2023 Toyota Innova launch could take place later this year, to get monocoque chassis and hybrid powertrain
Toyota India is set to launch the fourth generation 2023 Innova during Diwali this year as per various reports. The next iteration of the popular MPV will reportedly get comprehensive updates which were never seen on an Innova all this time. Let’s tell you what they are.
Codenamed 560B, for the first time, the Innova will shed its heavy and reliable ladder frame for a more modern monocoque chassis that’s based on the brand’s new TNGA-C architecture (internationally called the Global Architecture C). This is the same architecture on which the present-day Corolla Cross is also built.
Designed taking inspiration from the brand’s boxy Japanese MPVs – Voxy and Noah, the upcoming Innova will get a petrol hybrid powerplant for the first time against the usual reliable diesel engines.
The MPV will reportedly be 4.7 metres long, slightly shorter than the existing Innova Crysta. But the wheelbase will be longer at 2850 mm with a wider body as well meaning the space on offer will be more than that of the existing Crysta.
As far as looks are concerned, the boxy car gets nearly vertical pillars, again, for liberating more space within the lowered perimeter when compared to the present model. The bonnet looks almost flat with Corolla Cross inspired sleek headlamps and high-mounted grille.
The MPV will get regular opening doors and not sliding ones which have become the norm abroad.
On the inside, the huge space will be complemented by modern technologies like connected tech, ventilated seats, wireless charging, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, reclining captain seats, etc., Some features from the Vellfire could also make their way.
The overall weight will be lighter than the Innova Crysta by a huge 170 kg thereby reducing overall load on the new hybrid powerplant.
Toyota recently trademarked the Innova Hycross name and the upcoming Innova will reportedly get the same name and might also replace the current Innova Crysta owing to the generation change.
With the latter already performing well, the new Innova is set to follow suit. The launch is expected by Diwali this year with a premium over the Innova Crysta for the hybrid powertrain, the added space, and the features.