Underpinned by a new platform, there's a hybrid variant too
Toyota yesterday took the wraps off the all-new 2023 Innova in Indonesia, which is also known as the Kijang Innova Zenix there, featuring a fresh new design, new platform, new powertrain options and much more.
Unlike the outgoing model (our current version) which is underpinned by the IMV platform, the latest version of the Innova is built on a brand new TNGA-C monocoque chassis, promising improved driving dynamics than its predecessor.
Thanks to the new platform, the Innova is now 20 mm longer and 20 mm wider while the height of 1,795 mm remains unchanged.
According to Toyota, the ground clearance of 185 mm, as well as the approach and departure angles remain the same as the outgoing model. In addition, the new TNGA-C platform also resulted in a wheelbase that is 10 mm longer than before at 2,850 mm.
Also, the Innova is no longer a rear-wheel drive model as the engine is now transversely-mounted, with the power sent exclusively to the front wheels.
Speaking of power, the all-new Innova is offered as a hybrid in Indonesia, powered by a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated Dynamic Force engine producing 152 PS and 187 Nm of torque, and an electric motor that makes 113 PS and 205 Nm, bringing the combined total output to 186 PS.
There are still non-hybrid variants which get the 2.0-litre engine producing 174 PS and 205 Nm of torque. Both the hybrid and non-hybrid Innovas get CVT transmissions.
From what we can see, the exterior design looks more like an SUV than an MPV now, with highlights being the new striking front grille, LED lights, a panoramic roof, a more muscular body, as well as new wheel designs.
As for the interior, the all-new Innova gets a redesigned dashboard, new upholstery colours, either a nine- or ten-inch touch-screen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as larger storage compartments.
Where safety is concerned, Toyota Safety Sense is there with a long list of safety and driver assistance features like what we get in all the new Toyota models.
That being said, the all-new Toyota Innova is available in five variants in Indonesia, comprising two petrol and three hybrid variants with different list of features depending on variant.
Priced between IDR 419 million (RM122k) and IDR 601 million (RM175k) in Indonesia, the all-new Toyota Innova will surely come to Malaysia in the near future, but whether we will be getting the hybrid version remains unknown for now.