Toyota Innova Crysta Overview
Toyota can be credited for kick starting the MPV revolution in India as the Qualis, which was the company’s entry model for our country, worked very well. The Japanese automaker replaced the workhorse Qualis with the Innova which was positioned towards the private car buyer but in spite of that, the Innova still wooed the commercial segment which still swears by this car. The success of the Innova, which became Toyota’s top seller in India, also sent wrong signals to other automakers who started to think that the MPV market is booming. The MPV segment is itself the Toyota Innova and now the automaker has unleashed the second generation model which gets the Crysta name to it. How big is the leap between the two generations of the people mover?
Toyota launched the first generation Innova in 2004, which was the spiritual success of the Kijang that was launched in 1977 (four generations were sold, the last of them was the Kijang Qualis). The Innova was first launched in India in 2005 and got a slew of updates over the years. The second generation Innova was unveiled in 2015 and was showcased locally at the 2016 Auto Expo. View offers on Toyota Cars from Toyota dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.
Toyota Innova Crysta Look
The new Innova Crysta like we already mentioned looks sharper and edgier than before and if you ask me this people mover is also previewing Toyota’s new designs language which can also be seen in some of their recent products as well. Talk about swize and the new generation Inoova Crysta is wider as well as longer than its predecessor which in turn has created more room inside the cabin.
Towards the front the Innova gets wraparound headlamps which gets integrated projector and LED units . Apart from the new headlamp unit the front profile also gets massive grille with chrome laden slats. The long front hood also gets some edgy character lines as well.
The side profile however looks simple but the new ORVM’s gets integrated side indicators and the huge glass area towards the side profile helps even the third row passengers to get proper view of their surroundings. The highlight of the side profile however is the diagonally cut D pillars.
Walk towards the rear profile and you will greeted with the double layered completely new wrap around taillamps.The rear profile also gets an integrated rear spoiler as well which gives this massive vehicle some sporty appearance. There is even a shark fin antenna towards the rear roof area. Lastly the rear deep opening tailgate completes the overall look of the new Innova Crysta. The rear tailgate also gets the Smart Close back door system which automatically locks the door once it has been released.
Overall Toyota has gone for the grand tourer type styling on the new generation Innova and it definitely looks impressive and much more modern than its predecessor.
Toyota Innova Crysta Comfort
Similar styling to the diesel version means the same curvy dashboard with silver outlines that accentuate the flowing design. There’s a feel-good factor linked to the dual coloured leather seats, chunky multi-functional steering and soft touch door pads, but it is not consistent through the cabin and the quality levels is not exactly what you’d expect from a Rs 20 lakh car. That said there’s quite a bit of space to stash one’s belongings on the centre console, two gloveboxes and the door pads.
We noticed that the visibility while backing up is a bit hampered due to the angular window line at the quarter glass section. That said, reading the temperature off the raked air-con display is difficult with the reflections in broad daylight. Once seated in the front, occupants will find a decently contoured seat that’s well bolstered for comfort and lend good back and thigh support, along with lots of knee and head room.
Move on to the middle row, and buyers will rejoice over the large seats that impart proper support with liberal shoulder room, head room and adjustable kneeroom since there’s a lever to move the front seats back and forth. Adults can be seated in the last row albeit with limited kneeroom, so comfort over longer stints is questionable with the low seat squab and high floor. That said, boot space is just about enough for some slim hard baggage and soft bags with all the rows up. For more info on Toyota Innova Crysta visit icadl2013.org.in
The petrol Innova Crysta will be available in seven and eight seater options with variants called GX, VX and ZX. Just like the diesel sibling, one will get three airbags (includes driver knee airbag), ABS and brake assist as standard. The ZX variant features an integrated touch screen infotainment system with navigation, Bluetooth, USB and aux-in. There’s also power mirrors with electric retract, two-zone automatic climate control with rear air-con digital display and adjustable ambient roof lighting. Safety features include seven airbags, stability control and hill-start assist.
