2023 Toyota Innova Zenix MPV leaked ahead of debut

2023 Toyota Innova Zenix MPV leaked ahead of debut

Initially tipped for its debut today, November 17, it appears that some leaked images of the 2023 Toyota Innova Zenix have beaten Toyota to the punch following the carmaker’s confirmation earlier this month of the new MPV’s arrival.

UPDATE: The Toyota Innova Zenix has been launched in Malaysia with pricing starting from RM165,000.

First seen in teaser images released by Toyota last month, the third-generation Innova will use the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) in place of the outgoing second-generation model’s ladder frame chassis, which means that the three-row MPV will switch to a transverse engine layout for a front-wheel-drive configuration, from its predecessor’s longitudinal engine, rear-wheel-drive layout.

The leaked image now essentially shows the face of the Innova Zenix in its entirely, confirming that which was shown in part in spy images from Kompas earlier this month, where the slimmer, angular headlamps bookend the hexagonal grille.

2023 Toyota Innova Zenix MPV leaked ahead of debut

We can now also see that the space just below the grille is occupied by long, horizontal LED daytime running lights, while further rearwards, the new sculpting of the bodywork on the sides makes the new Innova Zenix appear more SUV-like compared to the traditional MPV look of the outgoing second-generation model.

Accompanying the leaked exterior image is one of the MPV’s interior, which reveals a dashboard that is now much more pronounced in its vertical and horizontal elements, compared with the curves of the second-generation Innova’s dashboard. A panel of a contrasting colour still bisects the dashboard, albeit now at a higher position compared to that of the outgoing model.

The gear selector is now dashboard-mounted rather than on the lower transmission tunnel of before, possibly a legacy of that model’s ladder-frame roots, and now the Innova Zenix also sports a larger floating infotainment screen atop the dashboard.

2023 Toyota Innova Zenix spyshots

The rear half of the cabin is still to be revealed, though the aforementioned shift to the TNGA base that is of a transverse FWD driveline layout should offer gains in interior space, compared to the previous model which needed to make room for its prop shaft to the rear wheels.

Once again revisiting the leaked image which has been rendered with blue elements at its wheels, this could imply electric drive, and the Innova Zenix has in fact been confirmed to receive a hybrid powertrain. One such configuration already on the market is that of the Corolla Cross Hybrid which is also TNGA-based, and that employs a 2ZR-FXE 1.8 litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine making 98 PS and 142 Nm, mated to a 72 PS/163 Nm electric motor and eCVT transmission.

More will be known about the 2023 Toyota Innova Zenix very soon, now that a full view of the vehicle has been leaked. Rumour has it that the official unveiling has been pushed to November 21; in any case, stay tuned for more on Toyota’s upcoming seven-seater.

GALLERY: 2023 Toyota Innova Zenix spyshots

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  • Hafiz on Nov 17, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    Full Panoramic Roof!!!

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    • Roti john on Nov 17, 2022 at 7:32 pm

      Habislah Proton X70! I would rather buy this Game-Changing Japanese crossover MPV instead of Chinese SUV. Moreover, the Innova Zenix is using Toyota’s advanced Hybrid engine that has been proven.

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      • Zaman Khan on Nov 17, 2022 at 8:31 pm

        I went to Paultan FB discussion group, I saw one Proton X70 post about gearbox issues. In the comment section, there were many PRoton owners giving their past experiences on all the different Proton models.

        One common thing is all did not buy another Proton again. Car quality is good but service stinks. The SC all gave the same ‘biasalah masalah ini’ attitude. This is why Malaysians always prefer to buy Japanese cars

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        • Biasalah bila kito xde apo nak fight Proton, kito buat cerita dongeng… kan bro salesman?

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      • Zahid on Nov 17, 2022 at 11:10 pm

        That shows your stupidity when you compare MPV with SUV. Go back to your hole where you crawled from.

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        • john is otak batu on Nov 18, 2022 at 3:31 pm

          hey, mpv r gradually moving their design more to SUV nowadays. try not ignore…:)

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  • seancorr on Nov 17, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    Looks more like a SUV which is a good thing. Same recipe with the Veloz, moving away from traditional MPV setup.

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  • damn toyota give nice spec to this car (roof ambient lighting, Panoramic sunroof, EPB + Hold etc).. but Corolla Cross has got nothing mentioned before.. can UMW please explain?

    even the Veloz also didnt get the ancient foot brake used in the corolla cross

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  • Faris on Nov 17, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    For 150k maybe ?

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  • Honda Pilot for ASEAN?

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  • GB Muthu on Nov 18, 2022 at 11:27 am

    Dashboard mounted gear selector is nice. Wish that was accompanied by 60/40 front row seating.

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  • john is otak batu on Nov 18, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    Looks like Highlander

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  • Deric on Nov 18, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    Badge it perodua and can get it cheaper. If not, 2023 ppl will buy X90 then the new innova. Just how they did with the Toyota veloz and 2022 Alza. Win.

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  • paultan dot org might want to double check the origins of the interior picture as I believe it was a render, not a leak. I cannot find the original post but a post by b channel indonesia on Instagram alludes to the dashboard picture being a render, not a leak.

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  • Toyota Malaysia. Do not let us down!! We want the same specs as indonesia with panoramic@moon@sun roof, ottomans second row seat etc. This definitely be a game changer if you guys can bring the same hybrid specs like in indonesia.

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