Toyota Innova Crysta Performance & Test Drive

Toyota Innova Crysta Overview

The Toyota Innova has quite a history. Every now and then one comes across a handful of unbelievable stories. Stories related to how this machine keeps the owner satisfied with tank-like reliability and absolute minimum cost of ownership. Which is why we see a lot of them on the road. But it has done its time and Toyota is all set to inject some spice and premium feel into this MPV segment by soon offering the Innova Crysta. This model is a completely new vehicle based on the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform. Already sold in Indonesia since November 2015, the Innova Crysta promises a whole new Toyota MPV experience when it will be launched here in May. We drove it and here’s what we thought of it… Toyota Innova Crysta in Tryaldrive

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Toyota Innova Crysta Design

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.

Toyota Innova Crysta Cabin

The interiors of the new generation Toyota Innova is a massive leap ahead. The design is very elegant and more luxurious than before. Toyota has managed to fit in an entire piece of mould on the dashboard instead of assembling separate panels, which was a very challenging task for the engineers. It has a wave sort of pattern that emerges from the passenger side and enhances towards the driver’s console. Having said that, there is a 3D instrument cluster behind the steering wheel that looks fresh and gets a big informative MID screen. The steering wheel feels excellent to hold specially with the gloss wooden insert on top. It has all the controls for the infotainment system on either side and offers tilt and telescopic adjustment.

The Innova now gets a large touch-screen infotainment system which is integrated very well in the dashboard. It is quite user friendly and offers navigation system but unfortunately Toyota has missed out on Apple CarPlay, which is being offered on newer lot of cars (cheaper ones too) nowadays for better connectivity. The lower half of the centre console now houses a new automatic climate control that is quick in cooling the cabin. The quality and finish of the new Innova is excellent, it doesn’t feel like a Japanese car and instead has more of an European feel to it. All the switches and panels used feel robust and long lasting, which is a boon for buyers planning to use it for lakhs and lakhs of kilometres.

There are lots of storage bins inside, around 20 bottle holders! Every door can accommodate three 1-litre bottles each. There are two gloveboxes, the upper one is a cooled glovebox which can store two bottles. Also there are flip open cupholders for the front passenger and driver in front of the AC vents so you can keep your drinks chilled. Between the second row of seats there are two bottle holders that flip open, then there are these two trays that can hold a 500 ml bottle each. The last row also has cupholders and the ones on the right are chilled cupholders that can accommodate three of them. There is a good sense of space inside the cabin and at night the ambient lighting looks cool. Check for Toyota Innova Crysta in cibsleh.in

The seats of the new Innova are very comfortable and wide. The seating is highly flexible and offers ample space for all the passengers. Second row seats have great legroom, headroom and shoulder room, which is much better than the outgoing model. There is a control for the chauffeur driven owners to adjust the front passenger seat from behind. There are a lot of convenience features like the second row also has auto climate control, the windows are one touch up/down, push button start, power foldable ORVMs, electric driver seat adjustment. The last row seats are good enough for kids but adults would only manage to sit for short stints because of the limited headroom. However, all three seatbelts at the back are proper ones and not lap seatbelts, which is a good aspect for safety. Even with the third row up you get a very practical and spacious boot while the third row has a 60:40 split and is highly flexible to accommodate cargo and passengers together easily for long routes. All-in-all, Toyota has nailed it this time with the interiors of the Innova getting a mix of Corolla quality and Camry design.

Toyota Innova Crysta Performance

The new generation Innova gets new diesel engines which will replace the existing KD family of engines which powers the current generation models.

The new Innova Crysta is launched in the market with two diesel engine options.The smaller 2.4 Litre unit is capable of producing about 150 Ps of peak power and 343 Nm of torque, this engine is paired to a five speed manual transmission. The other engine on offer is the bigger 2.8 Litre unit which produces about 174 Ps of peak power and 360 Nm of torque, this engine is paired to a new six speed Automatic transmission with sequential gearshifts. This engine actually also gets two different driving modes including economy and power modes.

The petrol variant of the Innova Crysta is available with a single powertrain option which includes the 2.7 litre Dual VVT-I unit, this engine is capable of producing about 166 Hp of peak power at 5200 rpm and 245 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. The engine is paired to 5 speed manual as well as 6 speed automatic transmission. The petrol powered Innova Crysta returns an ARAI certified fuel economy of 10.83 kmpl for the automatic transmission and 9.89 kmpl for the manual transmission.

Toyota Innova Crysta Driving

The Toyota Innova has grown in size and gets a new frame but is also heavier now. In the early days of the Innova, people worried about the dimensions of the car as it was called too big for the city. The new one is even bigger and thus less maneuverable. Still underpinned by a body-on-frame platform with the steering still being a hydraulic unit, the Innova feels heavier to drive than before as the steering is on the heavier side and requires effort at low speeds, taking u-turns can be taxing. It does weigh up decently at high speeds but there is still a lot of slack in the straight-ahead position.

There is very good stability as you cross triple digit speeds, the Toyota Innova Crysta holding its line well on our not so perfect roads. The car also gets what Toyota likes to call ‘aero stabilising fins’. Without doubt, the biggest improvement has come to the ride quality of the vehicle. The work on the suspension is immediately apparent as this MPV rides beautifully even on bad roads. Bumps are absorbed very well and that’s inspite of the firmness at low speeds. Vertical movements are very well controlled and as you up the speed, the flatter ride only becomes better. There is quite a lot of body roll though but the Innova handles quite well for its weight and size. The brakes have good stopping power.

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 Cost in Pune

Toyota Innova Crysta On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 15,50,298 to 26,35,200 for variants Innova Crysta 2.7 GX 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 Pune. Check for Crysta price in Pune at Carzprice

Toyota Innova Crysta Conclusion

The confidence Toyota has in its MPV product is quite similar to how the buyer perceives the vehicle to be; simply commendable. We saw it when Toyota pulled the plug on the Qualis when it was absolutely flourishing in our market. Then came the Innova and it ultimately caught up and even outsold its predecessor. Buyers still swear over its bullet-proof reliability and they’re ready to part with even Rs 18 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai) for the top-end versions. While in the latest iteration, the Innova Crysta, is a substantial improvement over the old Innova’s strengths, it will come at a premium. Especially, as it now ticks all the boxes to contend in the higher end of the MPV segment. And we believe that buyers will just carry on and pile on the bookings.

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