What used to simply be a rumor in the automotive industry has now been confirmed today. The next-generation 2023 Toyota Innova is going the hybrid electric route.
This is thanks to a teaser that the Japanese automaker recently revealed–showcasing a darkened side profile of the Innova with the signature hybrid badge mounted on its front doors. The Innova is designed primarily for the Southeast Asian market, and considering the huge popularity of this vehicle in the region, it should further increase the overall share of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) in Toyota’s overall sales.
It is also expected that the 2.8-liter turbo diesel will also be dropped in favor of this electrified powertrain. Also expected is the shift from the rear-wheel drive (RWD) Hilux-based platform to a more modern and electrification-ready, front-wheel drive (FWD) Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. This is unlike the Avanza/Veloz, which utilizes the budget-friendly Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) for developing markets.
Specifically, the 2023 Toyota Innova is expected to adopt the TNGA-C platform, which is what underpins the Corolla Altis and Corolla Cross. With that, the Innova is also expected to move upmarket, with features such as digital gauges, wireless charging, and the full Toyota Safety Sense suite of advanced driver-assistance tech.
As for its design and dimensions, the 2023 Toyota Innova seems to get a lot of cues from the Corolla Cross. This is evident from the previous teaser photo, as it showcases a bold grille that’s flanked by LED headlights. We also expect the Innova to be similar in size to the outgoing model. But because this will now ride on the TNGA platform, the provisions of a car-based architecture will significantly increase the Innova’s interior volume.