2023 Toyota Innova debuts with electric powertrain 

Updated Nov 21, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

A definite leap in tech and features. 

The next-generation 2023 Toyota Innova has been revealed in Indonesia as the Innova Zenix Hybrid. This comes after teasing the new model for weeks on end, and six years after the currently sold (outgoing) second-gen model was first released in the Philippine market. 

A picture of the next-generation Toyota Innova

The all-new 2023 Toyota Innova

Now in its third generation, the new model has plenty of new features that one wouldn't have expected on this well-known Toyota nameplate. The most noteworthy among these is the fact that it now has a hybrid engine. And like most next-gen models, it has plenty of new features, and a new look as well. 

Let’s check out the all-new 2023 Toyota Innova in detail. 

Exterior 

As detailed in the numerous spy pics, the Toyota Innova for 2023 assumes a more modern design. The hexagonal grille is still front and center at the front fascia, but it is more horizontally oriented and smaller.  

The grille is then flanked by a pair of sharp-looking LED headlamp clusters, while the lower bumper gets black a trim piece spanning the width of the vehicle. This in turn houses an LED light strip which functions as the vehicle’s daytime running lamps. On either side of the lowermost vent, meanwhile, are a pair of LED fog lamps. The hood of the all-new Innova is likewise flatter than ever before.  

A picture of the side of the 2023 Toyota Innova

Toyota itself has classified this model as a multi-purpose crossover

On the side of the new Innova is a flatter roof, making for a more direct silhouette. The beltline on the side of the vehicle also appears straighter and more direct, and the wheel arches appear prominent. It is also from the side that one can see that it now gets shorter overhangs on the rear and front. 

The rear end of the new Innova likewise continues the contemporary theme with plenty of angular details, coupled with a fancy new LED taillight design. A black-colored lower rear bumper is also present. 

Also new on the 2023 Innova is a voice activated power tailgate, as well as a sunroof.

A picture of the rear of the next-gen Toyota Innova

The new Innova from the rear

Completing the look of the model is a set of 18-inch alloy wheels. Some details like the badges also get a blue tinge to indicate its electrified powertrain.  

The new Innova Zenix Hybrid stands 4,755mm long, 1,850mm wide, and 1,795mm in height. It also gets a 2,850mm long wheelbase, and a ground clearance of 185mm.  

Interior 

The all-new Toyota Innova can seat up to either seven or eight depending on the trim. The top-spec model gets captains chairs with an ottoman function, and occupants are kept cool by an automatic digital air-conditioning system.  

The ottoman seats are electronically adjustable and equipped with an electronic leg rest. Likewise, the front seats are electronically adjustable as well.  

A picture of the interior of the 2023 Toyota Innova

The next-gen Innova's second and third rows

Present on the new Innova are plenty of driver amenities. These include a fully digital gauge cluster, a push-to-start button, a center armrest, and a tilt and telescopic steering wheel.  

Tech & Safety 

Handling the entertainment needs of the next-gen Innova is a central 10-inch touchscreen, with two 10-inch second row touchscreens. The latter are mounted on the rear of the front seats. As for the main head unit, it comes with smartphone connectivity. Charging one’s phone in the new Innova is also made easy thanks to a wireless smartphone charging pad.

Toyota Indonesia also gave the all-new Innova’s top-spec variants a 360-degree view camera. This is paired with the Toyota Safety Sense driver-assist suite which includes adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and autonomous emergency braking, among others.

A picture of the next-gen Innova's second row headunits

The next-gen Innova's second row headunits

The Toyota Safety Sense is then supported by a number of standard safety equipment. These include, but are not limited to six airbags, stability control, hill-start assist, etc. 

This updated MPV also features a good number of online features integrated with a smartphone app. It has a “stolen vehicle tracking” system, a monitor for maintenance intervals, and a way to easily contact customer support.  

Engine & Performance 

Unlike the outgoing model, the new Innova now uses a monocoque body. That said, it no longer uses the old ladder-frame Toyota IMV Platform that the current Toyota Hilux and Fortuner uses.  

It now uses the Toyota New Global Architecture-C, or TNGA-C platform instead. It shares this with the Lexus UX, Corolla, and Corolla Cross. So yes, it also made the switch from rear-wheel-drive to front-wheel-drive.  

Under the hood of the new Indonesia-spec Toyota Innova is either a 2.0-liter combustion-only four-banger, or a 2.0-liter hybrid. Both are paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). 

A picture of the 2023 Toyota Innova's cockpit

It gets a leg up in terms of premiumness

For the gasoline-only 2.0-liter mill, it can produce up to 174 horsepower and 205 Nm of torque. Figures for the hybrid powertrain are yet to be revealed, but one can imagine that it can churn out more than the gasoline-only engine.

We also know that the 2.0-liter hybrid can run using an electric-only or EV mode. However, Toyota Indonesia has not given range figures yet for this mode as of the launch.

If you want to learn more about the next-gen Toyota Innova, then keep it here on the Philippine’s largest automotive portal.  

Know more about Toyota Innova 2023

Toyota Innova

The Toyota Innova is one of the best-sellers from the leading automotive brand in the country, Toyota Motor Philippines. It is a compact MPV that can accommodate seven occupants while other variants have a seating capacity of eight. The Toyota Innova's prices in the Philippines ranges from PHP 1,191,000 to PHP 1,764,000. It has six variants in the market starting with the Innova J, up to the top-spec Innova V.

For the Philippine market, the Toyota Innova 2023 has only one engine option. It uses a 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine capable of producing up to 171 horsepower and 360 Nm of torque. Depending on the variant, uses uses a five-speed manual gearbox, or a six-speed transmission. Size-wise, this Toyota-made MPV is 4,735mm long, 1,830mm wide, and 1,795mm in height.It also has a wheelbase length of 2,750mm, and a ground clearance of 178mm.

The Toyota Innova's competitors in the local market includes the Mitsubishi Xpander, Suzuki Ertiga, GAC GN6, and the Maxus G50. 

₱ 1,191,000 - ₱ 1,764,000

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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