Whenever I see an Innova, this one-liner by H. Dundiraj flashes in my head: ಬಸ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಓಡಾಡಿ ಓಡಾಡಿ ಬೆನ್ನೊವಾ? ಹಾಗಾದ್ರೆ ತಗೊಳ್ಳಿ ಒಂದು ಇನ್ನೋವಾ!
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has been having a fantastic time selling MPVs in India ever since the Qualis (third-gen Kijang) was introduced over two decades ago. The Qualis successor Innova received even more love, thanks to a “premium” appeal it had compared with its bare-bones predecessor. The company hopes to continue leading the premium MPV segment in the country with the third-gen Innova, re-branded as Innova HyCross. Prices are yet to be disclosed but pre-orders are open for a deposit of INR 50,000. And, some of you might be disappointed to learn that the Innova HyCross will be the only Innova on sale from now on; meaning, the previous-gen Innova (Innova Crysta) will not be sold alongside the new model.
As some of you may know, the new Innova HyCross is nothing but the India-spec version of the Kijang Innova Zenix that debuted in Indonesia just a few days ago. For the Indian market too, Toyota is offering petrol and petrol-electric hybrid powertrain options. The petrol trim lineup includes G and GX, while the hybrid trim lineup includes VX, ZX and ZX (O). And it’s the ZX trims that offer standard captain’s chairs for the second row, while the rest of the trims offer a choice of 7- or 8-seating configurations. The ZX (O) trim offers powered Ottoman seats with a long footrest that slides out.
Key exterior features depending on the trim include tripe-LED headlights; LED running lights that double as turn signals; LED taillight signatures; 18-inch alloy wheels; a panoramic sunroof, and a powered tailgate.
The cabin also now looks more premium compared with the outgoing Innova; the example shown here features a Dark Chestnut dual-tone theme. Key features depending on the trim include a 10.1-inch central touchscreen; a 7-inch MID; a 9-speaker JBL audio system; multi-zone air conditioning (front & rear); ventilated front seats; 8-way power driver seat with memory; mood lighting; electrochromic IRVM, and more. Download the brochure here. The Ottoman seats shown in the photos here are standard on the ZX (O) trim.
As for safety equipment, the ZX (O) trim gets up to 6 airbags. This trim also gets the Toyota Safety Sense suite, which includes Dynamic Radar Cruise Control; Blind Spot Monitor; Pre-Collision System; Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Lane Trace Assist.
As with any modern car out there, the Innova HyCross too comes with connected car features, where you can control certain functions of the car remotely via a smartphone app, such as lock/unlock, start/stop, AC, immobilization, vehicle health, and a few more.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story then, the Innova HyCross will be available with the same set of powertrain options as those of the Kijang Innova Zenix. The petrol engine is a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated unit (M20A-FKS), producing 128 kW (174 metric hp) and 205 Nm (151 lb-ft) of torque, paired with a CVT, driving the front wheels.
The petrol-electric hybrid powertrain combines a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder naturally aspirated unit (M20A-FXS) with an electric motor hooked-up with a CVT, offering a system output of 137 kW (186 metric hp). This variant comes with a 168-cell Ni-MH (Nickel Metal Hydride) battery pack and offers an EV mode as well.
Nope, there are no all-wheel-drive variants.