Toyota Innova Crysta Hatchback Test Drive Review

Toyota Innova Crysta Test Drive

Toyota Innova Crysta Overview

Toyota Innova is the name which almost all of us are familiar with. It is arguably the most successful people carrier of the 21st century in the Indian automotive scene. It is the only one which surpassed its competitors in terms of looks, performance and design. The journey of Toyota Innova started in India over a decade ago, it replaced the popular Qualis in the year 2005. The competition was quite less at that time and the people were reluctant to pay such a high amount on MPVs. Apply car loan for  Innova Crysta.

Slowly and steadily Innova gained the ground and remained as the leading MPV for years with almost no competition. And despite the price hike during all these years, the vehicle commands an incredible loyalty. The new Crysta is the step ahead of the original Innova with all new build and equipment. The car is based on the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform. New Innova Crysta 2016 now gets cosmetic updates on the exteriors, the cabin is also been updated with the whole lot of goodies and mechanicals has been changed as well.

Toyota Innova Crysta Style

When you set eyes on the new Innova Crysta it’s obvious that Toyota wanted to take its MPV to a more luxurious and desirable place. And it shows in its design. The exterior is dominated by the two-slat hexagonal grille that runs vertically down the bumper. Toyota says this was done to make the car look wider. The grille is flanked by nice looking sweptback double barrel projector-halogen headlamps with DRLs. And that’s followed by the angled fog lamps lower down. What completes the striking fascia is the sharp lines with which the bonnet connects to this dramatic front end.

Move on to the sides and you are greeted by the earlier Innova’s characteristic MPV boxy cues. Toyota has tried to mask this look by smartly opting to use a sloping angular design for the third row window. Also, while the overall profile of the rear remains the same, the tail lamps are new and extend under the window. Engineers have incorporated fins on to the edges of the tail lamps and door mirror plates to aide streamlining. That said, the body lines from the wheel arches and the belt line meet at the rear bumper which sleekly surround the boot opening. This design imparts an unmistakeable premium look to the Crysta.

Toyota Innova Crysta Space

When seated in the Innova Crysta, one appreciates the fresh design of the dashboard. Toyota has given it a radical silver lined curve that outlines the dash accentuating its flowing design. This coupled with the dual coloured seats, chunky steering and soft touch door pads lend a plush feel to the cabin. However, we did notice inconsistency in the plastic grains on sections of the dashboard. On the other hand, you get plenty of storage space on the centre console, door pads, two slimmer-than-usual gloveboxes and two cup holders that can be drawn out from the dash.

Visibility all around from the driver’s seat is as good as the earlier car, except for the third row quarter glass section whose window line is now slanting upwards. This slightly hampers the view while backing up. All the buttons and controls to the car’s functions, especially those on the touch screen, are raked and easy to access. However, the air-con controls and the chrome transistor-like buttons below the screen felt inferior. These are raked even more and a sunny day can make it difficult to read the air-con display. Steering mounted controls are large and have bigger fonts to aid visibility. The twin-pod instrument cluster looks contemporary, especially with the sporty bright blue rings on the dials along with the multi-function display in between. USB and aux-in operations are within reach from the middle row as they are smartly placed between the front seats with a provision to store your phone upright.

Slide on to the front seats and you will understand that they are better contoured and offer an extra hint of back support than the outgoing car. Buyers will love the liveliness of the cabin, especially in the front and the second row which now houses adjustable ambient lighting. There’s more shoulder room in the second row and the seats are a huge improvement. They are much more supportive and larger than earlier. Second row legroom can be extended by using the lever on top of the front passenger seat. This brings us to the last row of seats and though they feel like a compromise for adults, ferrying people in them can be accomplished in acceptable comfort. Toyota has placed the middle occupant’s headrest in the boot, just in case it’s needed. With all three rows up, boot space is as good as the earlier Innova. It goes without saying that folding the middle and last row seats will help gain access to much more luggage space.

Toyota was quick to add that the new Innova Crysta will get three airbags, including a driver side knee airbag, ABS and brake assist as standard. The top of the line ZX will get seven airbags, stability control and hill-start assist to name a few. Also on offer is an integrated touch screen infotainment system with navigation, bluetooth, USB and aux-in. There’s a multi information display, Eco and Power modes, power mirrors that retract electrically, two-zone automatic climate control with rear on digital display and adjustable ambient roof lighting. Add to this seat back folding tables for the second row, powered front seats, and the capacity to hold up to 20 one-litre bottles. Check for Toyota Innova Crysta in Iftr2015hyd

Toyota Innova Crysta Engine

The Japanese carmaker has introduced new engines in the Innova Crysta. The diesel-powered Crysta houses a 2.4L unit that pumps out 149PS and 343Nm of torque. The engine makes a staggering 49PS more than the earlier version and comes mated to 5-speed manual transmission. But the inclusion 6th gear would have put the engine on less stress during long journeys. Though the engine is a bit smaller than the earlier 2.5L unit, it is a 4-cylinder turbocharged unit with more grunt. While cranking the vehicle, the gear lever shakes but once the MPV in motion, it settles down and offer nice mid-top end power.

