Toyota Innova Crysta Overview

The Toyota Innova has finally received a much-needed lease of life. The Japanese carmaker has launched the ‘Crysta’, which is the Innova’s second innings at the market. The MPV has dominated its segment ever since it was first launched, selling more than the average hatchback at times. Clearly, India loves the Innova. Now, Toyota has gone the whole hog and updated the humble workhorse entirely. It now sports a premium image, unlike the utilitarian first generation. Does the Crysta have what it takes to repeat history? Let’s find out!

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The Toyota Innova Crysta combines the practicality and comfort of an MPV with a good deal of luxury and creature comforts.Importantly, it comes with the promise of running like new even after 6 digits on the odometer. The only drawback is its price which has been set at a premium, but owners can expect to recover a healthy portion of their expenditure thanks to its great resale value. View brands on Toyota Cars from Toyota dealers in Bangalore at Autozhop.

Toyota Innova Crysta Design & Style

The Innova carried a big burden on its shoulders, when it replaced the Qualis, which, at that point in time, was the front-runner in the world of MPVs. The Innova proved its worth and soon Toyota had people eating out of their hands and, with the new one, the company’s plans haven’t changed. What has changed though is the look, as we’ve said earlier, the treadmill treatment does wonders to it. With the Innova Crysta, Toyota has taken a big step in the right direction and it’s when you see that frameless front grille and the half a dozen or so slats that run across it, you understand what a distinct character it has got. The nose is larger and the ridge on the bonnet gives it a bit of muscle. The headlamps too give it a dose of ‘modernity’ and the LEDs add a bling to it. There is a bit of chrome, but not a splash of it up front and hence it doesn’t scream premium.

With these changes, the Innova Crysta sheds the typical van-like look up front. It’s more like an SUV and actually looks similar to the Fortuner and that’s why one tends to use terms like rugged and muscular to describe it. Move to the side and that’s where you see the silhouette of the old Innova; but the folks at Toyota have tried every trick in the book to make it look different and not like a van. However, the tapering glasshouse, the muscular fenders and the drooping roofline cannot really hide the MPV dimensions. In fact, the Innova Crysta is longer than its predecessor and yet the kerb weight of the car is just about 1855 kg. So, it still looks bulky, but the boomerang shaped tail lamps that overlap the rear windscreen give it a bit of pizzazz and that really works in its favour.

Toyota Innova Crysta Cabin & Comfort

Step inside the Crysta, and it’s a different world. It’s obvious that the Toyota designers spent a lot of time designing a modern and premium interior. The multi-layered cockpit features quality materials that have been incorporated very well. The top variant you see here gets various materials that includes faux-wood, gloss black inserts as well as plastic bits in a brushed aluminium finish. The upper part of the dashboard isn’t flat anymore and it looks more upmarket. The slim air vents sit between the curved and middle section and still offer impressive ventilation. A 7-inch infotainment touchscreen takes up the centre section, while the climate control switches sit below, angled up towards the occupants. This also helps one rest the hand while operating the touchscreen.

The steering wheel also follows the premium theme and is wrapped in leather and has a glossy faux wood upper section a la Camry. Clever design additions are openable bottle holders that sit in front of the air vents and an additional cooled upper glovebox. Instrumentation is clear. It features a 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display only in the top variants. The driver sees a ton of information including trip info, car settings, navigation and audio/phone data.Depending on the variant, the Toyota Innova Crysta gets brown or black upholstery. The door panels get a matching suede/cloth wrap for the armrests. While it looks unique and stylish, we aren’t sure if it will last long. Besides the brown shade is prone to get dirty over time. Toyota has made sure that they increase the front seat size. They are firm and proved to be quite comfortable even after a 10 hour drive. However, thigh support isn’t adequate.

Since a lot of Innovas are chauffeur-driven, a lot of effort has gone into making the middle section of the cabin a lot more luxurious and comfortable. The rear passenger can now adjust the front co-driver seat manually while the middle seats tumble forward in one single step by simply pulling a lever. The door pads get more detailing at the rear. There are also foldable trays behind the front seats while knee room has improved slightly.The roof gets ambient lighting in the front and middle sections to give the interior a lounge like feel. We haven’t seen this even in luxury cars! This feature is offered standard only in the top variants. One can also control the brightness of the ambient light or turn it off completely. Rear AC vents are standard and gain a new LCD temperature readout. Third row seats are an Innova signature. These seats now offer slightly better comfort too but is still better suited for children.

