Toyota Innova Crysta Overview

Toyota has built an all new Innova and has named it the Innova Crrysta. The Crysta is a step above the original Innova and turns out to be a premium people mover with the new equipment and build, way up the ladder from where the first Innova started in 2005. The Innova Crysta is all new, based on the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform. Since it began sales in 2005, the Innova had remained pretty much the same, save for a host of cosmetic updates which came in three batches with the last one coming in 2014.The Innova Crysta ideally competes with the Mahindra XUV 500 and the soon to be launched Tata Hexa. The pricing though indicates that the Innova Crysta demands a chunky premium over its competition, something the buyers would pay for an equally reliable and better equipped car. For information on contact details of Toyota car dealers in Kolkata

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Toyota Innova Crysta Look

Like we said, the Crysta is a complete departure from the older Innova. Everything has been reworked extensively in order to give it that premium appeal. The design is fresh that ditches the slender proportions for a wider, more muscular stance. It is safe to say that the older generation was long in the tooth in terms of design, despite multiple facelifts. Toyota couldn’t have timed the update better. The front now features a prominent hexagonal grille that gets two massive chrome slats that flow into the projector headlamps. Most of the real estate at the front is taken up by the large bumper. We particularly like the detailing in the smoked-out headlamps and the placement of the LED pilot lamps. The lower half of the grille is glossy black, which helps break the bulk at the front.

Over to the side, the Crysta’s van-like proportions come to the fore. While there’s nothing interesting to speak of other than the large 17-inch wheels, we like how Toyota has managed to keep things simple and uncluttered. Little dabs of chrome on the door handles and the outside rear-view mirror add a touch of class to the profile.The rear ditches the triangular tail lamps for a much more aggressive, sabertooth inspired design.The rear profile is nearly slab-sided, with a large glasshouse that takes up most of the space. Subtle touches like the spoiler and the shark-fin antenna add some spice to an otherwise boring rear profile.

Toyota Innova Crysta Comfort

Arguably the biggest transformation has happened on the inside and the cabin feels spacious, open and crisply styled. The modern dashboard looks fresh, is well detailed and the swooping dash top looks really great without being overdone. Details like the single piece of metal strip which runs across the top of the dashboard looks premium and classy. Visibility from the high front seats is good and this makes it easy to drive especially in traffic.Despite the swooping dash, ergonomics are spot-on and everything from the touchscreen to the Air-con controls are tilted upwards for ease of use. The blue backlit instrument cluster looks modern and the digital centre screen hosts a comprehensive trip computer. USB and aux-in ports are cleverly placed in the middle for an easy access for front and rear passengers. As an observation we would have preferred more USB ports especially considering it’s a premium seven seater. The touchscreen is intuitive to use and it host various information like satellite navigation, eco display (which shows how efficiently you are driving), Bluetooth telephony and music system controls. On the downside I would have preferred the volume control to be a knob for easier access while driving.

As far as upholstery is concerned the top of the line ZX variant gets leather seats. But while in the manual transmission variant you get an all-black cabin which looks sporty, the automatic features a more classy brown upholstery. Overall quality especially on the upper portion of the dashboard is quite good and Toyota has added some elements to justify the high asking price. The touch points like the armrest on the doorpad is covered in soft velvety fabric, the chunky leather wrapped steering with large control button is great to hold, the gloss black finish on the front doorpads look classy (weirdly the rear doorpad gets wood finish) and even the control stalks are of high order. But considering it’s an expensive car we expected better consistency especially lower down in the cabin.The sea of black hard plastics around the glovebox, cupholders and doorpads look shiny and the graining could have been better too. Even the air-con buttons are too small and the chrome finish doesn’t look very convincing. We also felt that although the old Innova didn’t have the premium leather dash top and modern design, it had better quality consistency across the cabin.

Thanks to the larger dimensions the cabin feels wider and is more spacious than before. Seat comfort is first rate and the contoured front buckets are very comfortable. The driver seat in this top Z variant is powered too, and combined with the telescopic steering adjust, finding an ideal driving position is extremely easy. The middle row sees the biggest improvement and the extra cabin width has allowed Toyota engineers to give larger and more accommodating captain seats.The middle-row buckets are supportive, underthigh support is really good and the reclining backrest makes this a great chauffer-driven car. The ceiling mounted blue ambient lighting and the large glass area makes this a great place to be in.Even the front passenger seat can be adjusted using a well designed lever from the back. If you love working on the go, the foldable trays in the back are placed at an ideal height and their 7 kg weight capacity make them perfect to place your laptops on.

