Diesel - 2755cc, 4 cylinder, 16V, GD
Petrol - 2694cc, 4 cylinder, 16V, Dual VVT-i
6-Speed Automatic RWD
Diesel - 171.5bhp@3400rpm
Petrol - 163.7bhp@5200rpm
Diesel - 360Nm@1200-3400rpm
Petrol - 245Nm@4000rpm
Front: Double wishbone with torsion bar
Rear: 4 Link
Fuel Tank Capacity
Diesel - 55 Litres
Petrol - 65 Litres
Diesel - Rs. 20.9
lakh (ex showroom Delhi)
Petrol - Rs. 19.6
lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
Cars, cameras, micro chips and miniskirts,
all of them have one thing in common! They all seem to be getting smaller by the
day. Thankfully, one manufacturer is not making the compact compromise. Toyota
showcased their new Innova Crysta back in February this year at the Auto Expo
and its mammoth proportions bedazzled us. It’s bigger than before and has a
bold new design. But does the Crysta have what it takes to keep the Innova
charm intact? We find out...
To put things into perspective the Innova
Crysta is 150mm longer, 65mm broader and 38mm taller than the older version of
the Innova. That's not all. The Innova Crysta also gets bigger engines. It is now
being offered with a 2.8 litre diesel engine and a 2.7 litre petrol motor. The
diesel, however, seems much better suited for the Innova Crysta while the
petrol engine makes the vehicle feel quite refined and smooth. In terms of
numbers, the 2755cc, 4 cylinder, 16V, GD, diesel engine puts out 171.5bhp at
3400rpm while the 2694cc, 4 cylinder, 16, VVT-i, petrol motor can muster a
total of 163.7bhp at 5200rpm. The diesel engine also has a much better torque
figure when compared with the petrol motor. It churns out 360Nm which is at your
disposal from 1200-3400rpm. The petrol motor pushes out 245Nm at 4000rpm which
sits quite high in the rev band.
As mentioned earlier, the diesel mill is
better suited for the Innova. The reason being, it has more torque which is
available very low in the rpm band at
just 1200rpm and goes up all the way to 3400rpm, the same rpm level at which
the engine also puts out its peak power of 171.5 horses. The 2.8 litre diesel
also attains a higher power figure much quicker in the rpm band than the petrol
engine. But then the 2.7 litre petrol engine is much more refined, smooth and free
of irritating jerks. Both the vehicles that we tested had their engines mated
to 6-speed automatic transmissions. The Innova Crysta is also available with a
5-speed manual transmission.
The automatic sequential transmission feels
a lot more at home when mated with the petrol motor. It is rather smooth and
shifts are quite seamless. That is not the case when it is mated to the diesel
mill wherein up-shifts are a bit more obvious. The Innova Crysta also has
options of switching to a Power Mode or an Eco Mode. While the former caters to
a very sporty drive and gives the driver full advantage of the engine's
potential, the latter is useful in city traffic where fuel efficiency takes a
big hit. Speaking of efficiency, the Innova Crysta's 2.7 litre petrol,
automatic returns close to 15kmpl while the diesel is only slightly better than
Toyota's Innova was also quite popular
because of the comfort it offered while travelling, be it long journeys or
through city traffic. This new Innova Crysta is no different. It rides on a
double wishbone suspension with a torsion beam up front and a 4 link in the
rear. The MPV glides over bad or broken roads with ease, although one needs to
be careful over big potholes as occupants can get tossed about a wee bit.
Toyota has also managed to engineer perfection into the braking setup on the
new Innova Crysta. The front disc and rear drum brake combination is quite
accurate and progressive, lending the driver ample confidence even at great
But that is not all, the Innova Crysta
feels a lot more premium than before. The cabin oozes luxury and the senses are
treated to a rich mix of leather, wood and exquisite materials. In terms of
features also one has a very optimum blend of options on offer ranging from
automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, power adjustable driver seats,
ambient lighting, a touch screen infotainment setup with bluetooth, AUX and USB
capability to steering mounted controls, push button start/ stop, leather
upholstery, cooling box, welcome lamps, projector headlamps with DRLs and
electrically adjustable/ retractable ORVMs. The Innova Crysta also offers one
touch tumble second row seats, easy slide front passenger seat, foldable
seatback tables with cup holders for the second row and plenty of smartly
placed cubby holes and storage spaces.
In terms of safety the MPV has ABS with EBD
on offer along with 7 airbags, vehicle stability management, hill start assist
control and a pitch and bounce control. The Innova Crysta has also offers a
very boxy design with smooth flowing lines which give it an SUV like appeal yet
offering the best of comfort an MPV can. The seats are also quite comfy with
plenty of support and bolstering. While testing out this MPV on Indian roads I
could not help but notice the amount of admirers the Innova Crysta had. On more
than one occasion I saw people sitting in their city smart compact cars gaping in
awe at the mammoth size of the MPV. The Innova Crysta is not just bigger and
bolder in size but is also bigger and bolder in terms of luxury. It offers the
right mix of quality, performance, luxury and features, all at a price point
that is quite justified for the punch it packs.
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