Toyota is next on the list to announce its newest car in India today– the all-new Innova Hycross MPV. The global debut earlier this week saw the car take the form of the Innova Zenix in Indonesia, but they are basically twins. The brand-new Hycross will become the first Innova to be based on a monocoque construction and it's a hybrid too!
This generation of Innova has a more SUV-like appearance with an upright grille, a raised bonnet line and body cladding all around. Additionally, the prominent hexagonal grille gets a gunmetal finish. The automatic LED headlamps and a wide front bumper with silver accents are great touches added to the MPV. Much like the good ole Crysta, the new Hycross gets a large glasshouse, offering sufficient visibility for all three rows. The 10-spoke alloys are finished in chrome, to give it that premium flare. Measuring 4,755mm in length and 1,850mm in width, with a 100mm longer wheelbase it's quite a bull on the streets!
On the inside, you get a multi-layered dashboard with horizontal lines, a semi-digital instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch MID display and a large 10.1in floating touchscreen that flows down to the rectangular airconditioning vents and stack of HVAC control.
The Hycross comes in a total of five variants ranging from the basic to the whole package going the extra mile with shifters, connected car tech, ventilated front seats, a nine-speaker JBL audio system, ambient lighting, multi-zone climate control (front and rear) and a powered tailgate. An iconic Innova first– the new Hycross also gets a panoramic sunroof.
Debuting Toyota’s ADAS tech in India, the car packs on safety features like lane keep assist, blind spot monitor, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert and a pre-collision system and comes equipped with six airbags, ABS with EBD, Traction Control and ESP.
The Innova Hycross gets both petrol and strong-hybrid powertrain options. The latter is a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit coupled with Toyota’s fifth-gen strong hybrid tech (M20A-FXS). This engine, like most Toyota hybrid units, uses the Atkinson or Miller cycle to improve fuel efficiency. It produces 152hp and 187Nm of torque and is paired with an electric motor for a combined power output of 184hp.
The non-hybrid version of the same 1,987cc engine makes 172hp and 205Nm and is coupled with a CVT gearbox. The hybrid option claims to offer a fuel efficiency figure of 21.1kpl, giving it a range of 1,097km on a full tank of fuel. Lastly, it is capable of 0-100kph in 9.5sec. The Hycross is expected to be priced around ₹22 lakh to ₹28 lakh and will be sold alongside the Innova Crysta next year. Bookings are open now.