Thursday, February 9

Toyota Innova HyCross revealed in India. Bookings open, deliveries in January

Toyota has unveiled the all-new Innova Hycross MPV in India. Deliveries are slated to commence from January 2023 following its price announcement. The Innova HyCross made its global debut earlier this week as the Innova Zenix in Indonesia.

The Innova Hycross has a bolder and SUV-ish design compared to the Innova Crysta, while also being longer and wider. It features a large trapezoidal grille up front with slim LED headlamps on either side. The front bumper has triangular vents with slim LED daytime running lights, while the fog lamps are positioned on the lower section, either side of the air dam. The rear features wraparound tail lamps with a chrome strip in the centre, a chunky bumper and a roof spoiler.

Like the Crysta, the new Hycross gets a large glasshouse, promising good visibility for all three rows. It gets bigger, 10-spoke alloys finished in chrome, giving a premium look.

The Hycross measures 4,755mm in length and 1,850mm in width – both slightly more than the Innova Crysta. When it comes to the wheelbase, the new Innova Hycross is also 100mm longer.

The Innova Hycross is based on the TNGA-C monocoque architecture. It is available with a pure petrol and petrol-hybrid powertrain. The former is a 2.0-litre unit that puts out 172 BHP and 197 Nm. The strong-hybrid version uses a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine paired with Toyota’s 5th-gen strong-hybrid tech for a combined output of 183 BHP. Both engines are offered with a CVT that drives the front axle.

The strong-hybrid version is said to offer a fuel efficiency of 21.1 km/l.

On the inside, the interior of the Hycross marks a complete departure from the Crysta. It gets a multi-layered dashboard with horizontal lines, and while it looks unique, some elements like the steering wheel and semi-digital instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch MID display are similar to the Voxy MPV sold abroad. What stands out here is the large 10.1-inch floating touchscreen that flows down to the rectangular AC vents and stack of HVAC control.

The dashboard also gets soft-touch leather and metallic decorations. Also new with the Hycross is the dashboard-mounted gear lever console. The Innova Hycross get a dual-tone, brown and black interior theme with Dark Chestnut leather seat upholstery.

The Hycross comes in a total of five variants, with Toyota equipping the higher ones with features like paddle shifters, connected car tech, ventilated front seats, nine-speaker JBL audio system, ambient lighting, multi-zone climate control (front and rear) and a powered tailgate. In a first for an Innova, the new Hycross also gets a large panoramic sunroof.

The new Innova Hycross debuts the Toyota Safety Sense which comes with features like lane keep assist, blind spot monitor, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert and a pre-collision system. In terms of other safety features, the Hycross comes equipped with six airbags, ABS with EBD, Traction Control and ESP.

When it comes to seating configurations, the Innova Hycross gets 7- and 8-seat layouts. The 7-seat configuration gets two captain’s chairs equipped with a first-in-segment ottoman function for the middle row, and a bench seat for the third row. The 8-seat layout, on the other hand, gets bench seats for both second and third rows. Toyota is providing three-point seatbelts for all passengers.

Toyota has also opened the order books and customers can book the car by paying a token amount of Rs 50,000.

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