Toyota Innova Crysta Facelift First 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…View offers on Toyota Cars from Toyota dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Toyota Innova Crysta Exterior

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 Interior

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

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 Toyota Innova Crysta will be offered in two engine options. There’s a 2.4-litre diesel motor that makes 150bhp at 3400rpm and 343Nm of torque between 1400rpm and 2800rpm. This engine runs a five-speed manual transmission. Also on offer is a 2.8-litre diesel motor that produces 174bhp at 3400rpm and 360Nm of torque between 1200rpm and 3400rpm. This mill is coupled to a six-speed automatic gearbox. Toyota claims the ARAI fuel efficiency figures for the 2.4-litre manual is 15.1kmpl, and the 2.8-litre automatic is 14.29kmpl.

Automatic first and once off the mark in D mode, you notice the engine becomes noisy when revving hard. Floor the accelerator pedal and the gears shift up automatically at 4000rpm. Power delivery is linear and fulfils most requirements while propelling this MPV with a reassuring surge. Back off the throttle while driving and the D mode springs the rpm close to the idle revs. However, the same exercise in the S mode reveals a drop in rpms only in higher speed. Back off the accelerator in low speeds and the revs are held for better response. ‘Eco’ and ‘Power’ modes that are available in both D and S mode are basically remaps. So while the driving characteristics may not vary by a whole margin, expect the fuel efficiency to.

We experienced a considerable overall bump in response in the manual geared Innova Crysta compared to the older Innova. However, the characteristic ultra-strong torque, lower down in the revs of the older Innova, has been substituted by a more linear spread-out through the rev range. While the Eco mode holds a slight lag, the normal mode feels more linear in comparison. But, it is the Power mode where the Crysta feels the most responsive all across the rev range. It revs easier and gathers pace with newfound enthusiasm. The five-speed gearbox meanwhile has better shift quality over the outgoing car, but it could still do with shorter throws and lesser vibrations.

Toyota Innova Crysta Driving

Toyota’s new Innova Crysta is built on a frame that’s more rigid due to the additions of more cross members and additional welding points. This would’ve translated into a weight gain but to counter this, high tensile steel has been used for the chassis frame, underbody (reinforcements), upper body (A and B pillar) and seat structure. Drive the Crysta and the rigidity of the frame shines through purposefully. Overall, the ride on the new car is softer than in the old Innova but the body movement isn’t excessive. We noticed that the ride on the Crysta’s manual transmission version is softer when compared to the automatic car. Also, push the Crysta through a series of long curves and you will appreciate the higher grip, and the lighter, more responsive steering compared to the older Innova.

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 Bangalore

Toyota Innova Crysta On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 17,24,845 to 27,56,274 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 Bangalore. Check for Innova Crysta price in Bangalore at Carzprice.

Toyota Innova Crysta Round Up

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.

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