So, the Innova Crysta is finally in the market. A successor to the highly successful Innova which was a successor to the very successful Qualis. Interesting isn’t it?
By looking at the pics or videos, if you thought this must be larger than the previous one, it’s true. It is larger. Because it’s not just a facelift, it’s based on an all-new platform called Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). The front fascia of the new Innova has been made more aggressive and beefier with two chrome bars from the large grille running into the projector headlamp housing. On the side, there are tiny aero fins which Toyota says will improve airflow around the vehicle. Coming to the back there are inverted L shaped taillamps which many may disagree looking at the photos, but look at them in the flesh and you’ll like them. Day or night, far or closer, the silhouette is unmistakably Innova.
Interiors and Key Features
The interiors have been taken to a whole new level. There’s an all-new dashboard design with silver and wood accents; feels like it belongs to a luxury sedan. The steering wheel has a nice combination of leather, wood and silver accents. The dials in the instrument cluster have a 3D effect and looks particularly nice in low light or at night. There’s a 4.2-inch multi-info display in the instrument cluster, and there is a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system which has Bluetooth connectivity, flick and drag function. There are 6 speakers on the top-end trim. Other features include cruise control, 8-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, automatic climate control even for the second row, 1 touch auto up and down windows and plenty of storage spaces. A lot of attention and detailing has been given to the second row keeping in mind that most of the customers will be spending their time in there. Innova’s 3rd row was always usable and now it’s even more comfortable. And yes, the cargo space is even better.
On the safety front, 3 airbags are standard including one for the driver’s knee, top of the line trims get 7 airbags. ABS+EBD and Brake Assist are also standard. There’s Vehicle Stability Control, Hill-start assist and many more.
How is it like to drive and the engines?
Get behind the wheel and this new Innova feels massive. But not for too long. The size grows on you quickly and its car-like handling gives you confidence. There are two new diesel engines on offer: 2.4-litre and 2.8-litre. The 2.4-litre is available only with a 5-speed manual transmission and the 6-speed automatic is only for the 2.8-litre diesel. You can’t mix and match. No petrol option. Nevertheless, both diesel engines have enough pulling power with a broad torque spread to keep you going without any fuss. There are Power and Eco modes to make the most of your diesel or for a super quick throttle response. The suspension is on the softer side and Toyota has something called Pitch & Bounce Control for this new Innova to keep the ride smooth on uneven surfaces.
Claimed fuel efficiency
The new GD diesel engine series of the Toyota Innova Crysta is claimed to be 10% more fuel efficient than the previous KD engines (2.5-litre 2KD-FTV and 3.0-litre 1KD-FTV). The new Innova Crysta returns an improved fuel efficiency of 14.29 kmpl (2.8-litre AT) and 15.10 kmpl (2.4-litre MT).
So, does this new Innova has everything to make seem all the other MPV suck? again? Sure it does. Watch the video embedded above, and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel!
Engines – 2,393 cc, 4-cylinder, turbocharged | 2,755 cc, 4-cylinder, turbocharged
Power – 150 PS at 3,400 rpm | 174 PS at 3,400 rpm
Torque – 343 Nm between 1,400-2,800 rpm | 360 Nm between 1,200-3,400 rpm
Transmission – 5-speed manual | 6-speed auto with Sequential Shift
LWH – 4,735 X 1,830 X 1,795 mm
Wheelbase – 2,750 mm
Ground Clearance – 167 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity – 55 litres