Toyota Innova is the undisputed king of MPVs in India, and it has been a while since the Japanese carmaker updated its best-selling product. At Auto Expo 2016, after months of teasers and spyshots, Toyota has finally debuted the next generation which goes by the name of Toyota Innova Crysta.
The exterior looks more contemporary with majority of changes taking place at the front. The face receives a bold and large hexagonal grille with chunky chrome strips at the top connecting the redesigned headlights. The sides receive chrome window lining and 17-inch alloy wheels; apart from that the design is largely similar to the current generation. The rear view gets L-shaped angular tail lights. Dimensions of the new Innova are reported to be 4,735 mm in length, 1,830 mm in width and 1,795 mm in height. These measurements mean that the MPV has grown by 150 mm in length but the wheelbase remains the same at 2,750 mm.
The interior is seen with vast improvements pertaining to the quality, feel and appearance. The cabin has a dual-tone layout and gets a revised dashboard. The appeal on the inside has been enhanced by the use of aluminium inserts and faux-wood panelling. The one-touch space up seats of the third row will be easier to access, as the second row seats are now endowed with a one-touch tumble feature. The infotainment requirements will be looked after by a 7.0-inch touchscreen, centrally mounted on the dashboard. Top-end variants will feature this system with navigation alongwith captain seats.
The Toyota Innova Crysta will have a lot more features than the older model. These will include automatic climate control with rear auto cooler, cruise control, power driver seat, smart entry with stop/start, cooled glovebox and ambient lighting. The safety aspect has also been duly addressed with the inclusion of airbags, ABS, EBD and Brake Assist as standard on all grades.
An all-new frame underpins the Innova Crysta and a new engine will power it too. Though Toyota has not confirmed the specifications, it is likely to be similar to the Indonesian version although with some changes. There are reports that a 2.4-litre GD series diesel engine with output of 149 hp and 342 Nm of peak torque will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox; the automaker has confirmed that a 6-speed automatic will be available for the very first time.
The Innova Crysta is expected to be launched by mid-2016 with exact specifications being revealed closer to the launch date. The next generation will be costlier than the current vehicle as it will be better in features, equipment, engine and quality but Toyota is looking at localizing a major portion of manufacturing, thus keeping costs in check. Stay tuned to us for more updates as soon as they come in.