The Toyota Innova HyCross has been fully revealed through a leak ahead of the official unveil on 21st November in Indonesia. The HyCross, which will be called the Innova Zenix in Indonesia, looks more like a SUV than a MPV. Toyota will position the new Innova as a crossover, and this is also why it’s named it the HyCross. The Toyota Innova HyCross will be unveiled in India on the 25th of November, followed by a launch and price announcement at the 2023 Indian Auto Expo in January. Pre-bookings will commence from 25th of November though.
More SUV than MPV
For a while now, Toyota has been emphasizing that the new Innova HyCross will be more of a crossover, and the leaked picture indicates just that. The front end gets wraparound headlamps, a sculpted bonnet, wide air dam and a prominent hexagonal grille that covers nearly the entire front-end. The wheel arches are flared, and there are prominent character lines running through the profile of the HyCross, adding visual muscle to the sides. In contrast, the Toyota Innova Crysta is quite van-like in its profile. The roof slopes towards the rear, giving the HyCross a hunkered look that looks more common with SUVs than MPVs. Net-net, the Toyota Innova HyCross’ design lives up to the crossover billing.
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We expect Toyota to position the HyCross in between the Innova Crysta and Fortuner, plugging a massive price gap. Given how expensive the Fortuner has become with constant price hikes over the years, the HyCross will fit this gap quite nicely, occupying the space that the previous generation Fortuner sat in. There won’t be a diesel engine though!
Petrol Strong Hybrid
That’s right. Globally, Toyota – like most other car makers – is moving away from diesel engines, and the Innova HyCross will be a reflection of this. A 2 liter petrol strong hybrid powertrain will power this crossover, giving it the refinement and instant pep of a petrol with exceptional fuel efficiency of a diesel. If the recently launched Toyota Hyryder’s fuel efficiency is to go by, the Innova HyCross is likely to easily beat the Innova Crysta Diesel’s fuel efficiency and running costs. And all this while using a smooth and convenient CVT automatic gearbox that will make short work of both city and highway traffic. These factors should make the Innova HyCross a very popular crossover indeed. For those on a budget, Toyota could offer a 2 liter naturally aspirated petrol engine with manual and automatic gearbox options on the entry and mid trims.
Monocoque body, front wheel drive
Another major change on the Toyota Innova HyCross is the adoption of a monocoque body and a front wheel drive layout – a departure from the Innova’s traditional ladder frame chassis and rear wheel drive layout. The HyCross promises to be more car-like to drive, with better handling and fuel efficiency. The new crossover will bring a range of features never seen on a Toyota MPV in India. A panoramic sunroof, ADAS (advanced driver assistance system), multi drive modes and an all-electric mode are some of the prominent features.
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