The Toyota Innova has shown prowess on the roads of India for decades and needs absolutely no introduction to anyone here. And if the Innova is the go-to choice over the vast landscapes of the country, the Innova Crysta bridges the gap between fleets and private owners in a way no other passenger vehicle has or still has. . But while the Crysta continues to dominate the full-size MPV segment, growth is inevitable and in the face of a host of newer three-row models on the market, the Toyota Innova Hycross is poised to land down here as a potential game changer.
The Innova Hycross has several claims to fame beyond its ‘Innova’ name tag. It promises an unsurpassed on-road presence, more intimidating styling than SUV bodies, plenty of cabin space and a powerful hybrid engine that greatly increases the mileage of this mileage vehicle. . Will the Innova Hycross then tick all the appropriate boxes before the official price launch?
This is a first impression review of the brand new Toyota Hybrid innovation:
How big is the Toyota Innova Hycross:
The Innova Crysta has always been a family vehicle with a one-size-fits-all, and then a few other things. The Innova Hycross builds on this and enhances the numbers even further. Innova Hycross is 4,755 mm long, 1,845 mm wide and 1,795 mm high. It has a wheelbase of 2,850 mm, which means more space inside.
|Innova Hycross vs Innova Crysta – size||cross||crystal|
|The standard long||2850mm||2750mm|
|cargo space||300 liters||300 liters|
Although the Innova Hycross is larger in size than the Innova Crysta, it is more likely to connect with potential buyers through a significantly different look. While still largely an MPV, the SUV-ish credentials as far as visual cues are concerned are undeniable. It’s like Crysta going to the gym and pumping iron, and stepping out as Hycross. The foot date has been omitted, though, because while the large front grille, large wheel arches and elongated window lines look great, the 18-inch alloy wheels look small.
What’s inside the Toyota Innova Hycross:
Three rows of seats and promises enough space for seven passengers. Make an excuse and leave the seventh passenger at home because for six people there may not be a more comfortable car in this segment than the Innova Hycross.
The first electric powered Ottoman chair in the mid-segment is luxurious and transforms into a beach bed replica with the push of two buttons – one to recline and the other to rest the legs. Dedicated roof-mounted AC vents, large panoramic sunroof and large windows often with manual blinds further enhance the ambience. There are two Type-C charging points on the center console, and the absence of floor ledges ensures ample legroom. Otherwise, there’s no foldable tray on the back of the front seats – keep in mind that the Crysta has these – and the center tray between the two Chief Seats is utterly flimsy.
The second row seats fold and slide easily enough to make getting in and out of the third row relatively simple. The space here is also quite adequate – in relative terms – but three adults won’t want to plod down here unless absolutely necessary. The third-row dedicated AC vents and charging points could be used to convince them. And even with all the seats up, there’s room in the absolute back to fit two carry-on suitcases. Of course, the split seats and fold flat will allow for more luggage.
The quality of the upholstery on the seats, the soft leather on the dashboard, the vertically oriented center console, the new steering wheel design and the feature list that includes a 10.1-inch touchscreen, a 9-speaker JBL audio, 7-inch TFT display for the driver, wireless phone charging, ventilated front seats, power-adjustable tailgate and power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory function are well-thought-out additions. dual.
How does the Toyota Innova Hycross drive?
Right now, we don’t have as much time as we’d like to check out every aspect of the Innova Hycross on the go. But in our 50km highway test, there were indeed some clear spots. The Innova Hycross will only be offered with a petrol engine option – one with and without the powerful hybrid, and both paired with an automatic transmission. We test-drive the powerful hybrid version.
|Toyota Innova Hycross Hybrid – specifications|
|Engine||The 5th generation of hybrid gasoline|
|Maximum capacity||183.7 hp|
|Engine torque||188 Nm|
|Engine torque||206 Nm|
Innova Hycross is much more subtle than Crysta but that happens all the time. It starts smoothly on the electric motor and delivers power in tandem with the engine at moderate speeds. Strong throttle input and/or at high speed, engine-only mode starts. Like on Urban Cruiser Hyryder, all of this thanks to the car having a smart brain of its own. Target? To provide the best mileage possible.
There are also three driving modes – Eco, Normal and Power. On the highway with the test unit just me and no luggage, we tried to see the fuel economy – that’s the 17 km/l mark. This is pretty good because minimal braking means the battery doesn’t get charged as much as it does in heavy traffic. But also consider that the car was in Eco mode for about 40 out of 50 km.
In addition to mileage, there are many other factors to like. The transmission is primarily capable of precise gear shifting based on throttle input and the Innova Hycross continues to boast car-like character despite being a full-size MPV. Suspension and steering are generally well designed even though we’ll reserve our final verdict on this until more extensive driving. NVH levels are mostly well controlled, except for the occasional engine noise that gets in when pushing the car forward. All in all, it looks like the Hycross is built on the basics of Crysta and comes complete with ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System), which covers most bases well.
Should you buy Toyota Innova Hycross?
It is a bit difficult to answer this without knowing how Toyota will price the Innova Hycross. This should especially consider the company that will continue to sell the Innova Crysta.
Expected – $30 thousand won
- SUV-like appearance
- Big in space
- Powerful hybrid engine
- No plans for diesel engines yet
- Wheel size could be larger
The Innova Crysta itself is a powerful, comfortable MPV with plenty of space. But if mileage and even more amenities are an absolute priority, the Innova Hycross will likely make more sense. What awaits now is the price it asks for.
First published date: December 6, 2022, 11:59 a.m. IST