This is the next-gen Toyota Innova


Next-gen Toyota InnovaOver the past weeks, rumors about the next-generation Toyota Innova have been circulating all over the internet. Being an important model in the Asian region, people are anticipating what the next Innova will exactly be. If you are one of those, then fret no more as the next-gen Toyota Innova is finally out of its covers.

In case you missed it, the all-new Toyota Innova was officially unveiled in Indonesia earlier this week. Following the launch are the official information and photos of the next generation Innova. Marketed as the Toyota Kijang Innova Zenix, the arrival of the Indonesian Innova pretty much confirmed most of the previous speculations about the latest iteration of the Toyota MPV.

Aside from the obvious exterior design update, the next-gen Toyota Innova features more changes beneath its skin. For one, the Toyota MPV now has a completely different drivetrain layout. From the rear-wheel drive layout of its predecessors, the all-new Innova now uses its front wheels to transfer power to the ground.

The change in drivetrain layout is a result of the  Toyota MPV being built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) modular platform ditching the previous model’s ladder frame chassis (IMV) construction. While the all-new Innova grew in terms of length and width, Autocar India reports that the use of TNGA-C monocoque chassis resulted in a lighter overall weight. It is also expected that the use of the modular platform will give the next-gen Innova a car-like driving feel.

Another huge change in the new Toyota MPV is its engine options. Based on the recent Indonesian launch, Toyota no longer offers diesel-powered Innova variants. Confirming the prior hybrid claims, the all-new Indonesian Toyota Innova is now powered by a 5th gen Toyota HEV 2.0-liter hybrid engine. The latest Innova also comes in a 2.0-liter gasoline-powered variant mated to a CVT. No word yet on whether a manual transmission variant will come.

Housing the big technical changes of the Innova is a completely new exterior design. Upfront, the next-gen Innova features a front fascia that is highlighted by a huge grill together with its wide LED headlights. Under the large front grill is a functional mid grill that integrates faux vents on each side.

Next-gen Toyota InnovaThe longer overall length of the all-new Innova has been further emphasized by the body lines which stretch to the taillights, contrary to its predecessors’ flat side body panels. For the rear, the next-gen Innova went for a cleaner layout highlighted by its wide tail lights that wrap to its sides. The rear bumper became slimmer and now features a rear diffuser as a centerpiece.

Stepping inside, the next-gen Innova features a totally revamped interior design. Based on official photos, the Innova now has a dash-mounted shifter and will now feature electronic parking brakes. With it being a front-wheel drive, the drivetrain tunnel has been eliminated which resulted in a flat second-row flooring and better third-row access.

The next-gen Innova also received the Toyota Safety Sense suite of safety features Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, Lane Tracing Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Auto High Beam.

As for pricing, the Indonesian Innova Hybrid is priced starting at Rp 458,000,000 (PHP 1,674,465), while the gasoline-powered Innova is priced at Rp 419,000,000 (PHP 1,531,879). No news yet if and when Toyota Motor Philippines is bringing in the all-new Toyota Innova. Following Indonesia, the next-gen Innova is set to be launched in India later this week.

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