Toyota Innova EV Concept previews an electric future for the poor man's Alphard - FWD, 300 km range

CY Foong · Mar 31, 2022 03:30 PM

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While there have been rumours that the next-gen Toyota Innova could be front-wheel-drive (FWD) and offered a hybrid powertrain, Toyota went ahead and decided to showcase what an all-electric Innova could look like at the ongoing Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) 2022.

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For now, the Toyota Kijang Innova EV on display is still a concept and no, it doesn’t preview the next-gen Innova which has been spotted in Thailand and India. According to our colleagues at AutoFun ID, the Innova EV is based on the Toyota Venturer, the more adventurous-looking Innova variant in Indonesia.

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Not many details on the all-electric Innova concept have been revealed by PT Toyota Astra Motor but Toyota’s Indonesian branch will be organizing a virtual press conference tomorrow (1-April).

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Still, a source informed AutoFun ID that this Innova EV has an electric motor placed on the front axle which makes it FWD. The outgoing Innova is rear-wheel-drive and has been ever since its predecessor, the Toyota Kijang was introduced more than 45 years ago.

Also read: Scoop: All-new FWD and hybrid Toyota Innova could debut in November 2022

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There have been no figures released for the power output but the same source also revealed that this silent Innova has a range of 300 km.

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Though the Innova EV looks similar to its internal combustion powered brethren aside from the covered-up front grille, there is one major change inside. In lieu of a conventional gear shifter, the Innova EV uses a button-style operation much like the Hyundai Kona Electric.

Also read: While Malaysia sold 274 EVs in 2021, Indonesia sold 2.5x more with Hyundai leading

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Toyota Astra Motor is committed to producing and launching electrified models in Indonesia. According to a leaked presentation slide between the country’s Minister of Industry and Japanese automotive representatives, Toyota aims to produce 10 hybrid models in the archipelago in the coming years including the next-gen Innova Hybrid.

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The Toyota Innova is considered Indonesia’s national car and the Innova EV is a preview of an electric future for the archipelago’s pride and joy. Meanwhile, Proton only intends to launch its own EV towards the end of the decade.

Also read: Proton to debut its own EV by 2027, which Geely model could it be based on?

CY Foong

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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.

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