All-new 2023 Toyota Innova Zenix makes world debut; 2.0L Dynamic Force hybrid, TNGA, TSS


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Where the Kia Carnival ‘s proven that MPVs can be sexy, in its own way so does the all-new Innova, which replaces the previous-gen model (AN140) that’s been around since 2015. There’s hints of the Corolla Cross, Veloz, and if you squint, the LC300 Land Cruiser, and these are all good-looking cars in their own right.

Diesel variants are no more, leaving just petrol and petrol-electric hybrid powertrains.

Toyota designers, you deserve a pat on the back. This is the all-new 2023 Toyota Innova Zenix making its global debut in Indonesia, and aside from having a fancy new hybrid powertrain, and loads more tech under the skin, it looks fantastic.

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Part of the expensive looks of the new Innova comes from its full-LED headlights, LED combination tail lamps, and a smattering of chrome. LED fog lights complete the front fascia, and the 18-inch wheels on certain variants scale the cool factor up by a bit.

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The 7-seater’s interior is enlivened by a 10-inch floating-type infotainment screen (with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), an electric parking brake (EPB), and a digital instrument cluster – not unlike what’s seen in the Corolla Cross – on the hybrid variants. There’s a panoramic sunroof too.

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Ottoman seats for the Q HEV variant

As before, there’s air-conditioning for the second- and last-row passengers. Row 2 is interesting; it keeps the ‘captain seats’ arrangement of the old car, but with the addition of a footrest, and a flexible table-cum-cupholder in the middle. Those, plus screens poking out of the front seatbacks, are something new.

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Merits of going TNGA

And new is everything under the skin. Out goes the old rear-wheel drive (RWD), ladder-frame recipe, and in comes the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA-C) unibody chassis, as well as a front-wheel drive (FWD) drivetrain.

Its a larger car in total, measuring 4,755 mm long, 1,850 mm wide, and 1,795 mm tall, sitting on a 2,850 mm wheelbase.

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Along with that comes a set of new engines. A 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated Dynamic Force engine (M20A-FKS) takes centre stage for every variant, while two electric motors are tacked on to that for the Hybrid variant (M20A-FXS). No more 6-speed automatic nor a manual this time; expectedly they’re all using CVT automatics now.

On the safety front, the Innova Zenix joins the (newer) crop of its stablemates b…

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