Is the all-new Toyota Innova switching to a unibody FWD design?
Toyota has just dropped a bombshell. Set to make its debut very soon is the all-new 2023 Innova, and Toyota Indonesia has just revealed its first official teaser image.
Based on the lone image provided, the all-new Innova gets styling cues from the brand's popular SUV and crossover models. It has a more prominent hexagonal grille along with a new set of what appears to be LED headlights inspired by the Highlander, complete with redesigned LED daytime running lights. The hood, on the other hand, looks like it now comes with creases and a power-bulge design.
Since the teaser image itself doesn't show much of the vehicle, we decided to manipulate the photo to see if we can find more details about the all-new MPV. Thanks to the wonders of photo editing, we were able to catch a glimpse of the Innova's more stylish bumper that gets some neat touches of gloss black and what appears to be L-shaped LED foglights.
We also noticed that the 2023 Innova appears to have a shorter hood than the current model. This somehow suggests that the next-generation MPV could switch to a unibody front-wheel drive (FWD) platform which has long been rumored for the all-new Innova.
Another neat touch we saw on the Innova is what looks like blue accents on the grille which somehow indicates that a hybrid powertrain will be available on the MPV. While nothing has been officially confirmed, there are rumors going around that Toyota might ditch the turbo-diesel powertrain in favor of a 2.0-liter hybrid setup to make it more eco-friendly.
No official launch date has been released yet for the all-new Toyota Innova. But since the automaker already released a teaser photo, we might see its official debut come November. With that, we might just be several weeks away before its global debut.
Do you think the all-new Innova will switch from a rear-wheel drive (RWD) body-on-frame design to a more passenger-friendly unibody FWD platform? And could Toyota actually axe the diesel powertrain for a hybrid setup once it's revealed? Let us know in the comments what you think.