The next-generation 2023 Toyota Innova has officially been teased in Indonesia, with industry rumors suggesting that the highly-popular MPV is going to debut as soon as November. The upcoming third-generation Innova is also rumored to be a completely different vehicle from before because it’s expected to follow the footsteps of the Avanza and Veloz.
That’s because reports have suggested that the upcoming 2023 Toyota Innova will ditch the Hilux-based IMV body-on-frame platform in favor of the car-based Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) that underpins cars like the Corolla Altis, Corolla Cross, Camry, RAV4, along with a host of Lexus models like the UX and NX. With that in mind, the Innova will now be an engine that’s transversely mounted to drive the front wheels as opposed to longitudinally mounted to drive the rear axle.
The switch to a unibody car-based architecture will undoubtedly increase interior space significantly. However, in the Philippines, the Innova is used not just as a family car, but also as a heavy-duty workhorse. Migrating to a unibody platform will most likely limit its appeal to those treating the Innova as a workhorse, so it’s interesting to see how the market will react to a car-based Innova.
With the switch to a more rigid and electrification-ready TNGA platform, the 2023 Toyota Innova is also expected to gain a hybrid electric powertrain for the first time. The migration towards the TNGA platform will also undoubtedly improve driving dynamics as well, as we’ve witnessed with all Toyota and Lexus models that now utilize this architecture.
That’s all of the information that we now for now, so if you want to be updated regarding the upcoming third-generation Innova, we’ll definitely let you know as soon as possible.
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