Toyota Innova Crysta Gearbox
Toyota has replaced the KD series of diesel engines with the GD series. The new oil burners are vastly improved in every regard, featuring richer hardware and crucially a big jump in power and torque outputs. Both the 2.4-litre and 2.8-litre engines are similar in hardware and also get Eco and Power modes – which naturally alter performance (the default mode is in between both). So in Eco mode, you can feel the motors don’t rev so quickly while in Power mode, the added punch is very apparent, the Innova being very quick to pick up speed.
The 2.4-litre oil burner comes matched to a 5-speed manual gearbox which offers smooth shifts, the clutch too is light. But the gear lever vibrates a lot on start-up, just like in the first gen model. The 2.8-litre diesel is only offered with a 6-speed automatic gearbox and while shifts aren’t the quickest, they are smooth. One can also shift gears manually by using the tiptronic function on the gear lever. Both the engines have a bit of lag lower down which is quite well masked and power delivery is very linear, the mid-range being the strong suit of the GD mills.
In the 2.4-litre manual, 100 km/hr in top gear results in 2200 RPM on the tachometer while the ton comes up in third gear. The new Innova does feel more relaxed while cruising unlike the old model where you would miss a sixth gear. Both the engines redline at 4500 RPM and the big improvement in the Innova Crysta is the refinement, there are very little vibrations inside the cabin. However, push the motor hard and the engine makes quite the sound, still better than the old Innova but could have been better. Fuel efficiency isn’t great with ARAI claimed mileage being 15.10 km/l for the 2.4-litre model while the 2.8-litre automatic manages 14.29 km/l, a mild hybrid system would have done the trick. The increase in weight by a considerable 200 kgs is reason to blame for the average fuel economy.
Toyota Innova Crysta Rideing
Also, one will hear the suspension only when the roads turn from bad to worse which is when it filters into the cabin with a thud. Be prepared for some sideways rocking and a bit of bobbing on uneven patches as these are traits of a ladder frame chassis setup.With this suspension setup, the Innova Crysta invites loads of grip and great straight line stability. Though it tends to roll a fair bit, the steering does a good job in controlling its manners around bends. We did feel that the steering was a bit light and slow off the dead centre once you’re on the move, but as speeds rise it weighs up decently. That said, at much slower speeds like while navigating through tighter lanes or parking, you will witness the steering to become exceedingly heavy and cumbersome to manoeuvre. With the Innova Crysta, one will find the brakes to offer a reassuring sharp bite, however, a little more feedback from the pedal would have been welcome.
Toyota Innova Crysta Safety
Toyota has upped the game in the safety department as well. The Japanese automaker is providing seven airbags with the new Innova including a driver-side knee airbag for the range topping ZX variant. Dual front airbags and ABS is standard across all the variants. There is Vehicle Stability Control and Hill-Start Assist Control on offer as well. Toyota is providing 3-point seatbelts with adjustable headrests for all the passengers including third row seats. The Toyota badge is known to offer hassle-free after sales in India with a wide reach and network spread across the country. Longevity is tried and tested while the resale value of Toyota cars is up there as well. We expect low maintenance and spare parts cost due to high localisation (the diesel engines will soon be made in India).
Toyota Innova Crysta Price in Hyderabad
Toyota Innova Crysta On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 16,25,888 to 26,85,620 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 Hyderabad. Check for Innova Crysta price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.
Toyota Innova Crysta Bottomline
The Innova Crysta definitely looks futuristic while the new platform has also helped it shed some amount of ts overall weight. The overhauled interior too looks premium and comes equipped with plenty of new features as well for the comfort of the passengers inside. Even the new drivetrain offered under the hood of this new vehicle is definitely more fuel efficient as well as powerful. The new MPV like we already mentioned above is league ahead of its predecessor and surely will be a worthy successor to the existing Innova which it will replace soon.