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Toyota Innova Crysta Performance & Test Drive

Toyota Innova Crysta Overview

Toyota has been fetching mind-boggling sales for the Innova right since the time when it was first launched in India. In 2016, the Innova Crysta made its way to India and even this generation has become a sure shot success story. To make things even more interesting, the Japanese automaker launched a petrol version of the Crysta. Later, to make the product lineup more appealing, the company went on to launch the Innova Touring Sport which is nothing but a cosmetically enhanced version of the Innova Crysta, aimed at those buyers who think that an MPV shouldn’t look boring. Toyota Innova Crysta in Tryaldrive.

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Toyota Innova Crysta Design & Style

The new Innova Crysta like we already mentioned looks sharper and edgier than before and if you ask me this people mover is also previewing Toyota’s new designs language which can also be seen in some of their recent products as well. Talk about swize and the new generation Inoova Crysta is wider as well as longer than its predecessor which in turn has created more room inside the cabin.

Towards the front the Innova gets wraparound headlamps which gets integrated projector and LED units . Apart from the new headlamp unit the front profile also gets massive grille with chrome laden slats. The long front hood also gets some edgy character lines as well.

The side profile however looks simple but the new ORVM’s gets integrated side indicators and the huge glass area towards the side profile helps even the third row passengers to get proper view of their surroundings. The highlight of the side profile however is the diagonally cut D pillars.

Walk towards the rear profile and you will greeted with the double layered completely new wrap around taillamps.The rear profile also gets an integrated rear spoiler as well which gives this massive vehicle some sporty appearance. There is even a shark fin antenna towards the rear roof area. Lastly the rear deep opening tailgate completes the overall look of the new Innova Crysta. The rear tailgate also gets the Smart Close back door system which automatically locks the door once it has been released.

Overall Toyota has gone for the grand tourer type styling on the new generation Innova and it definitely looks impressive and much more modern than its predecessor.

Toyota Innova Crysta Cabin & Comfort

Similar styling to the diesel version means the same curvy dashboard with silver outlines that accentuate the flowing design. There’s a feel-good factor linked to the dual coloured leather seats, chunky multi-functional steering and soft touch door pads, but it is not consistent through the cabin and the quality levels is not exactly what you’d expect from a Rs 20 lakh car. That said there’s quite a bit of space to stash one’s belongings on the centre console, two gloveboxes and the door pads.

We noticed that the visibility while backing up is a bit hampered due to the angular window line at the quarter glass section. That said, reading the temperature off the raked air-con display is difficult with the reflections in broad daylight. Once seated in the front, occupants will find a decently contoured seat that’s well bolstered for comfort and lend good back and thigh support, along with lots of knee and head room.

Move on to the middle row, and buyers will rejoice over the large seats that impart proper support with liberal shoulder room, head room and adjustable kneeroom since there’s a lever to move the front seats back and forth. Adults can be seated in the last row albeit with limited kneeroom, so comfort over longer stints is questionable with the low seat squab and high floor. That said, boot space is just about enough for some slim hard baggage and soft bags with all the rows up.

The petrol Innova Crysta will be available in seven and eight seater options with variants called GX, VX and ZX. Just like the diesel sibling, one will get three airbags (includes driver knee airbag), ABS and brake assist as standard. The ZX variant features an integrated touch screen infotainment system with navigation, Bluetooth, USB and aux-in. There’s also power mirrors with electric retract, two-zone automatic climate control with rear air-con digital display and adjustable ambient roof lighting. Safety features include seven airbags, stability control and hill-start assist. For more info on Toyota Innova Crysta  visit igc2016.in    

Toyota Innova Crysta Engine & Gearbox

The Innova Crysta is offered with the same 2.7-litre petrol engine, and 2.4-litre and 2.8-litre diesel engines without any changes. Talking about the petrol engine, it is paired to either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. A peak power output of 166 PS is produced at 5200 RPM along with 245 Nm of twist at 4000 RPM. The powerplant is a very refined unit. Step on the accelerator and you’ll notice that there’s hardly any lag from the motor. Power delivery is linear right from the low-end to the 5900 RPM redline and the powertrain does tend to get noisy post the mid-range. The automatic gearbox is smooth but it takes its own sweet time to downshift. Fuel efficiency is another concern with the petrol-engined Innova and you can expect barely 5-7 km/l. You also get Eco and Power modes, along with a Tiptronic mode on the transmission.

The oil burners on the Innova fetch the most volumes. While the 2.4-litre unit produces 150 PS at 3700 RPM and 343 Nm at 1400-2800 RPM, the bigger motor produces 174 PS at 3400 RPM and 360 Nm at 1200-3400 RPM. The 2.4-litre mill can be had with a 5-speed manual gearbox while the other drivetrain gets only a 6-speed automatic. Both the powerplants offer good driveability and while there is some lag before the turbo kicks in, power delivery is smooth then and the mid-range on both the oil-burners is very good. Redline comes in at 4500 RPM and the engines are very refined. Vibrations inside the cabin are very less. Fuel efficiency is pretty decent for a car of this size, ranging from 10-14 km/l for the 2.4 engine and 9-13 km/l for the larger 2.8 unit.

Toyota Innova Crysta Driving Dynamics

Just like the diesel variant, the softly sprung setup makes for a decent low speed ride but expect the constant shimmy over sharper bumps which is characteristic of a ladder frame. Also, one will hear the suspension only when the roads turn from bad to worse which is when it filters into the cabin with a thud. Be prepared for some sideways rocking and a bit of bobbing on uneven patches as these are traits of a ladder frame chassis setup.

With this suspension setup, the Innova Crysta invites loads of grip and great straight line stability. Though it tends to roll a fair bit, the steering does a good job in controlling its manners around bends. We did feel that the steering was a bit light and slow off the dead centre once you’re on the move, but as speeds rise it weighs up decently. That said, at much slower speeds like while navigating through tighter lanes or parking, you will witness the steering to become exceedingly heavy and cumbersome to manoeuvre. With the Innova Crysta, one will find the brakes to offer a reassuring sharp bite, however, a little more feedback from the pedal would have been welcome.

Toyota Innova Crysta Braking & Safety

The braking system of the Innova Crysta has front disc and rear drum brakes with anti-lock braking system as a standard in all variants. The Innova Crysta models have three airbags, one for the driver, one for the co-passenger and the third one for the knee of the driver. The top-end variant ZX has a front side and curtain airbags as additional safety features for the occupants.

Toyota Innova Crysta Cost in Mumbai

Toyota Innova Crysta On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 15,97,301 to 27,10,400 for variants Innova Crysta 2.4 G MT 7 Seater and Innova Crysta 2.8 ZX AT 7 Seater Touring Sport respectively. Toyota Innova Crysta is available in 20 variants and 8 colours. Below are details of Toyota Innova Crysta variants price in Mumbai. Check for Innova Crysta price in Mumbai at Carzprice.

Toyota Innova Crysta Conclusion

The Innova Crysta definitely looks futuristic while the new platform has also helped it shed some amount of ts overall weight. The overhauled interior too looks premium and comes equipped with plenty of new features as well for the comfort of the passengers inside. Even the new drivetrain offered under the hood of this new vehicle is definitely more fuel efficient as well as powerful. The new MPV like we already mentioned above is league ahead of its predecessor and surely will be a worthy successor to the existing Innova which it will replace soon.

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