The Toyota Innova needs no introduction in this country. It is by far the most popular vehicle in the model range of Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), seen from Kanyakumari to Ladakh and from Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh. Now, Toyota has just revealed its latest version. The all new Toyota Innova Crysta is taller, wider and longer than the model it replaces and it has undergone massive design alterations as well.
Powertrain and Performance
The new Innova Crysta will be put on sale with diesel engine options only. The first among them is a 2.4 litre, 4 cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 148 bhp and returns 15.10 kpl. This engine is mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox with long throws that remind one of the older Innova. The second engine option is a 2.8 litre, 4 cylinder turbocharged diesel motor that puts out 172 bhp and returns 14.29 kpl. It comes connected to a 6 speed automatic transmission. Although we felt that this gearbox holds onto a lower gear for longer than necessary (even in Eco mode), it will be a massive help while driving the Innova Crysta on city roads. Toyota has worked to provide better insulation to reduce the amount of noise that penetrates the passenger cabin and have engineered the vehicle to provide a smoother and more refined ride quality. Its 16 inch wheels and improved suspension result in a noticeably better comfort level on the inside than even the previous generation Innova.
Build and Styling
The Innova Crysta has been subjected to a complete overhaul and looks almost nothing like the model it replaces. The front of the vehicle gets a bold front grille with a generous helping of chrome flanked by projector headlights with LED daytime running lamps. It also gets a remodelled front bumper that houses the fog lights. The rear of the Crysta gets a tailgate spoiler and redesigned tail light clusters. On the inside, the first thing that strikes you is the beautiful blue ambient interior lighting on the roof. The usage of faux wood and glossy piano black panels give the Innova Crysta a premium feel. Even the region on the door panels where your arm rests has been contoured and lined with felt to make it more comfortable. You also get two 12 volt sockets, two seatback tables that support 10kg each, 7 airbags, ABS with EBD and BA, a reversing camera, hill start assist and vehicle stability control.
To make things even better, there are features aplenty in the Innova Crysta. The list in this car includes a 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system that is easy and smooth to operate. You even get voice control and an in-built navigation system. The automatic climate control with a secondary AC for the rear occupants is very powerful and cooled the interior quickly even during the extremely hot and humid day when we test drove this vehicle. Two separate glove boxes are provided (apart from several other storage spaces) and the upper one can be cooled. The driver can adjust her/his seat in 8 ways electrically and another nifty feature is a conveniently located lever using which the middle row occupants can slide the front passenger seat backwards or forwards. The middle row seats are also designed to tumble forward effortlessly and the last row of seats splits 50:50 and folds forward to increase the boot capacity.
The new Innova Crysta has gone up a level in every single department compared to the previous generation Innova. The outgoing model itself was regarded highly for its space, comfort and refinement; and we feel that the new Crysta will only be even more so. In conclusion, Toyota has taken an extremely good MPV and transformed it into something that is significantly better in every way.