The much awaited Toyota Innova Crysta was first previewed at the
2016 Auto Expo and now the company has finally launched it for a starting price
of Rs. 13.83 lakh. Since the Innova comes in a brand new avatar, it gets a
refreshed design as well as new engine and transmission options. But the
keeping in mind the price of the previous versions of the Innova one does
wonder why the starting price has jumped by almost Rs. 2.5 lakh for the base
version and more than Rs. 4 lakh for the top variant.
The refreshed design philosophy of the Innova gives it a more bulky
and aggressive look at the same time the interiors of this MPV resonate a more
plush and premium cabin. While a major chunk of the sales volumes of the
previous version has come from the commercial vehicle space, the move to make
it a more premium and up market MPV may be to discourage the purchase of this
vehicle for commercial use. The new Innova Crysta is available with two grades with an automatic
transmission (Zx & Gx) and four grades with manual transmission (Zx, Vx, Gx
The MPV is also available
with a new 2.8L engine which has been mated to a 6-Speed automatic transmission
and a new 2.4L engine which has been mated to a new 5-Speed manual
transmission. Unlike the previous version of the MPV which was available with a
2.0L petrol option the new Innova Crysta will be available with only two diesel
engine options. This also means that the Innova cannot be purchased in New
Delhi and adjoining areas of the region thanks to the dictate Honorable Supreme
The new 2.8L diesel mill
produces 171.5bhp at 3400 rpm and 360Nm of torque from 1200 to 3400 rpm which
ensures a healthy amount of power produced at the mid range of the band. The
low end torque produced at the start of the band will cater for enough torque
to propel this mammoth vehicle through tough terrains as well. The 2.8L mill
however will only be available with a 6-Speed sequential shift auto box and
will cost you a minimum of Rs. 16 lakh (ex-showroom). The 2.4L mill however
will be only available with a 5-Speed manual transmission and produces 147.8bhp
at 3400rpm and 343Nm of torque from 1400 to 2800rpm. The 2.4L mill does not
stand too far behind the 2.8L in terms of performance and on the fuel
efficiency front both vehicles fare the almost the same. The 2.5L diesel mill
on the previous version of the Innova produced 102bhp which when compared to
the new 2.4l and 2.8L engines is a lot less.
The new Innova Crysta
features a new front grill, auto LED projector headlamps, 17' alloys, electrically
retractable and adjustable ORVMs, smart key, rear inverted tail lamps, welcome
lamps on ORVMs and an easy closing tail gate. On the inside the cabin of the
new 2016 Innova Crysta boasts of ambient lighting, a start/ stop button, 7'
touch screen infotainment system, multi-function steering wheel, leather
upholstery, wooden finish on the interior panels, cooled glove box, one touch
tumble fold second row, auto rear AC with digital temperature display, easy
slide front passenger seats, foldable seatback tray with a cup holder, smart
phone integration through USB and AUX.
The new version of the Toyota
Innova also gets a good amount of features on the safety front with 7 Airbags,
Hill-Start Assist, ABS, Vehicle Stability management and a GOA body. With an
all new suspension setup to reduce bounce and pitch the new Innova Crysta also
enhances stability and comfort for passengers. Toyota has also provided two
driving modes in the Innova Crysta -- Power Mode and Eco Mode which comes as
standard across all variants. However the base variants will get only three
airbags and miss out on features like vehicle stability management and hill
To look at and drive the new
Innova Crysta definitely seems to be superior to its predecessor. The Indian commuters
widely accepted and adored the Innova for its versatility and capability, now
at the crescent of the Innova Crysta's popularity, one can wonder whether
customers are willing to pay a hefty price of Rs. 20.8 lakh (ex-showroom) for a
more contemporary MUV. The new Innova Crysta does have a solid bang for your
buck but there are plenty of options in the market which are equally good but
in our opinion the legacy of the Innova will be carried forward by the new
Crysta with ardor.
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