After a series of teasers, the 2023 Toyota Innova has finally been unveiled, receiving perhaps its most comprehensive overhaul since the highly-popular MPV first went on sale in 2005.
All of the rumors have been confirmed, with the 2023 Toyota Innova migrating to the car-based Toyota New Global Architecture–specifically the TNGA-C that underpins the Corolla Altis, Corolla Cross, and even the Lexus UX luxury crossover SUV. As a result, expect a significantly improved drive now that the Innova is riding on a sophisticated global platform.
Dimensionally, the new Innova is slightly longer (4,755 mm) and slightly wider (now at 1,850 mm). Its height is the same at 1,795 mm, which means that it should also have significantly better room now that it’s riding on the TNGA-C platform that allows for a taller floor.
This has also given the Innova what is arguably is best design yet. Gone are the unweildy wheel gap of the Hilux-based outgoing model. In its place is an MPV with crossover SUV looks that mimic the North American-exclusive Highlander, and wheel sizes of up to 18 inches that fill the fenders really well. Creature comforts such as smart entry with push-button start, a powered tailgate, and full LED exterior lighting can be expected on the top trim variants of whichever market this will be sold in.
Likewise, the interior is a huge step up, with Toyota finally deciding to add soft touch plastics to what was otherwise a very utilitarian MPV. A 9-inch touch screen is standard, but top trim variants benefit from a 10-inch screen. The first-ever hybrid models also benefit from a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, along with amenities such as a panoramic sunroof, dual rear screens, leather upholstery, just to name a few.
As mentioned, the 2023 Toyota Innova comes in two flavors, and both are shared with a Lexus and Toyota. Toyota went all out and used their Dynamic Force range of 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, with the standard non-hybrid model having an impressive output of 174 horsepower and 205 Nm.
Now, the piece de resistance of the new Innova is its hybrid powertrain–a powerful 2.0-liter one at that, which offers a stout 192 horsepower total system output. Both powertrains are mated to a CVT (e-CVT for the hybrid).
Naturally, its migration towards the TNGA platform also means that the Innova finally adopts the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) suite of advanced driver-assistance tech. These features include Pre-Collision System (PCS), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), and Automatic High Beam (AHB). This comes on top of stuff such as a 360-degree camera, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and the usual suite of airbags.
The 2023 Toyota Innova will be assembled in Indonesia, where the vehicle was developed. It is also Indonesia’s first locally-manufactured electrified vehicle. It is still unknown whether Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) will assemble the Innova in the Philippines or not.
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