The car also comes with a powerful 2.8L diesel engine that produces 174PS and 360Nm of torque. It is mated to 6-speed automatic sequential shift gearbox which does justice to the overall driving experience. There is hardly a feel of turbo-lag and the gearshifts are quick, making the car as a perfect city commuter.

The new Innova Crysta also gets a 2.7L petrol motor that musters 164PS and 245Nm of peak torque. This is the same engine which is working under the hood of Toyota’s range of trucks and this clearly means that the vehicle has the capability to haul a lot of loads. It feels smooth and responsive and pulls the car nicely. The engine is mated to either 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic depending on the variant you choose. Though automatic gearbox is smooth, it can be a problem in terms of fuel consumption as a large capacity engine is paired to old school gearbox.

Both the engines come with economy and power driving modes, a great way of customizing the engine behaviour for different road conditions. The Normal mode offers a nice balance between power and fuel economy. In Eco mode, the engines are slow and relaxing and one would feel comfortable driving in urban areas. In Power mode, the engine is responsive and the throttle response is also sharper while the acceleration times get a bump.

The engines of Toyota Innova Crysta have been tuned for relaxed driving with low fuel consumption. With more grunt, these engines are frugal at the same time. The diesel-powered Crysta with manual transmission returns ARAI certified mileage of 13.68kmpl, the automatic version returns 11.36kmpl. On the contrary, the petrol manual variant reads 11.25kmpl, the automatic version is able to return 10.75kmpl.

Toyota Innova Crysta Driving

Like the earlier Innova, the new one is deployed on a ladder on frame chassis and uses a reinforced high-tensile steel to keep a tab on the weight. This combination along with large rear shock absorbers make the car glide through even large potholes. The ride quality is truly impressive especially looking at the typical everyday Indian road conditions. The suspension never hits the ground and makes mincemeat of speed bumps and potholes without breaking a sweat.The steering feels heavy at city speeds while a slightly more power assistant could have made easier for the car to overcome tight spots.

Toyota Innova Crysta Safety

Innova Crysta gets disc brakes at front and drum at the rear. Looking at the amount of time this MPV would spend on highways, an all-disc brake would have been better. However, the brakes are still competent enough to stop the car without any drama. Even in automatic variants, the brakes don’t feel nervous.In terms of safety, the car offers dual front airbags and driver knee airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist as standard fitment. Move on to the top variants and you can have a fully loaded Innova with features like 7-airbags, traction control, hill start assist, vehicle stability control, electronic stability program and Isofix & 3-point seatbelts.

Toyota Innova Crysta Cost in Ahmedabad

Toyota Innova Crysta On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 16,72,878 to 24,88,780 for variants Innova Crysta 2.7 GX MT 7 Seater and Innova Crysta 2.8 ZX AT 7 Seater respectively. Toyota Innova Crysta is available in 14 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Toyota Innova Crysta variants price in Ahmedabad. Check for Innova Crysta price in Ahmedabad at |Autozhop.

Toyota Innova Crysta Conclusion

The confidence Toyota has in its MPV product is quite similar to how the buyer perceives the vehicle to be; simply commendable. We saw it when Toyota pulled the plug on the Qualis when it was absolutely flourishing in our market. Then came the Innova and it ultimately caught up and even outsold its predecessor. Buyers still swear over its bullet-proof reliability and they’re ready to part with even Rs 18 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai) for the top-end versions. While in the latest iteration, the Innova Crysta, is a substantial improvement over the old Innova’s strengths, it will come at a premium. Especially, as it now ticks all the boxes to contend in the higher end of the MPV segment. And we believe that buyers will just carry on and pile on the bookings.

Toyota Innova Crysta is offered in three different variants such as G, V and Z. Taking a quick glance at the pricing details. The base variant G gets the price tag of Rs. 13.52 lakh while the top trim Z is available at the price tag of Rs. 21.57 lakh. Its Touring Sport Edition is priced at Rs. 22.15 lakh while the top-selling variant 2.7 GX MT petrol is available at the price tag of Rs. 14.34 lakh.More than a decade has passed and the car is still an undisputable king in the segment. Though over the years it has become an expensive piece of machinery, there is no denying the package has been rounded well. The car looks contemporary from every angle and loaded with tech and safety features. Toyota Innova Crysta competes against the stellars in the class such as Tata Hexa and Mahindra XUV 500.

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