• The Toyota Innova gets hybrid propulsion in Indonesia

The changes are a lot more in-depth than simply adding a hybrid powertrain to the MPV

After giving small snippets in the form of teasers for a while, Toyota has finally taken the wraps off the Innova Hycross MPV. Called the Innova Zenix in Indonesia, the main party trick is of course the MPV getting a hybrid option, but Toyota has given the India-bound MPV enough changes to give it a radically different identity over its standard counterpart.

For starters, the Innova Hycross now rides on a monocoque chassis instead of the body-on-frame setup from before thanks to it being based on Toyota’s new TNGA:GA-C platform. This has allowed it to gain 20mm over the Innova Crysta in length and width, with the wheelbase extended by 100mm. 

As far as looks go, the Hycross is certainly an upgrade with the more upright nose giving it more of an SUV stance. The changes up front also include sleeker LED headlights, a new bumper featuring triangular air vents and LED DRLs running along it. While things don’t seem too different from the sides, the new 18-inch alloy wheels and the sculpted wheel arches do give it more muscle. The sleeker tail lamps round off the exterior evolution.

The changes are a lot more apparent inside starting with a larger 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and it now also gets a seven-inch digital driver’s display. The boatload of additional features don’t stop there as it gets a panoramic sunroof, a voice-activated hands free tailgate, a new steering wheel with paddle shifts, an electronic parking brake with auto hold dual 10-inch rear seat entertainment screens as well as ADAS.

Under the hood is where the biggest change is present. While detailed specifications haven’t been revealed, but it can be specced with a 2.0-litre petrol engine in either a standard or strong hybrid guise. Also, both engines will get a CVT gearbox. Toyota also claims the Innova Hycross can be run in pure electric propulsion or a mix of both ICE and electric power.

The best thing about all this is that the Toyota Innova Hycross will debut in India on November 25 with prices likely to show up soon. Do note that it’ll be sold alongside the Innova Crysta as a premium alternative and not replace the current MPV on sale in India.


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