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It looks like the next-generation Toyota Innova will come as a hybrid

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We're all for the electrification of an automaker's lineup. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

It looks like the whispers on the Internet are starting to fall into place: The next-generation Toyota Innova will indeed be a hybrid, just as revealed by this “electrified” teaser photo posted by Toyota Indonesia. This is set to be the nameplate’s biggest shake-up in its lifespan, as the rumors say the automaker will be dropping the rear-wheel-driven, body-on-frame IMV platform for a front-wheel-drive TNGA-based platform.

We’re not sure about the specifics of the hybrid, and what engine it will be mated to, but if it’s not a new motor, it could either be the bigger 2.5-liter A25A-FXS found in the likes of the RAV4 Hybrid, the Camry Hybrid, and the Lexus ES/NX hybrids, or the smaller, 2.0-liter M20A-FXS found in the likes of the Corolla Altis Hybrid and the Corolla Cross Hybrid. Also, the switch to a new platform should bring a host of more goodies and safety systems, like Toyota Safety Sense, and more interior space.

If you want to infer how big of a change this will be, just take a look at the current-generation Toyota Avanza and compare it to its predecessor. Of course, we could also expect the likes of a cheaper, non-hybrid model to slot in for those who won’t be able to afford the vehicle’s potential price. Gas or diesel? Who knows. We’re just as excited as you are.

Sam Surla

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