New Innova HyCross base variant is priced from Rs 18.55 lakh, ex-sh – First batch has now arrived at dealer yard
Ever since it’s launch, Toyota Innova Hycross has been one of the highest-selling mid-size SUVs in India. So much so, that it has beaten the likes of MG Hector, Tata Harrier and Safari in sales.
Innova HyCross Base G Taxi Variant Detailed Walkaround
Until now, Toyota had focused on delivering the higher variants of Innova Hycross. Now, the base G variant has started to arrive at the dealer yard ahead of the start of delivery. Cost cutting is evident everywhere in this variant which should establish an appealing price point. Let’s take a look at all the features it lacks over higher trims.
Toyota usually takes care that its base trims don’t come off as cheap when compared to higher trims. Especially on the outside. We had observed this with Innova Crysta which had alloy wheels from the base model itself. That is not the case anymore as base Hycross G trim comes equipped with steel wheels and wheel covers for Rs. 23.5 lakh on-road, Karnataka.
Tyre size is 205/65 R16. On Hycross, they look small and skinny. It gets reflector LED headlights. Fog lights, a few chrome elements, and a rear defogger are main omissions. Take a look at the detailed walkaround video shared by The Car Show channel.
On the inside, there is more cost cutting than one would have liked. Toyota chose to include certain elements as part of the package, but trivial and essential features are missed. For example, there is keyless entry, push-button start/stop, and an electronic parking brake. But electronically foldable ORVMs, climate control, mirrors on sun shades, and a music system with steering-mounted audio controls are not.
Same Non-Hybrid Powertrain As GX Trim
There are controls on the steering wheel, but they are to control MID. Features like rear washer and wiper, electrically adjustable ORVMs, manually dimming IRVMs, tilt and telescopic steering adjust, traction control, rear AC vents with a separate blower, USB type-C slots at front and rear, a tray and cup holders for 2nd row, rear armrests for individual chair and more are offered.
This particular vehicle is a 7-seater with 2nd-row captain chairs. an 8 seater option with bench seat is also on offer. The same 2.0L 4-cylinder petrol engine is offered with Innova Hycross taxi variant. This engine is coupled with a sole CVT gearbox with 173 bhp of power and 209 Nm of torque.
Despite all that power and torque, this particular taxi variant intended for fleet owners and taxi service providers can’t cross 80 km/h. A speed governor will be installed in this vehicle. Toyota claims 16.13 km to a liter of petrol, which is impressive for a vehicle of this size.