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Toyota Innova Hycross unveiled globally with hybrid power, SUV looks

The Toyota Innova Hycross has been unveiled in the Indonesian market as the Kijang Innova Zenix, ahead of its India debut on November 25. The MPV has seen possibly the biggest shift in its concept, moving to a FWD, monocoque architecture with hybrid power and SUV styling.

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Toyota Innova Hycross exterior dimensions, styling

the Toyota Innova Hycross is still recognizable as an Innova but with quite a bit more of an SUV-like theme. At 4,755mm long, 1,850mm wide and 1,795mm tall, the Hycross is longer and wider than the Crysta but of the same height it is  A large full-face grille dominates the look while drawing a link with the current Innova Crysta and other global models like the RAV4 and Toyota Highlander.

The headlamps are slimmer and more swept back now with LED units in the top variants. There is also a large housing for the foglamps, a wide DRL and a striking connected air dam that adds quite a bit of SUV character. The front and rear overhangs have been reduced further to add to the crossover styling, although the approach and departure angles as well as the 185mm ground clearance remain unchanged.

Toyota Innova Hycross unveiled globally with hybrid power, SUV looks

The bodywork of the Innova Hycross sees more creases than before along the sides and on the bonnet, although the functional boxy shape and large glass area continue in a more refined, again SUV-themed manner with the large 18-inch wheel. The flat MPV-style boot lid has been replaced with again more SUV-like design cues like the slated windscreen and beefed-up bumpers, the two-part taillamps are now very similar to Toyota’s other SUVs.

Toyota Innova Hycross interiors, features, ADAS

The biggest change with this update is that the Toyota Innova Hycross is now based on the TNGA-C architecture, losing the ladder-frame rear-wheel drive layout for a monocoque, front-driven architecture. This, combined with the significant 100mm increase should mean that interior space will see a notable jump from earlier. The front seats are now placed higher while there are large quarter-glasses for better frontal visibility.

Toyota Innova Hycross/Zenix: More leaked images

The Innova Hycross’ interior looks like a more contemporary space with a flat horizontal design, a large free-standing 10-inch touchscreen with a slim panel to AC control and a dash-mounted gear lever. The instrument cluster is new too with a new 7-inch MID as is the steering wheel. The interior is done up in a brown and black colour theme with silver highlights. The Indian version is expected to get a tan upholstery colour along with rear sun shades.

Toyota Innova Hycross/Zenix: More leaked images

There should be six and seven-seater seating configurations with the second-row seats being available with leg rests as well as rear touchscreens(possibly optional). The third row space has also been enhanced. The features list has been significantly enhanced with a panoramic sunroof, ambient light, electronic parking brake, wireless charging, four USB C-ports, second-row climate control, auto-hold, electronic parking brake, connected tech, rear sun shades  and drive modes. The Toyota Safety Sense ADAS functions have been added to.

Toyota Innova Hycross hybrid powertrain, specifications, expected mileage

Another significant change is that the Toyota Innova Hycross will now get a hybrid powertrain. This powertrain is expected to be unrelated to the one seen in the Camry and could be the same as the hybrid system as seen in the Corolla Cross SUV and new Prius internationally. This should bring with it mileage figures well over 20 kmpl.

This uses a 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle petrol motor that puts out 154PS and 190 Nm that pairs with a 113PS and 206 Nm electric motor with an e-CVT in the mix. The Innova Hycross will be a petrol-only offering for the first time now and lower-spec models could get a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol with 170PS and 202 Nm, again paired with a CVT.

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Toyota Innova Hycross hybrid expected prices, launch date

Prices for the Toyota Innova Hycross should start from Rs 20 to 22 lakh. The Toyota Innova Hycross is expected to be launched in India by early 2023. The Innova Crysta is expected to continue to be sold alongside the Hycross possibly in its lower variants. 

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