Since mid 90s, Toyota Kirloskar Motors is manufacturing sedans and SUVs that gained high popularity in India. Be it the iconic Toyota Qualis, the stunning luxury sedan Corolla Altis, the everyday use MPV Innova or the sporty SUV Fortuner, Toyota has provided cars for every needs. With an aim to replace the hit Toyota Qualis, the Japanese automaker launched the Innova in early 2005. Since then, various facelifts came into the market, first in 2009, second in 2011 and third in 2013. In 2016, Toyota decided to revamp the Innova and launch the latest version with a new name. The dream came true on May 2016 with the launch of Toyota Innova Crysta. As compared to the older Innova, this has got an all-new style and head-turning features, both at the exterior and interior. Toyota Innova Crysta has 3 trim levels of G, V and Z and 6 colour options of Garnet Red, Avant-Garde Bronze, White Pearl Crystal Shine, Grey, Silver and Super White. MYNEWCAR.IN recommends the Z variant due to it top notch safety features, as we care for you.
Here is what makes the Toyota Innova Crysta shine-
|Ex-showroom Price Range||14,00,200 - 21,29,600|
The Innova Crysta is big and looks big too. It has a length of 4735mm, width of 1830mm and height of 1795mm. A long wheelbase of 2750mm is the perfect ingredient for a comfortable ride. The front has a bolder stance thanks to the new 3D trapezoidal grille design, graced by the first in class automatic projector headlamps on the sides and stylish fog lamps at the bottom. The sides have 205/65 R16 alloy wheels which add the dash of style along with chrome finish ORVMs with turn indicator, welcome lamps, chrome lining on windows and first in class shark fin antenna at the top. The rear grabs eyeballs with the inverted L-shaped taillights having aero stabilising fins. The tailgate opens easily for hassle free access.
The Innova Crysta is made with premium interior features. The driver seat is height adjustable. The steering wheel is wrapped with leather and wooden finish cover on the top. There is an engine start/stop button too. The instrument panel looks ultra modern with 3D dials and large multi information display. The centre console gets touchscreen infotainment system. The cabin gets an ambient blue illumination, a first in class feature. The Innova Crysta is so much pampered with storage spaces that the front passenger side get dual glove box, a cooled glove box being the upper one. There is a drive mode at the center console by which you can either save fuel by driving in ECO mode or experience the dash of power in PWR mode. The 2nd row seats can be easily tumbled for easy entry. Front passenger seat can be slide adjusted to make space for legroom, another first in class feature. The rear AC gets first in class digital display. AUX ports and charging ports completes this list.
The 2.7litre petrol is smooth at idle and responds well to throttle inputs. The auto gearbox is smooth and fairly quick too. The downside here is the pause during downshifts and engine noise even at lower revs. The 0-100km/hr acceleration at just 12second is a wow thing here. This engine surely looks to burn holes in your pocket and it does. The petrol engine is not fuel-efficient and when mated with an ancient automatic transmission, it becomes a gas guzzler which means more trips to the fuel station.
The Innova Crysta gets brand new diesel engines- 2.4litre with manual transmission and 2.8litre with automatic gear shift. Taking the lighter sibling, the 2.4litre unit is not much refined and is an out and out noisy candidate with engine noise at the start and at higher revs. This engine hates being revved to the redlines. At low to medium revs, one can hear the silent hum of the engine, which is a plus point. 150bhp power and 0-100km/hr acceleration in 13.1seconds are the perks of this engine. To add more zing, a broader torque spread and three drive mode options make this a breeze.
The bigger 2.8litre powerhouse gets the automatic gearbox which gives the car a premium status. A huge power of 174bhp at 3400rpm and very high torque of 360Nm at 1200-3400rpm is the right and powerful combination of this huge MPV. The gearshifts are smooth but are more inclined to shift themselves, even when it is not needed. Also, the absence of paddle shifters makes you to pull the lever and change gears manually.
A big MPV can take on the bumps and potholes very comfortably and that's what the Innova Crysta scores 100%. At any speeds, it just does it work. The soft suspension is the ideal choice for the comfortable ride. The only fly in the ointment is the steering. At low speeds, it feels heavy and demands many turns. At high speeds, it feels loose and this is detrimental for controlling the car at such speeds. Also, lots of body rolls is experienced and the problematic steering amplifies the problem.
The Innova Crysta has 3 engine and 2 transmission options-
Because of NGT (National Green Tribunal), the diesel engine was banned in Delhi. This prompted the Japanese carmaker to make a petrol engine for the Innova Crysta. The petrol variant is the 2.7litre Dual VVT-i engine which is a 2694cc, 4 cylinder, 16 valve DOHC engine. This gives a power of 163.61bhp at 5200rpm and torque of 245Nm at 4000rpm. This engine has 5-speed manual transmission as standard across all variants, while the 6-speed automatic is available only in GX and ZX variants.
There are two diesel engine options and two transmission options. The 5-speed manual transmission powers the 2.4litre 2GD-FTV engine. This is a 2393cc, 4 cylinder DOHC engine which delivers a power of 147.51bhp at 3400rpm and torque of 343Nm at 1400-2800rpm. The heavier 2.8litre 1GD-FTV engine comes with 6-speed automatic transmission. This 2755cc, 4 cylinder DOHC engine unleashes a power of 171.65bhp at 3400rpm and torque of 360Nm at 1200-3400rpm. Same as petrol, the GX and ZX only get the automatic transmission.
Safety is Toyota's core feature in its cars and the Innova Crysta has lots of new technologies for the safety features. A first in class feature, 7 airbags protect the occupants in event of a severe crash. GOA body and ABS with EBD and BA are standard feature. ISOFIX child restraint system, immobilizer are other standard features. The ZX variant get Hill Assist Control and Vehicle Stability Control. The improved suspension has pitch and bounce control, a blessing in disguise for the Double Wishbone With Torsion Bar suspension in front and 4-Link with Coil Spring suspension in rear. Braking is provided by disc brakes in front and leading-trailing drum brakes at the rear.
The Toyota Innova Crysta is an MPV, but it is not priced as one. Priced from Rs. 14.23lakhs to Rs. 21.43lakhs, it is nowhere near to its cheaper competitors. But, it is obvious that Toyota added lots of premium features which are first in class as well. At such high price tag, one would expect the car to look and feel like any Audi or BMW SUVs and the Toyota Innova Crysta delivers all that. If your mind goes bananas for this car, make sure you have one soon.
Let us say that the car is driven for 1000km a month i.e. 12,000km yearly. So, the cost of ownership for Toyota Innova Crysta can come upto Rs. 88,995 for one year, which includes Rs. 43,500 of insurance cost and Rs. 45,195 of fuel cost. Here the loan interest is not factored in as it depends on person to person and the percentage of amount taken in loan.
The Toyota Innova Crysta is the big fella in this competition which has the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Renault Lodgy, Chevrolet Enjoy and Honda Mobilio as the small players. Big size, premium features, performance oriented engines and a very high pricing makes this car stand out in the segment. But, whether it will charm the people or the cheaper rivals will press its reputation down? Only time and future sales will tell.