Next-gen FWD 2023 Toyota Innova rumoured to get CVT, ditches MT and 6-speed AT

CY Foong · Aug 1, 2022 12:10 PM

Next-gen FWD 2023 Toyota Innova rumoured to get CVT, ditches MT and 6-speed AT 01

Rendering by Andra Febrian Design

The next-gen Toyota Innova could see a major overhaul underneath as the current generation is looking to be replaced, having been in production since 2015. The AN140 has seen numerous facelifts in the past 7 years but even dinosaurs have their expiry dates.

Next-gen FWD 2023 Toyota Innova rumoured to get CVT, ditches MT and 6-speed AT 02

One of the first next-gen Innova spyshots

We expect the all-new third-gen Innova to be launched in 2023, factoring in the typical 8-year model life cycle. We’ve previously reported that the all-new Innova could swap the tried and tested rear-wheel-drive (RWD) layout with a conventional front-wheel-drive (FWD) one courtesy of Toyota’s TNGA platform.

Next-gen FWD 2023 Toyota Innova rumoured to get CVT, ditches MT and 6-speed AT 03

D-CVT as shown in the Indo Avanza/Veloz

That’s not all though as Indonesian media reported that the all-new Innova could be only offered with one transmission, a CVT automatic gearbox. This was reported by Otodriver which obtained the info from an unnamed source.

Also read: To stay ahead, the 2022 Toyota Avanza needs FWD and CVT

Next-gen FWD 2023 Toyota Innova rumoured to get CVT, ditches MT and 6-speed AT 01

Rendering by Andra Febrian Design

The same source informed the Indo automotive site that the transmission will be offered with two 2.0-litre engines – a conventional petrol unit and a hybrid powertrain. The CVT will be replacing the 6-speed automatic that is available on the current AN140 Innova/Venturer.

Also read: Pros and Cons: Very practical, but the 2021 Toyota Innova 2.0X needs more power

Next-gen FWD 2023 Toyota Innova rumoured to get CVT, ditches MT and 6-speed AT 02

The source also added that the manual transmission would also be dropped in the next-generation Innova. In Indonesia, the Innova is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission and is offered in 6 variants with diesel and petrol powerplants.

Also read: The world doesn’t need manual cars anymore

Next-gen FWD 2023 Toyota Innova rumoured to get CVT, ditches MT and 6-speed AT 03

2.0-litre Dynamic Force engine as shown in the US-spec Corolla Cross

There are no further details on what specific engines will be used on the next-gen Innova but Otodriver predicted it could be from the M20A Dynamic Force straight-four family. If this is true, the third-gen 7-seater could be the first model in the region to introduce the 2.0-litre Dynamic Force unit, petrol or hybrid.

Next-gen FWD 2023 Toyota Innova rumoured to get CVT, ditches MT and 6-speed AT 04

Direct Shift CVT as shown in the Voxy

Besides, the publication also expected that the CVT gearbox could be similar to the one offered in the Voxy for the petrol unit and the e-CVT from the Chinese-market C-HR Hybrid for the upcoming Innova Hybrid (Innova Hycross?).

Also read: Toyota patents Innova Hycross name; all but confirms next-gen model will have a hybrid engine?

Next-gen FWD 2023 Toyota Innova rumoured to get CVT, ditches MT and 6-speed AT 05

The Toyota Innova is one of the best-selling Toyota models in ASEAN and this next generation could promise a brand-new upscale look for the 7-seater. Just like its little brother, the Avanza/Veloz, the Innova probably needed to adapt to the modern conveniences of FWD and CVT in order to survive.

Also read: Closer look at the Toyota Innova EV Concept previewed at the 2022 IIMS; Up to 300 km range on one charge

CY Foong

Writer

Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

Comments

Hassle-free purchasing, get your next car fast!

2021 Toyota Innova 2.0 E (AT)

Upgrade

Add your car

Not trading-in?   Sell your car

Latest Cars