The third row though is not a huge improvement over the old car and the combination of the high floor and low seat makes it comfy only for short stints. You also get a removable headrest for the middle passenger (how will he fit in the narrow seat is a different matter) and all three occupants get three point seatbelts.Visibility from the third row though is hampered by the stylish triangular quarter glass. With all three rows up, boot space is reasonable and can be extended by folding the last row when not in use.

Toyota Innova Crysta Gearbox

Toyota has replaced the KD series of diesel engines with the GD series. The new oil burners are vastly improved in every regard, featuring richer hardware and crucially a big jump in power and torque outputs. Both the 2.4-litre and 2.8-litre engines are similar in hardware and also get Eco and Power modes – which naturally alter performance (the default mode is in between both). So in Eco mode, you can feel the motors don’t rev so quickly while in Power mode, the added punch is very apparent, the Innova being very quick to pick up speed.

The 2.4-litre oil burner comes matched to a 5-speed manual gearbox which offers smooth shifts, the clutch too is light. But the gear lever vibrates a lot on start-up, just like in the first gen model. The 2.8-litre diesel is only offered with a 6-speed automatic gearbox and while shifts aren’t the quickest, they are smooth. One can also shift gears manually by using the tiptronic function on the gear lever. Both the engines have a bit of lag lower down which is quite well masked and power delivery is very linear, the mid-range being the strong suit of the GD mills.

In the 2.4-litre manual, 100 km/hr in top gear results in 2200 RPM on the tachometer while the ton comes up in third gear. The new Innova does feel more relaxed while cruising unlike the old model where you would miss a sixth gear. Both the engines redline at 4500 RPM and the big improvement in the Innova is the refinement, there are very little vibrations inside the cabin. However, push the motor hard and the engine makes quite the sound, still better than the old Innova but could have been better. Fuel efficiency isn’t great with ARAI claimed mileage being 15.10 km/l for the 2.4-litre model while the 2.8-litre automatic manages 14.29 km/l, a mild hybrid system would have done the trick. The increase in weight by a considerable 200 kgs is reason to blame for the average fuel economy.

Toyota Innova Crysta Driving

The good news just keeps coming, as the other great strength of the Innova – its comfortable and all-conquering ride – has not been tampered with either. At just about any and all speeds, the big MPV just punishes bumps and potholes into submission. The suspension is tuned a little on the soft side and absorbs all sorts of road irregularities well, and if there is a slight jittery feeling, it’s more down to the relatively large 17-inch wheels than the suspension. In a straight line on the highway, the Innova Crysta stays superbly flat and composed, keeping cabin occupants comfortable throughout. The only disappointment is the steering. Of course, one cannot expect sportscar precision in an MPV, but the Crysta’s wheel feels too heavy at low speeds and requires too many turns, lock to lock, to make a U-turn. Conversely, at higher speeds, it starts to feel loose and inconsistent, and this can get a little disconcerting. You’ll also feel a bit of steering shock through the wheel as you drive over sharper bumps. And, expectedly, there’s loads of body roll around corners, and combined with the slow, heavy and mushy steering, this is really not a car you want to drive enthusiastically

Toyota Innova Crysta 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 Costin Hyderabad

Toyota Innova Crysta Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 13,73,998/- (Innova Crysta 2.7 GX MT 7 Seater) to 22,68,634/- (Innova Crysta 2.8 ZX AT 7 Seater Touring Sport). Get best offers for Toyota Innova Crysta from Toyota Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Innova Crysta price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Toyota Innova Crysta Bottomline

The Innova Crysta has gone on sale at a price range of Rs 13.84-20.78 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). Yes, that puts it out of the realm of conventional MPVs from Maruti, Honda, Chevrolet, Mahindra and Renault and almost into the territory of seven-seat SUVs and even executive sedans. When you’re paying this much money, you have certain expectations of space, quality, luxury and comfort, and the good news is the Innova Crysta delivers on just about all of them. Sure, refinement is still not the greatest, and the steering, clutch and gearbox can get a bit tiresome in traffic, but these are minor setbacks in the scheme of things. The Crysta takes all the old Innova’s strengths that customers just love, and amplifies them. Yes, you will have to pay a premium for it, but as most owners of the previous car will tell you, it will be worth it.

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