Toyota is working on many products these days. The company recently introduced the Toyota Innova Hycross in India. This car was introduced in Indonesia under the name Toyota Zenix. Now the company will try its hand in the electric segment as well.
The company introduced the prototype of the All-Electric Innova at the Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) some time back.
The Innova Crysta Electric Concept Prototype is a fine example of Toyota’s move to electrification in its existing portfolio of ICE vehicles. Recently this prototype was spotted during testing on the roads. Is Toyota planning to use the old platform to make the Pure EV? The outgoing Innova Crysta is based on the IMV2 ladder-on-frame architecture, designed to accommodate petrol and diesel powertrains.
Incorporating the battery pack and motors into this platform is a significant packaging challenge. Toyota may invest in electrifying its existing ladder-frame old-school vehicles like MPVs, SUVs and pickup trucks. There are segments like pickup trucks where ladder-frame chassis strength and electrification are equally important.
Electrification of pickup trucks too?
Suppose Toyota is ‘testing’ with the Innova Crysta electric concept prototype. In that case, we might see the future electrification or hybridisation of workhorses like SUVs and pickup trucks from the Japanese giant. In North American markets, GM, Ford and even Rivian offer electric vehicles based on ladder-frame chassis.
Even though the Innova Crysta electric concept prototype has been spotted testing on the road, Toyota is unlikely to launch the electric version of the MPV. The Innova Highcross is already out of the bag and features a modern monocoque chassis with an FWD design and a hybrid powertrain as an option.