New Delhi: The Innova Hycross: The first Toyota to come with ADAS in India
Toyota Innova Hycross (new generation) is all set to launch in India tomorrow and the price reveal could happen on the same day. Not a replacement for the Crysta, the Innova Hycross is more premium, more luxurious and gets major changes under its skin.
Let’s take a look at the top five things you should know about the new MPV ahead of its launch in India:
Toyota Innova Hycross is an all-new MPV with new underpinnings based on the brand’s TNGA-C monocoque platform, as opposed to the body-on-frame chassis that the previous Innova had.
Toyota Innova Hycross looks even more powerful even when the design is an evolution of the Toyota Innova Crysta. It’s undoubtedly an MPV, but the styling draws on the lines of an SUV. This is possibly due to its widened wheel arches as well as sharper headlights and taillights. The overall styling has a rather upright stance, and this is even more evident with the vertically upright trapezoidal radiator grille.
Toyota Innova Hycross’s cabin has been extensively redesigned. It now looks more luxurious and high-quality, with a much more coherent dashboard design. It continues to be offered in six- and seven-seat configurations, and the former gets electrically powered middle-row seats with a footrest for second-row passengers to rest their feet on after a tiring day.
Technically, there should be more room in the second row, thanks to the MPV’s 100mm longer wheelbase. Life in the third row should also improve due to a big change in the powertrain setup.
An Innova nameplate has never seen such an extensive list of features in its life. It now gets a panoramic sunroof, dual rear entertainment screens, electronic parking brake with automatic hold, a 10-inch floating infotainment system and a full suite of ADAS, a first for the brand in India.
Other features include steering wheel audio controls, rear AC vents with separate controls, keyless entry with push button start and ambient lighting. Its safety kit includes multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, rear camera, rear parking sensors, electronic stability control and hill start assist.
New power unit
Okay, let’s clear the air right off the bat. There is no diesel engine on offer. And before fleet owners, or even mileage owners, get upset about the efficiency benefits of diesel, there’s a petrol-powered hybrid powertrain that combines an electric motor and a two-litre petrol mill to produce 186bhp.
The new setup sends power to the front wheels instead of the rear, unlike previous iterations of the Innova – hence the aforementioned extra space for the third row. There is also a non-hybrid petrol powertrain that produces 174bhp. It is paired with a CVT transmission, while the hybrid powertrain gets an e-CVT unit.
Price and rivals
Innova Hycross new features and powertrain changes will certainly increase its price of the Innova Hycross compared to the Crysta and it may cost around Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom). It would offer a premium alternative to its Innova Crysta cousin (which will be sold alongside the Hycross) as well as the Kia Carens and Mahindra Marazzo.