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Toyota Innova Crysta Review & First Drive

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Toyota Innova Crysta Overview

The current Toyota Innova is over a decade old, but through that time, it has found many happy owners. When it was first introduced to replace the boxy Qualis, many found the hike in price too great and unjustified. However, soon enough, the Innova won Indian buyers over with its space, comfort and, above all, its rock-solid and hassle-free reliability. And, though its prices rose by as much as 60 percent over the years, it never seemed to deter buyers, who kept flocking to the big MPV.

Now, history is about to repeat itself, as Toyota is finally replacing the Innova with a new-generation model, and, as expected, it is a good deal more expensive than the outgoing car. But is it worth it? We have driven the India-spec car in Goa to find out just that.View offers on Toyota Innova Crysta in Mumbai at Autozhop.

Toyota Innova Crysta Design

The Toyota Innova Crysta looks a lot more premium compared to the outgoing Innova. The styling is similar to Toyota models available internationally. It follows the same sharp design theme. There are large headlamps that house projector headlights. The chrome strips inside the lamp neatly flow into the upper section of the front grille like we’ve seen in the Corolla. The large front grille is part of the new Toyota family face and follows a hexagonal pattern. This new design has been seen in the Camry and will soon adorn almost every new Toyota in the future. The imposing grille adds to the Crysta’s presence. The indicators and fog lamps sit together in the lower section of the bumper and also receive chrome detailing. The hood is higher and sculpted aggressively.

The silhouette of the Crysta reminds one of the previous Innova but then again, it still is an MPV. The sides are rather flat and there aren’t many definition lines. The overall length has increased by 180mm, mostly in the longer overhangs – the wheelbase hasn’t changed. The quarter window is cut diagonally – it reminds me of the Mitsubishi Outlander – and it is the only design highlight when viewed from the side. 17-inch wheels are much larger (15-inchers on the old one) than before and fill up the wheel arch well.

Move to the rear of the Crysta and just like the front, it’s a distinctive design. The major part of the sharply styled tail lamps are horizontally placed but there’s also a V-shaped unit flowing downwards that houses the indicators. It’s a rather large lamp and takes up quite a bit of the tailgate area. This makes the rear end look a bit narrower though the vehicle’s width has increased by 80mm. There’s also a large rear spoiler and a shark fin antenna that goes well with the flow of the roofline. Overall the Innova Crysta reminds one of the earlier car but is a lot more stylish and current in terms of design.

Toyota Innova Crysta Cabin

As you get in the car, the interiors will wow you! New materials, colour combination and multiple layers make you realize how drab the older one was.There’s ambient lighting, dual zone climate control and 7-inch audio system with navigation. Toyota terms it to be the most feature packed MPV on sale in the country. The driver’s seat is large and well bolstered, making it apt for long distance touring.In higher variants the driver’s seat can be electrically adjusted, and there’s a meaty leather wrapped steering wheel with plenty of controls and a separate stalk for cruise control… but thankfully ABS, EBD, Brake Assist and airbags come as standard in all variants.

The AC vents are higher up, while the rest of the buttons and infotainment system are positioned conveniently, within reach. The new touch screen acts like a display for the rear camera and also has tons of features, fuel economy calculator and trip meter. We wish the touch could have been more intuitive and rear camera display to be a tad sharper.The soft top of the dashboard feels great, faux wood tries to add a premium touch, while the shiny hard plastic at the bottom looks out of place in this otherwise fancy cabin.

Plenty of smart engineering make the Crysta’s cabin ideal for long drives. So, you get cooled glove-box, a couple of cup-holders that slide out in front of the AC vents to keep them cool, and no less than 20 bottle-holders! Surprisingly, for a cabin this smart there’s just one USB charger and 12v power output socket.Open the rear doors and you’ll be welcomed by faux wood trims on the door panel, which missing is on the front doors. The seats are a lot more comfortable and seem to be borrowed from a premium sedan. Clearly the focus has now shifted to the rear seats, where majority Innova owners sit.There’s a foldable table and a button to slide forward the front seats even from the second row. Jutting out of the ceiling are the climate control rear coolers surrounded by ambient lighting. This definitely is the best seat to be in.To know more info on Toyota Innova Crysta  check Changeonslapac

One of the biggest improvement has to be the 1-touch-tumble second row which is just so easy to use. The Crysta is larger than the Innova, but the wheelbase hasn’t changed. So, the cabin space is pretty much the same as before. Inspired by aeroplane seats, Toyota has used new-age foam which is sleeker, offers good support and carves out more room in the cabin. Which can be seen on the third row. Although you have to be seated in a squat-like position, it’s better than most other MPVs available in India. Interestingly, all 7 passengers get 3-point seatbelts, including the third row occupants.The slit third row can be folded individually with equal ease to create space for luggage. And another premium touch is the easy close boot lid, which doesn’t need to be slammed down like other MPVs.

Toyota Innova Crysta Engine

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.

Driving both the variants and found the power delivery to be noticeably better immediately. 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.Check car loan for Toyota Innova Crysta at Fincarz.

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 Driving

The good news just keeps coming, as the other great strength of the Innova – its comfortable and all-conquering ride – has not been tampered with either. At just about any and all speeds, the big MPV just punishes bumps and potholes into submission. The suspension is tuned a little on the soft side and absorbs all sorts of road irregularities well, and if there is a slight jittery feeling, it’s more down to the relatively large 17-inch wheels than the suspension. In a straight line on the highway, the Innova Crysta stays superbly flat and composed, keeping cabin occupants comfortable throughout.

The only disappointment is the steering. Of course, one cannot expect sportscar precision in an MPV, but the Crysta’s wheel feels too heavy at low speeds and requires too many turns, lock to lock, to make a U-turn. Conversely, at higher speeds, it starts to feel loose and inconsistent, and this can get a little disconcerting. You’ll also feel a bit of steering shock through the wheel as you drive over sharper bumps. And, expectedly, there’s loads of body roll around corners, and combined with the slow, heavy and mushy steering, this is really not a car you want to drive enthusiastically.

Toyota Innova Crysta Safety

The braking system of the Innova Crysta has front disc and rear drum brakes with anti-lock braking system as a standard in all variants. The Innova Crysta models have three airbags, one for the driver, one for the co-passenger and the third one for the knee of the driver. The top-end variant ZX has a front side and curtain airbags as additional safety features for the occupants.

Toyota Innova Crysta Price in Mumbai

Toyota Innova Crysta On Road Price is 17,80,010/- and Ex-showroom Price is 14,83,000/- in Mumbai. Toyota Innova Crysta comes in 8 colours, namely Garnet Red,Grey,Super White,Wildfire,White Pearl Crystal Shine,Silver,Avant Grade Bronze,White Pearl Crystal Shine Touring Sport. Toyota Innova Crysta comes with RWD with 2694 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 164 bhp@5200 rpm and Peak Torque 245 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN RWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Toyota Innova Crysta comes with Manual Transmission with RWD .

Toyota Innova Crysta verdict

About 11 years ago, when the Innova was first introduced in India, car buyers were wary and wondered why a great car like the Qualis has been replaced by this? But with time the same people made the Innova the top selling MPV of India. Over the years the price of Innova kept increasing but the sales charts showed no signs of slowing down.

We won’t be surprised if people react the same way with the new Innova, and hopefully the new Crysta will carry forward the legacy of being another bulletproof product from Toyota. The other problem is that in spite of so many new MPVs flooding the Indian market, none are as well rounded product as the Toyota. So, there is very little competition that can stop the Innova from dominating the market in the near future too.

Author Since: Aug 04, 2018

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