Toyota Innova Crysta • Price, Variants & Specifications
While building or designing a vehicle, manufacturers mostly dream to create a machine which may satisfy its buyers and leave a benchmark for others to follow, maybe for years. This is exactly what Toyota did when it launched Innova in the
year 2005. Innova was a complete package and in some terms a dream machine, which brought together a combination of a powerful engine, good riding dynamics, better seat positioning, efficient a/c, valuable and timely customer service and above all,
a sturdy looking body that can last over 10 years. This MPV gained mass popularity and helped to increase the Toyota's cash flow /revenues and sales register ticking.
After a decade now, the Toyota engineers thought of making Innova into a better premium machine and decided to call it 'Innova Crysta'. The big machine is available in both manual and automatic versions.
The design may not come across as engaging and may not get the second glances. But Toyota engineers have made the new Innova Crysta more appealing than the outgoing model. The front portion of the Innova Crysta has a large hexagonal frameless grille with slats of chrome merging into the LED projector headlamps, giving 'Crysta' a distinct character. The new projector headlamps add a mix of modern appeal and bling. Now, with the larger nose and ridge on the bonnet, the Innova Crysta looks more muscular like an SUV.
Moving to the side profile, the look is almost the same as the old Innova. The rear houses the inverted L-shaped taillamps, glasshouse, good muscular fenders and the dropping roofline with a shark- fin antenna with top-end variants getting a spoiler. All the variants get a 205 / 65 R16 with sophisticated Alloy Wheels.
Major thought process has gone into making the cabin look like an executive and luxurious one. The dashboard is given a blue ambient illumination that can be even noticed during the daytime. In the manual variants, the artistic dashboard gets silver decoration and metallic strip with redwood finish while the automatic version is given a hazel-brown-wood finish. There is a 4.2-inch TFT multi-information screen that acts as the driver's manual information such as fuel consumption, average speed, phone calls, temperature, navigation, cruising range and much more. Additionally, a premium 7-inch touchscreen system with DVD player is placed centrally for audio and other related functions. Other features like Navigation, a Push Start/Stop button, steering mounted audio controls, cruise control, and leather upholstery, are also included in the Innova Crysta's cabin.
The seats are refurbished now and are very comfortable providing enough cushioning with ample legroom and back support. The top variant gets an 8-way power adjustable seats and can be reclined and converted into a bed. The front passenger seats accommodate a tray-like feature for reading or eating, as found on airplane seats.
The new second-row seats come with a captain like seats and the second-row door-garnish gets a dash of silver touch to it. Efficient AC vents are included for the second and third-row passengers. All the seven seats in the Innova Crysta can be easily reclined for more space and also comes with height-adjustable headrests.
Toyota has maximized the utilization of entire space of the inner cabin by including 20 bottle holders. The third row gets a 50:50 split seats too for more luggage space.
The safety features include standard airbags for the driver and the passenger in addition to the driver knee airbags in lower variants, while top-end variants get an additional front side and curtain shield airbags. ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child restraint system features are included as standard safety features. Vehicle Stability Control and Hill Start Assist Control are added in the higher variants of the MPV.
The new Innova Crysta gets a DOHC 16 Valve, Dual VVT-i 4 inline cylinder petrol engine capable of producing maximum power of 166PS at 5200rpm and 245 Nm torque at 4000 rpm.
The Diesel with Intercooler, Variable Nozzle Turbocharger with a DOHC 4-Inline Cylinder produces 174PS of power at 3400 rpm and 360 Nm torque at 3400 rpm.
The engines come in two drive modes: Eco and Power and the engines are responsive refined ones but there is some effort required above 1500 rpm. There is a good response from the gear and the clutches too, and the gear throws are sometimes long making one feel like driving a huge vehicle.
The petrol gives a mileage of 11.36 kmpl while the diesel is able to churn out 15.4 kmpl.
Both the engines are mated to a 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox.
Ride and Handling
The Innova rides on 17-inch tyres offering more grip, and the suspension is also on the softer end. The softer suspension helps Innova Crysta to absorb all the potholes and soak all the undulations of the road thrown to it. There is no such body movement inside the car and passengers stay calm and collected, even in MPV moving at higher speeds.
The influence and the presence of the Innova can be understood by the fact that 70% of the old Innova MPV's were sold to personal-use car buyers.
The new Innova Crysta excels in design, drivability, and refinement but is more pricier than the outgoing model. The price range starts from around 12 lakh and goes all the way to 20 lakh. It may be worth spending that much money considering the inclusion of improved engines, the new gearboxes, added comfort and space, safety kits, a whole lot of in-cabin features and reliable after-sales service.