Toyota’s first mass market hybrid MPV for the Indian market will be unveiled in Indonesia later today, where it will be known as the Innova Zenix. In India though, the Zenix will be called the Innova HyCross. Toyota Kirloskar Motors Limited (TKML) will reveal the India-spec Innova HyCross on the 25th of November 2022, but official sales will commence only after launch in January 2023, at the Indian Auto Expo. Pre-bookings will commence from 25th November though. Meanwhile, Toyota has been testing the Innova HyCross on Indian roads. Here’s a video that shows the Innova HyCross’s size and profile.
As the video indicates, the Toyota Innova HyCross now features a design that puts it more in crossover territory than in the MPV segment. The high-set bonnet, flared wheel arches and the overall taller, butch stance of the vehicle comes through in the short video. The HyCross is likely to sit above the Innova Crysta in terms of price and positioning. At 4.7 meters in length, it’s longer than the Innova Crysta. Also, it brings a host of new technologies, never seen before in the mass market MPV segment in India. Here are a few examples of what’s totally new in India’s mass market MPV segment.
Strong Hybrid Powertrain and a 20 Kmpl+ mileage
The Innova HyCross will be offered with a 2 liter-4 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine paired with an electric motor to make a strong hybrid powertrain. This set-up is expected to give the Innova HyCross a mileage of over 20 Kmpl, a figure that’s never been seen before on an MPV of this size. A CVT automatic gearbox is expected to drive the front wheels of the Innova HyCross, which will come with a monocoque body – another big departure from the Innova line-up’s traditional ladder frame chassis.
The monocoque body that’s much lighter than the ladder frame chassis, and the front wheel drive layout, also contribute to the excellent fuel efficiency returned by the HyCross. Through the Strong Hybrid powertrain, Toyota will attempt to wean away buyers from diesel engined MPVs, including its own Innova Crysta. For buyers on a budget, Toyota is also expected to offer a cheaper variant of the HyCross, with a 2 liter petrol engine but without the strong hybrid set-up.
More tech under the skin
ADAS or advanced driver assistance system will be offered on the Innova HyCross, making it the first Toyota car sold in India to get this advanced safety technology. ADAS will bring features such as adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring and lane change warning to the Innova HyCross, making it one of the safest MPVs that money can buy in India. The HyCross will also get a massive panoramic sunroof – another first for a 7 seat Toyota in India.
MPV with SUV-like styling
Toyota has gone in for an aggressive design on the Innova HyCross, giving it the stance of a SUV. In fact, Toyota will sell the Innova HyCross as a crossover, and this explains the HyCross moniker attached to the Innova name.