The Innova Crysta offers a lot of storage options. In fact, the MPV can hold a staggering 22 large bottles. This is possible because each door pad can hold three bottles each. The bottle holders placed in front of the air vents have been seen before in other cars – Honda’s Jazz tops that list. But the Innova Crysta’s are the best we’ve come across so far. It not only holds a large bottle, the air-conditioner actually cools a warm water bottle in less than an hour. While the Crysta is longer than the outgoing Innova, the wheelbase is still the same. As a result cabin space is more or less similar. We expected boot space to increase but the Crysta offers an identical 300-litre boot capacity with the third-row seats in use. For Toyota Innova Crysta visit ibin

Toyota Innova Crysta Engine & Transmission

The India-spec Innova Crysta gets two all-new engine options. The 2.4-litre and 2.8-litre DOHC common-rail diesels will be offered with a 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic respectively. The BSIV ready engines produce a segment highest 150PS and 174PS at 3400rpm. Peak torque, meanwhile, is an equally impressive 343Nm (1,400-2,800rpm) and 360Nm (1,200-3,400rpm). That’s equal and more torque, respectively, than the 3.0-litre Toyota Fortuner! The power and torque increase is a massive 45-50 percent! So despite the gain in kerb weight by about 200kg, the power to weight ratio is higher than before.

The 2.4-litre 2GD-FTV is a lot more refined compared to its 2.5-litre predecessor and power delivery is more linear thanks to reduced turbo lag. There is a strong surge after 2,500rpm and power is produced all the way until 4,000rpm. While we couldn’t test if the Crysta is quicker but it definitely felt like it. The 5-speed manual transmission has well-spaced ratios and makes good use of the torque on offer. Gearshifts however could have been smoother. The throws are much shorter and more car like now, a solid improvement. Gear lever vibration has reduced but it very much exists.

The 2.8-litre 1GD-FTV meanwhile felt slightly more refined and displayed lower NVH levels. This engine gets added power and torque but didn’t feel noticeably quicker. One of the reasons being the 6-speed automatic. It isn’t as responsive as the 5-speed manual transmission. Roll-on performance, however, felt quicker but we can only confirm this after a road test. The automatic even gets sequential manual shifts but paddle shifters are not going to be offered. The transmission also gets an S mode that basically moves shift points to much higher up the rev range.

Both engines feature three driving modes – Normal, Eco and Power. Power delivery is noticeably different in every mode. We ended up driving in normal mode for the majority of the drive. On our drive to Goa, the Innova Crysta cruised effortlessly at speeds over 120kmph. We couldn’t test top speed but both the variants will cross 160kmph on the speedometer.

The Innova Crysta continues to use the body-on-frame chassis part of Toyota’s new generation architecture developed especially for the Innova, Hilux and Fortuner. This new chassis is more rigid than before and is slightly heavier as well. The suspension has been upgraded too and gets stronger springs. The suspension and the new chassis has improved ride quality but it can still be a bit harsh over speedbreakers and potholes. Body roll has reduced and the hydraulic steering is sharper and lighter to operate. Steering weight at parking speeds, though, is on the heavier side. Ground clearance also seems to be higher than before – Toyota didn’t have a number for us at press time.

Toyota Innova Crysta Ride & Handling

The steering is slightly heavy in our books, especially at city speeds. It does take a moment or two to dial in a U-turn. However, this inspires a ton of confidence on the highways. It is a rock-solid steering that rarely makes you feel disconnected. Ride quality, as was the case with the old Innova is fantastic! It will gobble up pretty much everything our roads will ever throw at it.

Yes, the ride is slightly bouncy when you are driving alone or are the lone passenger other than the chauffeur. With a full house, the ride is much better.The Innova Crysta is based on the same ladder on frame chassis as the old one. There’s no monocoque setup like the Lodgy or the XUV500. Needless to say, there’s a fair bit of body roll through the bends and it doesn’t particularly enjoy being thrown into corners. Check for low interest car loans on Innova Crysta at Fincarz.

Toyota Innova Crysta Safety & Security

Safety features are generous too. All passengers get three-point seatbelts and while three airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and brake assist (BA) come as standard, higher variants get seven airbags, vehicle stability control (VSC) and hill-start assist too.

Toyota Innova Crysta Cost in Mumbai

Toyota Innova Crysta On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 15,97,301 to 27,10,400 for variants Innova Crysta 2.4 G MT 7 Seater and Innova Crysta 2.8 ZX AT 7 Seater Touring Sport respectively. Toyota Innova Crysta is available in 20 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Toyota Innova Crysta variants price in Mumbai. Check for Innova Crysta price in Mumbai at Carzprice.

Toyota Innova Crysta Summing Up

This is the latest version of Innova, and comes with upgradation in all the areas, including exteriors, interiors, colour options, accessories and advanced safety features, making it a worthy as a new generation SUV.The Innova Crysta is a huge leap, in terms of design, refinement and even drivability. Mind you, all this comes at a price. Yes, the new-gen Innova will be pricier and this means you’ll have to shell out 15 to 20 per cent more for it. Prices might start at around ₹ 12 lakh and go all the way up to the 20 lakh mark and yes you might drop your jaw for a while and wonder if you should shell out that kind of money; but the answer is a simple one- yes, you should. It’s in a different league altogether and it has grown and how. It’s more than a people mover now and that’s what makes it interesting.

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