It is no secret that Toyota is preparing the next-gen Innova MPV, which has been spotted couple of times on the Indian roads. A new media report claims that the next-gen Toyota Innova will be introduced by Diwali 2022.
The report further claims that the next-gen Toyota Innova will be a front-wheel-drive model and will be equipped with a hybrid powertrain. Codenamed B560, the new Innova is expected to be based on Toyota’s heavily localised TNGA-B or DNGA platform. This platform currently underpins the new-gen Avanza MPV, which is on sale in Indonesia.
In fact, Maruti-Toyota compact SUV, Hyundai Creta rival, will also be based on this platform. We expect the next-gen Toyota Innova to make global debut by Diwali 2022, while India launch expected by the year end or early 2023.
The previous-gen Avanza was based on the RWD IMV platform that underpins the current Innova Crysta and the Fortuner. Toyota is likely to use the front-wheel-drive TNGA-B platform to develop the next Innova. For reference, the new Avanza is 4,475mm long, which is 260mm shorter than the Innova. However, both models ride on the same 2,750mm wheelbase. The FWD platform also allows Avanza to offer Innova-like cabin space.
The next-gen Toyota Innova could be slightly shorter than the current model; however, the cabin space is expected to be better. The FWD platform will also help Toyota to price the new Innova more competitively.
Toyota has started testing the next-gen Innova MPV on the Indian roads. The India-spec model could look slightly different from the Avanza. The spy images show that the front door and the ORVM’s shape seems similar to the Avanza; however, the new Innova will have longer rear doors and small quarter glass window. Moreover, the spotted model has more upright and less raked D-pillar for more headroom in the third-row.
The next Toyota Innova will come with a hybrid powertrain. This will help the new model to meet the tightening global emission standards. Exact details about the engine option hasn’t been revealed. For reference, the Toyota Corolla Cross hybrid comes with a 1.8-litre Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder petrol engine that provides 98PS and 142Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via an e-CVT and the powertrain works together with an electric motor rated at 72PS and 163Nm. The combined power output stands at 122PS.
Source – AutoCarIndia