Toyota Innova HyCross rugged edition is an alternative to the Fortuner

The Toyota Innova Hycross has been unveiled, and as was speculated and expected from it, it is a whole new take on the brand ‘Innova’. Highlights like a front-wheel drive layout, monocoque construction, petrol-only powertrain options and slightly upright stance have made the new Innova Hycross a radical departure from the previous-generation Innova Crysta. However, some people feel that there’s still some scope left for the Innova Hycross to have an SUV-like essence in its appeal, and this digital rendering we have come across is one such image.

Toyota Innova HyCross rugged edition is an alternative to the Fortuner

In a digital rendering of the new Toyota Innova Hycross prepared by SRK Designs, the MPV looks more butch and off-road ready than the stock version unveiled recently. In a YouTube video, SRK Designs showcased how the Toyota Innova Hycross will look if it had come as a more rugged-looking SUV.

Innova Hycross looks massive

In this digital rendering, the chrome surrounds for the front grille and corner housings on the front bumper have been replaced with gloss black surrounds. The front grille looks different too and looks inspired by the bolder-looking grille of the Toyota Tacoma pickup truck and Land Cruiser SUV sold overseas. The lower front bumper has different-looking scuff plates. All these changes make the front profile of the Toyota Innova Hycross look even more rugged and off-road-ready.

However, the changes do not end at the front, as this digital rendering also gets chunkier-looking tyres over larger black-coloured alloy wheels. Even the door panels on the sides get graphics mimicking mountains, indicating that this vehicle is designed for adventures like driving on mountainous roads. At the top, this Innova Hycross digital rendering gets a top box mounted on roof carrier supports. Here, the roof has been painted black too.

Toyota Innova HyCross rugged edition is an alternative to the Fortuner

This digital rendering of the Toyota Innova Hycross is just an imagination of the digital artist, as Toyota has no intentions to launch such an off-road-ready iteration of the MPV, at least for the time being. The Toyota Innova Hycross will go on sale from January 2023, and the bookings of the MPV have already started at all the Toyota dealer outlets across the country.

The new Toyota Innova Hycross has arrived with two powertrain options – a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine and a full petrol-electric strong hybrid powertrain including a 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine. The new MPV will be sold alongside the Innova Crysta as a more premium offering over it, thus bridging the gap between the Innova Crysta and Fortuner SUV.