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.
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.
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).
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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