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Toyota Innova Crysta Facelift Review & Performance

Toyota Innova Crysta Overview

Toyota Innova Crysta has surpassed rivals in terms of looks, space and performance. Toyota Innova’s journey started in India around a decade ago, when Toyota brought the people mover to India as a replacement of Qualis. The competition was less as customers were reluctant to splurge a hefty amount on MPVs back then, but fortunately for Innova it gained ground in the hatchback obsessed Indian market. Innova reigned for years with almost no competition unless the compact MPVs came into existence, the threat however was temporary and Innova sailed through the rough patch safely, but this jolt was necessary for the carmaker to realise that it was time to give Innova a much needed update and so we have the second generation Innova with an additional suffix-Crysta. This additional suffix defines the premium look it carries, something that was missing earlier. Coming to the new generation model, it has received thorough cosmetic upgrades on the exteriors, additions have also been made to the cabin and Innova now comes with a whole lot of goodies. Engine set up comprises of two diesel powertrains, the petrol unit has been skipped for now. Power output has increased significantly and the transmission duties rely on a manual unit along with an auto box available on select variants. View offers on Toyota Cars from Toyota dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop 

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Toyota Innova Crysta Style

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 Space

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.

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.

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. 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.

Toyota Innova Crysta Driving

Similar to the older Innova, the Crysta employs a ladder on frame chassis, so don’t expect monocoque like dynamics. But use of rigid – high tensile steel has kept a check on the weight. This setup along with larger rear shoc absorbers make the Crysta iron through even crater like roads. The ride quality for a MPV of this size is seriously impressive and the biggest strength going by the road conditions we encounter everyday. The suspension almost never bottoms out, and goes over rumblers and spead breaker as it they never existed.It’s a big car and the steering feels heavy specially while taking a U-turn. This is probably to keep the steering communicative and fairly direct, but at higher speed it becomes both lighter and inconsistent. Moreover, it still has evident body-roll though the engineers have tried to control the sip like pitching movement to certain extent. Obviously, smaller MPVs available in India feel more nimble and agile, but the Innova Crysta is clearly more composed and sure footed.

Toyota Innova Crysta Safety

Innova range gets three airbags including driver airbag, co-passenger airbag and there is a knee-bag as well. Vehicle stability control and hill start assist control are available only on the range topping variants. Other safety features that are also available on Innova include seat belts in front and rear, child restraint system, back monitor, clearance and back sonar, seat belt warning, door ajar warning and immobilizer. Braking duties are handled by disc unit in front and drum brakes at rear. Anti-lock-braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution is standard across variants.

Toyota Innova Crysta Cost in Hyderabad

Toyota Innova Crysta Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 13,48,875/- (Innova Crysta 2.7 GX MT 7 Seater) to 22,29,128/- (Innova Crysta 2.8 ZX AT 7 Seater Touring Sport). Get best offers for Toyota Innova Crysta from Toyota Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Innova Crysta price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Toyota Innova Crysta Conclusion

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.

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