The all-new Toyota Innova HyCross will be officially unveiled in India on the 25th of November 2022, and ahead of this event, the Japanese automaker has put out the first teaser for the new hybrid MPV. While pre-bookings for the Innova HyCross Hybrid MPV will commence soon after the official unveil, the actual launch will take place in January 2023, at the Indian Auto Expo. Innova HyCross buyers will have to wait for the launch event for the price announcement. Given the fact that the Innova HyCross will be larger than the Innova Crysta, expect the new MPV to be priced slightly higher.
The premium positioning of the all-new Toyota Innova HyCross will also have to do with the slew of new features that the MPV will bring to the table. From the teasers, we understand that the HyCross will get a massive panoramic sunroof – the first on an Innova sold in India. It’ll use a new petrol-hybrid engine that is expected to be more fuel efficient than the current Innova Crysta’s diesel motors.
A CVT automatic gearbox will come standard with the petrol-strong hybrid engine, making the new MPV effortless to drive both on city streets and on the highways. An all-electric drive mode is also expected to be offered, again a class-leading feature on an MPV sold in India. The all-electric drive mode will make the HyCross a very economical and efficient bet for short city commutes.
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Another first-for-an-Innova will be the ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) suite on the HyCross. In fact, the Innova HyCross will be the first Toyota car in India to offer ADAS, thereby elevating safety to an all-new level. Apart from aDAS, a 360 camera, seven airbags, multiple driving modes, EPS, traction control and hill hold are likely to be the various other safety features offered on the top-spec HyCross.
If the grapevine is to be believed, the all-new Toyota Innova HyCross will also be available with a 2 liter-4 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine on the entry-level variants. The petrol engine is expected to get manual and automatic gearboxes, and will be significantly cheaper than the petrol strong hybrid variants. All variants of the new Innova HyCross will feature a monocoque body with a front wheel drive layout. This is a major departure for the Innova line-up, whose multiple generations have offered a body-on-ladder chassis and a rear wheel drive layout. The HyCross will be sold as the Innova Zenix in Indonesia – its debut market, and an all wheel drive layout could also be offered.
For India though, Toyota is unlikely to offer an all wheel drive layout on the Innova HyCross considering the low demand for such an option here. The current Innova Crysta could continue being sold alongside the HyCross. While the Crysta could be pushed towards cab operators, the HyCross is expected to cater mainly to personal car buyers. Over to the official unveil now.
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