Toyota Innova EV Concept will not enter production – created to gauge market response; platform issues

Toyota Innova EV Concept will not enter production – created to gauge market response; platform issues

A little over a week ago, Toyota surprised us with the unveiling of the Kijang Innova EV Concept at the Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) in Jakarta. It’s an interesting prospect, but don’t hold your breath, because the electric MPV is just an engineering study and won’t enter series production.

According to Autocar India, Toyota Astra Motor marketing director, Anton Jimmi Suwandy told Autonetmagz: “The Kijang Innova Electric is not a car that we will sell. So this is just a concept and its nature is just for engineering development,” adding that the MPV was being used for R&D to study the viability of such EVs in the region.

Consumer response has been positive too, it seems. Company vice president director Henry Tanoto said the Innova EV Concept has increased the popularity of electric vehicles in the community, even though much of the car’s technical aspects – such as number of electric motors and battery type and size – remain unknown.

As you know, the current Innova rides on Toyota’s trusty IMV ladder frame platform, which is designed primarily to accommodate internal combustion engines. Cramming a fully electric powertrain is a major challenge thanks to the IMV’s long steel members and horizontal arms, making it potentially too costly to be commercially viable.

Another huge factor is the sheer heft of the platform, which when combined with a large battery pack, would create significant penalties to efficiency and range. While the electric Kijang won’t yet see the light of day, the automaker already has plans to introduce more than 10 EVs in Indonesia over the next five years.

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  • Nirvana on Apr 11, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    LOL! Entire Indon nation got pissed upon with dreams of EV. Now all being shattered one by one.

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    • Really? Then why hyundai and toyota are on going producing their EV cars in Indonesia, if you said so.

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      • Lets See on Apr 12, 2022 at 12:12 pm

        Lets see if that is a reality or just a fake investment. For sure Toyota above said they are not into EV production in indonesia.

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        • Toyota will never rule out on what you said. But only you think that Toyota will not invest EV production in Indonesia

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    • Hyundai already launch Ioniq5 CKD in Indonesia, even better than a Innova EV. Indonesians also know that the Innova EV will never be realized (at least in the current generation), because the next gen Innova will be launched this year by using a monocoque chassis and hybrid options.

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  • Civic Turbo 2018 on Apr 11, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    Dream, dreaming and never wake-up

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    • Yet, toyota are still producing their EV cars in Indonesia. There is nothing to be jealous

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  • Bz4q will be produced in Indonesia and Thailand. 2024.

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