It’s been nearly 11 years since the Toyota Innova was introduced in the Indian market as a replacement for the ageing Qualis. From then on, the MPV has dominated sales and has been soldiering on without any claimants to its crown.
Finally, here we are in 2016 and Toyota has thought the time has come for the Innova to get a thorough update. Welcome the Innova Crysta. This here, is the second generation of Toyota’s revered model and is available in four trims: G, GX, VX and ZX. With the exception of the top-end ZX trim (which comes with seven seats), all grades have the option of eight seats.
The exterior of the Innova looks bold with a chunky chrome grille, the sides get new alloy designs whereas the rear gets angular tail lamps. The design can be termed as an evolution of the existing one, a fact, that is instantly apparent with the familiar silhouette. Dimension wise the Crysta is bigger but still retains the body-on-frame construction along with the IMV platform.
Coming to the interior, it is much more premium than before with better quality of materials as well as the fit and finish. The dashboard is completely redesigned and now sports a flowing layout with silver and wooden accents that enhance appeal. Revisions continue with the 3D combi meter, which is basically the analog speedometer and tachometer with a 4.2-inch Multi Information Display sandwiched in between. The steering wheel is a leather-wrapped multi-function unit that aids comfort and ups the premium factor. Getting in and out of the third row is made less arduous due to the introduction of one-touch tumble feature for the second row.
The equipment list is vast and depending on the trim level, several features such as automatic LED projector headlamps, ambient illumination, cooled upper glove box and rear auto AC with digital display are available.
Not the one to skimp on safety, Toyota will equip the Crysta with three airbags; ABS, EBD & BA; three point seat belts and an ISOFIX child restraint system. Top variants will get seven airbags (instead of three), Vehicle Stability Control and Hill Assist Control on top of what is mentioned above.
Moving to the engines, there’s two of them, both diesels. The previous 2.5-litre engine has been done away with and in its place a smaller and more powerful 2.4-litre engine is now offered. This unit is capable of 150bhp and 343Nm and is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The other diesel is a bigger 2.8-litre mill that pushes out 174bhp and 360Nm, however, this powerplant comes equipped exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Innova Crysta debuts three new body colours: Garnet Red, White Pearl Crystal Shine and Avant-garde Bronze. The new model is priced competitively and in a way which will retain the existing customers with the base models. The higher variants though, are significantly more expensive than the older model that will mainly be brought by individuals rather than fleet operators.
So, do you like the new Innova? If you had the dough (or have) would you buy one? Oh, so you want to know the price before deciding. Sorry about that. Here are the ex-showroom, Mumbai prices, just for you.
2.4 G 7S MT – Rs 13.83 lakh
2.4 G 8S MT – Rs 13.88 lakh
2.4 GX 7S MT – Rs 14.69 lakh
2.4 GX 8S MT – Rs 14.74 lakh
2.4 VX 7S MT – Rs 17.53 lakh
2.4 VX 8S MT – Rs 17.57 lakh
2.4 ZX 7S MT – Rs 19.47 lakh
2.8 GX 7S AT – 15.99 lakh
2.8 GX 8S AT – Rs 16.04 lakh
2.8 ZX 7S AT – 20.77 lakh