiser Hyryder. Toyota will offer a warranty of 8 years on the battery pack used in the full hybrid system.
ADAS – a first for a Toyota in India
The all-new Innova Hycross is the first Toyota to get ADAS in India. It gets radar and camera-based technology. The car gets Dynamic radar cruise control, auto high beam assist, blind spot monitor (BSM), pre-collision system, and rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA). The car also gets Lane Trace Assist and 6 SRS airbags.
Connected car features
The all-new Innova Hycross will come with telematics too. It will include features like Remote vehicle ignition start/stop, lock/unlock, remote AC control, remote immobiliser, location finder and vehicle status.
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