At the 2016 Auto Expo, one of the biggest reveal was Toyota Innova Crysta. Already well known to the Indian masses, new Innova was the center of attraction for many at the automotive event. The car looked refreshed and appealing on a desktop, and when we finally got to see it in person, we loved it even more. The car has grown in both - status and size.
Toyota, the world's largest automaker, is quite popular around the globe. It has made quite an impact on the Indian soil too. Although, Toyota does not have a wide range of cars in the country, it surely does have one in all the important places. Their first huge success in India was Qualis which later transformed into Innova. Indians not only accepted their beloved MPV in its new form, but also accepted it into their families as a personal car. Following the success of previous two generations in India, the Japanese auto giant is ready to work its magic yet again. Let's see what Toyota has in its belly with the all new Innova Crysta.
Toyota has done a magnificent job sculpting this MPV. We know MPVs to be dull and boring in appeal, but Innova has managed to look beautiful and edgy, from the front at least. The all new headlamp cluster looks good and is held between two shiny strips which extend from the 2-slat grille. The hexagonal air dam is big and adds an aggressive character to the car. The headlamp cluster itself is a three part unit which has projectors and four LED lights placed neatly in a square arrangement.
The big Toyota insignia on the grille is where the two slats meet. This, aligned with the strong border lines on the bonnet, gives the car a nice flow in design. Moving to the side profile, Innova undoubtedly looks long. The sharp glass layout towards the C-pillars gives Innova some character. Other than that, only the alloys add to the appeal while for every other aspect, it remains a typical MPV. The boomerang shaped tail light cluster is the major attraction at the rear and the roof spoiler adds to the overall package.
Inside, the car has a lot to offer. Not only Toyota has lifted its image of equipping its cars with less than average interiors, but has completely transformed it. The insides of the car look plush and upmarket. The new layout incorporates wood finish and a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system with navigation.
The entire layout of the dashboard is driver focused and ergonomic. The gear shifter is placed at a good height and the steering wheel also looks like one of an expensive SUV. It also has mounted control for audio, calls and cruise. Everything put into this car fits perfectly and comes out as a premium package, which will be well received by Indian customers.
Now this is where the real surprise is. The all new Toyota Innova brings with it all new power plants. It will have a 2.4-litre 2GD FTV four-cylinder diesel engine as standard and the 2.8-litre Z variants showcased at the event also hints towards a powerful top end variant. The 2.4-litre variant will have about 142bhp of power along with 342 Nm of torque. Mileage of this engine is expected to be around 14-16 kmpl. Transmissions will be of 2 types, a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic with sequential shaft and cruise control.
INSIDE: The all new Innova comes loaded with features. Some of them include leather interior, ambient lighting, automatic climate control with rear auto cooler, power adjustable driver seat, easy close boot gate, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment with navigation, smart entry and push button start.
OUTSIDE: Innova has 17-inch alloy wheels, improved suspension with pitch and bounce control, three new colors and chrome window lining in exteriors.
SAFETY & DIMENSIONS
Innova Crysta has front dual SRS airbags, Anti-Lock Braking System with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist as standard on all variants. The new Innova is 4735mm long (which is about 150mm longer than the older one), 1795mm tall (35mm taller than the previous one) and 1830mm wide (which is 65mm wider than before). The wheelbase is identical to the old one at 2750mm.
As said earlier, The mighty Innova has grown. Its bigger, better, faster and a lot more premium than before. All these improvements will come at a cost. We expect Innova to top around a Rs. 22 lac price tag, which is a lot of money. The car is fantastic but, it will all boil down to the Indian mindset, whether or not people accept this commuter MPV as a premium product.