Goodbye rear-wheel drive as next-gen, 2023 Toyota Innova could get Corolla Cross' TNGA-C platform

Eric · Jul 7, 2022 10:57 AM

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Current Toyota Innova pictured

The current rear-wheel drive Toyota Innova could soon make way for a new front-wheel model as Toyota tries to improve its fuel consumption, mirroring a similar arrangement with the Toyota Avanza / Veloz.

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First spyshot of the next-gen Toyota Innova

Yes, the long-standing rear-wheel drive layout could bow out, likely replaced by Toyota’s TNGA platform, transforming it into a front-wheel drive MPV. With the new TNGA platform in place, the next gen Innova should offer a more comfortable ride than before.

Also Read: The all-new 2023 Toyota Innova continues its regional tease; this time popping up in India

Front-wheel drive layout aside, according to sources familiar with the matter, the next-gen Innova will be receiving a petrol-electric 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain.

Also Read: New 2023 Toyota Corolla for Europe - Hybrid now more powerful, 0-100 km/h less than 10 seconds

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The current Toyota Innova

Recall that the current Toyota Innova and its IMV platform wasn’t developed with electrification in mind, and thus is only offered with a range of petrol and turbodiesel engines. Power for all variants of the current-generation Innova are transferred to the rear wheels.

The current AN140 Toyota Innova was launched bac in 2015. Factoring in a typical 8-year model lifecycle, we can expect the next-generation model to arrive in 2023.

Watch this space for more updates.

Eric

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