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Toyota Innova Hycross Review: Will it excel or fail? read review

Now, six years after the launch of the Crysta and 17 years of the Innova brand, Toyota has revamped its popular MPV yet again. The company is now launching a new variant of the Innova, the Innova Hycross which comes with a strong hybrid setup.

So how much has the all-new Toyota Innova Highcross changed the game? Has the new makeover made it more attractive? We recently drove the Toyota Innova Highcross to find out. Here we are sharing our experiences with you.

Toyota Innova Highcross Exterior Design

All the old models of Toyota Innova were being introduced in MPV design, but now in new avatar Innova Highcross has been given SUV-like design. The design masters at Toyota decided that it was time to overhaul the design of the Innova.

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The New Innova Highcross sports a striking front design with a large hexagonal grille. In which chrome accents have been used with a glossy black front grille. The front gets triple LED headlight, LED position lamp and a big muscular bumper.

There are LED fog lamps on either side of the bumper. The LED DRLs act as turn indicators. A large air dam section split in two, with the lower section showing Foulk lamps on either side.

Talking about the side profile, black plastic wheel arches have been used in it. The 18-inch alloy wheels of the Hycross are shod in wide tires with 225/50 R18 section.

The new Innova sports sleek wraparound taillights that are joined by a thick strip of chrome. At the rear, a rear spoiler has been placed above the back windscreen, which also houses a brake light. Automatic opening feature has been given in its tailgate.

Toyota Innova Highcross Interior & Convenience

The interiors of the Toyota Innova have always been pretty upmarket, but the new Innova Highcross takes cabin luxury to a whole new level. In its interior, a lot of soft-touch material has been used in the dashboard. There are also climate controls in the center console. Apart from this, a large 10.1-inch infotainment display has been given on the dashboard.

Apart from this, wireless phone charger and two gloveboxes have been given in the features. On the other side of the dashboard, there is a large 7-inch driver’s display behind the steering wheel, which gives more details about the hybrid system.

The dashboard and its gadgets have been completely updated by the company. The Innova Highcross is a premium MPV in a nutshell and the cabin offers more than you would expect. The Z-X Space Highcross sports Dark Chestnut Art Leather upholstery which further adds to the luxury of the Innova.

Both the front seats also get 8-way power adjustments and ventilation with memory function. With the new powered ottoman function enabled, these large captain-style seats will keep you in complete comfort during long rides.

Its infotainment setup supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Through this, you can enjoy your favorite tunes. Its premium sound unit comes with a 9-unit (8 speakers and 1 subwoofer) audio system which is a JBL unit.

Passengers have been given better space in the third row of seats as well. There is so much space in the last seats that you will not have any problem in sitting and you can take long drives in them.

The new Innova Highcross is equipped with several new equipment. It gets a host of features including charging port, rear sunshade, electrochromic IRVM, power tailgate and multi-zone climate control. It comes with automatic control for rear blower.

Also seen is Toyota’s i-Connect connected car suite, which adds 65+ features like remote ignition start/stop, remote door lock/unlock, remote AC controls and more, which can be controlled through your phone and smartwatch. can be done.

The new Highcross gets safety features like 6-airbags, vehicle stability control, hill start assist, reverse parking camera, front and rear parking sensors and 360-degree camera.

The new Highcross also sports the Toyota Safety Sense suite of advanced driver aids. These driver aids include dynamic radar-guided cruise control, lane trace assist, blind spot monitoring and pre-collision warning.

Toyota Innova Highcross Driving Impressions

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The Toyota Innova Highcross is offered with two powertrains in India. The regular 2.0-litre petrol model produces 172 Bhp of power and 205 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a CVT gearbox that sends power to the front wheels.

Other powertrain options include a 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle engine that produces 150 Bhp and 187 Nm of peak torque. With the help of an electric motor, this engine generates 111 bhp power and 206 Nm torque. The powertrain is mated to an E-CVT gearbox. Toyota has limited the peak power output to 186 bhp.

We found the power delivery to be much better in the new Innova Hycross Hybrid. The Hycross features a new monocoque setup, which has made it much lighter than its predecessor and allows it to cruise on the highway at higher speeds with ease.

The new Innova Highcross comes with a softer suspension setup that allows it to soak up the impact of potholes on the road with ease and makes long journeys comfortable. Good NVH levels are available inside the cabin.

However, the new Hycross gets bodyroll at the corners despite the new monocoque frame. This is because of the soft suspension setup which increases body roll at higher speeds.

The Innova Highcross also has decent levels of revs, which can be tweaked with the help of paddle shifters and is combined with all-wheel disc brakes.

Final Thoughts about Toyota Innova Highcross

The New Toyota Innova Highcross is not only a premium MPV, but the new hybrid powertrain and luxurious interiors take it to a whole new level. The new Innova Highcross MPV will look brand new to drive and will offer the ultimate in comfort for the passengers as well. The new Toyota Innova Highcross is all set to take forward the dominance of its predecessors into a new hybrid era.


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